Snack Tray Lunches

Weather has been warm and beautiful lately, and we have been enjoying outside lunches as much as possible these days. The easiest way  to make this happen has been snack tray lunches. What is a snack tray lunch you ask? It’s where I pile all the leftovers and odds and ends from the fridge onto…

Roasted Beets

Beets were one of those things that I was intimidated and confused by before I actually figured out how to cook them. I grew up with pickled beets from a jar (also delicious), but I didn’t have roasted beets until after college. I still remember the delicious quinoa salad I had them on with a…

Division of Responsibility in Feeding

In my early days as a WIC clinic nutritionist, I stumbled upon a book in a reference section for one of the classes I was teaching. This book revolutionized the way I thought about feeding children. It focused more on the psychological aspect of feeding children than the physical. Everyone pretty much knows kids should…

Instant Pot Carnitas

Have you ever eaten a dish at a restaurant and thought, “I wish I could make that”. This is exactly what happened last weekend. We had a lovely weekend spending time with my husband’s brother, sister-in-law, and nephew. We don’t get to see them all that often, and it makes it extra sweet to see…

Cooking with Toddlers: Yogurt Edition

I have a confession. I do not like yogurt. I know, at this day and age we are all supposed to be working on our “gut health” and doing all the probiotic things, right? Yogurt, kombucha, kefir, sauerkraut, etc. We always had the little tubs of individually packaged yogurt with flavors that gave their best…

Backed Chicken Taquitos

I’m always on the hunt for dinner options that are fun, easy, and the whole family likes. These crispy chicken taquitos fit the bill. They are perfect served with a simple guacamole and pico de gallo. Baking these gives the crunch I was craving without having to deep fry and grease up my whole kitchen….

Easy Roasted Broccoli

It has been an exhausting, fun few weeks. We had company for most of the past month. My in-laws visited for a few weeks, my husband’s friend came to town for a visit, and then my mom visited for a few days. We battled sickness (thankfully before all the guests), visited museums and breweries, romped…

Cooking with Toddlers: Tools and Tasks

Staying at home with small kiddos has plenty of challenges. Some days we make barely make it to nap time. That’s why I like to blend the tasks I need to get done with toddler activity time. One easy way to do this is making cooking time an activity. Sound like you’re adding more stress…

Roasted Chickpeas

My in-laws have been visiting for the past few weeks from out of state. It has been a whirlwind of 3 year old birthday party prep and execution, park days, and yummy family dinners (if I do say so myself). It has been such a joy seeing the girls connect with their grands that live…

Gluten Free Confetti Waffles

My little girl turned 3 today. We had a narwhal-themed party over the weekend with extended family and a few friends. If you have not read the Narwhal and Jelly series by Ben Clanton, I highly recommend those books.  They are sweet and funny, and they always have a good message about friendship and being…

Snack Trios

I don’t know about your house, but we are right in the thick of the “I don’t want that…I want something else” phase of toddler eating. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten a snack or meal ready in the past few months, only to hear “I don’t like that, I want cereal”….

Honey Barbeque Chicken Wings

Is it ever too early to prep your super bowl menu? I think not. I must confess, my favorite part of most holidays is menu planning. I could care less who is playing, but bring on the endless appetizers! These honey barbecue chicken wings are going to be perfect for the big game in a…