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6 Kitchen Shortcuts that Really Work (and Why)

November 17, 2015
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There’s no shortage of advice for getting meals on the table. Advice like cooking meals ahead and meal planning are everywhere. Most of us can recite this advice but when it comes to real life, it can be hard to follow. I have learned that it’s better to come up with my own kitchen time […]

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If I Had to Start from Scratch Feeding My Kids, Here’s What I’d Do

November 5, 2015
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I had my first child 9 years ago. It’s hard to believe she’s halfway to adulthood with her little brother trailing just two and half years behind. I’ve learned a lot about feeding kids both by reading research, talking to parents and simply living the ups and downs. I feel a strange clarity in the […]

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Rice Cooker Quinoa with Veggies

September 18, 2015
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Last weekend, I met up with friends to celebrate 20 years since our dietetic internship. I cannot believe it’s been that long. Our internship was in the amazing city of New Orleans. To say we had fun and enjoyed the food culture in New Orleans is an understatement. So it’s no surprise that our California […]

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5 Ways to Boost Your Child’s Independence in the Kitchen

August 14, 2015
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I’m reading How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims. The book details how parents today do way too much for their kids. There are various reasons for this, including nonstop extracurricular activities and school work. The problem is when kids leave home, they know how to get an A on a test and kick […]

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3 Simple Strategies for Using Up Veggies Before They Go Bad

March 24, 2015
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In my house, vegetables are the food item most likely to get tossed out. That’s because most veggies have a short life and they tend not to be something (like fruit) you can just grab and eat as is. In other words, they take preparation time. I started to get serious about decreasing veggie waste […]

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30 Meal Challenge (Meals 26-30): The Final 5!

February 24, 2015

I’m glad I took the 30 meal challenge even if it took me well over 30 days! Finding time to really focus and figure out my family’s “meal vision” has helped tremendously. I’ve decided to rotate (and continue to master) about 25 meals instead of the original plan of 30. I still have to refine […]

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5 Things Parents Who Create Happy Mealtimes Don’t Do

February 18, 2015
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Most parents understand, intellectually, that the kitchen table should be a happy place. But then reality hits: crazy schedules, complaining kids and nutrition standards that seem impossible to meet. The truth is there is a lot that can get in a way of creating enjoyable family meals.

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30 Meal Challenge (Meals 22-25): Three Kinds of Soup and Pork Tenderloin

February 2, 2015
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Up to meal 25! I know I haven’t met my goal of 30 days but I’m pretty close. Only 5 more meals. I focused on soups last week. For lunches, I like to have either soup or salad with my meal because it has staying power. Nothing is worse than feeling hungry an hour after […]

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30 Meal Challenge (Meals 18-21): Crust-Less Quiche, Italian Dishes & Chicken Tenders

January 26, 2015
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Kind of a mish mash of meals today. Let’s dig in… Crust-less Quiche I would love to find more ways to cook eggs other than breakfast. I’ve tried frittatas a few times and some are okay, but none have stuck. My husband is opposed to quiche because of memories of having to eat it during […]

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30 Meal Challenge (Meals 15-17): Shrimp Two Ways and Salmon Cakes

January 21, 2015
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This challenge is getting difficult but I’m more than halfway there! Today I’m highlighting two shrimp meals and my never-ending attempt at Salmon Cakes. Baked Orange Shrimp I like cooking with shrimp because it cooks fast and is easy to defrost.  I posted this baked shrimp and broccoli recipe awhile ago but I want something […]

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