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National Family Meals Month

In honor of National Family Meals Month, I am sharing a fun family recipe.  A twist on your Mama’s lasagna by making Lasagna 'Grilled Cheese' using Cucina Antica pasta sauce. This month falls in line with back-to-school and reminds us to bring families back to the dinner table, to share time together and a good meal!

Cucina Antica sauces are a great option for National Family Meals Month.  All…

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Added by Jessica Briggs on August 11, 2017 at 6:19pm — No Comments

How many times will you cook this weekend?

I feel like I spend a lot of time in the kitchen on the weekends. This is probably because I cook several more meals on weekends than during weekdays: While I regularly make my and my son's lunches in the mornings, breakfast is provided at his school.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on May 19, 2017 at 6:37am — No Comments

Getting back to our routines

Last weekend, my son went to swim lessons. It had been three weeks since he had been, and on the car ride home he happily talked all about them. "It's good to get back to the routine of them," he said.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on May 5, 2017 at 6:55am — No Comments

9 Meals My Daughter Eats Regularly

Planning meals and snacks out for your toddler can be a bit frustrating. After all, with six meals each day to think of, you may be wondering what the hell to feed them?…

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Added by Shelby Stover on February 1, 2017 at 6:00pm — No Comments

5 Recipes Your Liver Will Love

Last week I wrote about how  (and why!) I'm giving my liver some…

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Added by Shelby Stover on January 25, 2017 at 6:00pm — No Comments

A Day In The Life Of My Daughters Food Intake

At 16m my daughter loves food. Like LOVES food. Some kids will play through their hunger and forget to eat. Not mine. In our house, you can't…

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Added by Shelby Stover on January 15, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

It's OK to give up on the peas

It's dinnertime, and I am preparing two meals. I find that I do this frequently enough that I question my sanity, but not often enough that I stop doing it. I would like to prepare just one meal - one that my whole family enjoys, but that doesn't happen every day of the week, so two meals it is.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 17, 2016 at 7:06am — No Comments

Cooking at home

This past weekend, I helped my son make pancakes.



I phrased it that way on purpose, as this was the first time I let him take the lead in making pancakes while I supervised. Up to this point, I would only let him do the prep work and stir ingredients together. But this time I let him work with the batter on…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 21, 2016 at 6:17am — No Comments

Leaving the cereal on the shelf

I ate breakfast every morning when I was little - oatmeal in the winter, cereal in the warmer months, pancakes or waffles on the weekends. Breakfast was, after all, the most important meal of the day. I probably needed that meal to sustain me as the nuns were not going to let us eat again until lunch at 12:30.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on May 17, 2016 at 6:26am — No Comments

Do I have to eat this?

At the beginning of every month, I plan out all the meals that we are going to eat. For the whole month. I do this for a few reasons (meal planning, to ensure we aren't getting repetitive with our dinners, and to allow myself a few nights off from cooking each week). And I am painfully aware that as I plan out the meals there will be a number of dinners my son will not want to eat. Chicken tikka masala? No way. Pulled pork sandwiches? Not…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 7, 2016 at 7:12am — No Comments

Favorite Make-Ahead Meals

For once, our freezer is stocked. I still feel like it's not enough, but I have no room for anymore stuff, so I guess it will have to do! I've been making a few extra meals each week for the last few weeks to stock up on meals for when the baby comes. I've learned that anytime I make a casserole, to just make two of them and freeze the other one. It really doesn't take anymore time and saves me from cooking a meal on another day. It's so handy that I will continue to do it from now on to…

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Added by Ashley Sieker on February 8, 2016 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Distracted dining hurts families

When I was little we had a simple rule in our household: No eating in front of the television. We ate our meals at the tables in the kitchen or dining room. In nice weather, we ate outside on the deck.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 7, 2015 at 6:23am — 3 Comments

Let's talk about cake for a minute

When was the last time you had a nice piece of cake? Was it at a celebration? Or maybe it was after a nice dinner out with family or friends? Whatever the event, you probably remember it really well, because it turns out that eating sweets is linked to episodic memories.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 17, 2015 at 6:14am — No Comments

Finding the time to eat

Every evening when I come home from work, I ask my son about his lunch. Most days he gives it high praise: "It was double fantastic awesome!" Some days he gives me helpful criticism: "Please pack the crackers and the cheese separately so the crackers don't get soggy." Our deal is that he has to bring home everything that he didn't eat so I can make sure that he is consuming enough healthy food.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 3, 2015 at 6:36am — 2 Comments

Mini Pizza Recipe

Mini Pizza Recipe

Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack... Repeat. There are days when I’m not exciting about having to prepare another meal. Eating is important, I know, but its nice to have a break sometimes... even if its only for one meal. This is mini pizza recipe is one that the kids can completely make themselves! All you have to do is place it in the oven, set the timer, and take it out!…

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Added by Jazelle on August 27, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

One Recipe, Three Meals

One Recipe, Three Meals

My crockpot has become a dear friend over the past 6 years... Pretty much when I started having kids. Its so easy to throw all your ingredients in, cover, and the let magic happen. Whether you work outside the home or from inside the home, there's nothing better than to smell the wonderful aroma of your dinner cooking and to know that all you have to do is grab a plate and fork. Sigh. There are a plethora…

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Added by Jazelle on July 30, 2015 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Packing For Tomorrow

Packing for tomorrow

Last night, the kids and I had the opportunity to pack some lunches for the West Suburban PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) organization. This non-profit agency gives emergency food and shelter to individuals and families in the West Suburban Cook County area. They operate a shelter every Tuesday night and provide lunches for the next day. There are many PADS programs available all over with some even supplying permanent housing and supportive services for their…

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Added by Jazelle on July 21, 2015 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Weeknight Meals in 3 Steps (and less than 30 minutes)!

Didn't set the slow cooker this morning? Don't have leftovers to serve again for dinner tonight? Don't freak out just yet. Here are a…

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Added by Patricia Pazos on March 26, 2015 at 2:58pm — 2 Comments

Baked Chicken Nuggets - 3 ingredients, 20 minutes, healthy meal!

I made these last night and they were delicious! I only wish that I had made more to freeze, we ate them all for dinner! These homemade chicken nuggets were so easy, and only have 3 ingredients (not counting salt and pepper, which I happened to forget anyway): ground chicken, panko bread crumbs, and olive oil! The whole process of making them was quick and painless, and I knew the quality of the meat and breading was much healthier than any chicken nuggets that can be bought in…

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Added by Michelle Ruth Brown on February 26, 2015 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

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