4 Festive Tomato Recipes for the Entire Family

When we think of the holiday season, our minds go straight to thoughts of freshly baked cookies, lights on every house, gifts, holiday music and festivities. This year, we want you to add tomatoes to your holiday plans! With their beautiful red color, tomatoes are perfect for adding flair to holiday recipes.

How to Practice Mindful Eating During the Holidays

I want my children to eat healthily and grow up with a healthy relationship with food. My youngest prefers fruits and veggies over sweets while my oldest would be happy to eat only chicken and bread for an eternity. Parenting both ends of the spectrum, at the same table, can be really tough. We had a meltdown one night at dinner. Afterwards, I was replaying the scene in my head, “why is it that one of my kids always says no to new foods while the other would nosh through almost anything and proudly ask for seconds or even thirds?” Is one behavior actually better than the other?

6 Ways to Get Kids to Try New Fruits & Veggies

Preparing meals for toddlers [aka living with 3 of them] often presents a struggle of getting them to eat AND enjoy a variety of fruits and vegetables. I grew up and still have a diet that involves variety, as food and eating have always been a fun experience for me. I know it’s not the same for others [especially toddlers], and that finding ONE fruit and vegetable to “like” is not always an easy task. But let me tell you, once you find that one fruit or vegetable, you’ll likely find a few more to like and enjoy too. So here are a few tips for discovering your “introductory produce” to start eating healthier.

Caramelized Butternut Squash

In my home, butternut squash remains a cautionary yellow light food, meaning my kids proceed with caution. They are still leery of this bright orange veggie which shows up in the fall. I love the comforting flavor of squash, and present it in new ways to get my family on board.   

Kid-Friendly Kitchen Tasks for Every Age

Creating a meal together as a family means more than just tasty food on the table. Getting the entire family involved in preparing the main event will create memories that will last forever and maybe a new family tradition. Plus, extra hands are always a plus!

How to Host Thanksgiving for the First Time

Planning your first Thanksgiving can be overwhelming! From choosing how many sides to make, timing the cooking of all your dishes, and selecting a turkey, there are so many decisions involved when hosting a holiday gathering. Last year I planned my first Thanksgiving and although it didn’t go as smoothly as I hoped, I came away with 10 tips and tricks for a stress-free gathering.

10 Must-Have Products for Thanksgiving

Are you prepped and ready for Thanksgiving? It’s hard to believe this day of family, food and thankfulness is just 2 weeks away. If you haven’t already, now’s the time to get your game day plan together. Whether this is your first Thanksgiving or you’re a pro, there’s something for everyone on this list. Here are our top 10 must-have products for Thanksgiving.

8 Ways to Lighten Up Your Holiday Menu + a free e-cookbook!

Between holiday parties and family get-togethers, it can sometimes be hard to keep things healthy. The holidays are known for rich dishes and decadent desserts. While we certainly don’t want to take away from classic dishes or family recipes, there are simple ways to lighten up those dishes by swapping an ingredient or adding a veggie.

How to Stop Short-Order Cooking for Your Family

I had a moment the other night when my son told me he was hungry as I tucked him into his bed. I cringed thinking, “am I really sending my child to bed hungry?!” I also cringed at the thought of the amount of food I had wasted at dinner just a few hours before bedtime. That was one of the first times this scene has played out in our house since I’ve implemented the “no short-order cooking” rule for my family. Personally, I found that making separate meals was not only exhausting as the head chef in our house, but it enabled picky eating. So how did I make the transition from toddler favorites like chicken nuggets and buttered corn to plating one meal for the entire family? It took some trial and error, but here’s how.

6 Healthy and Delicious Ways To Prepare Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a vegetable you can always find in my kitchen. Knowing that they are one of my family’s favorite, I try to include them in our meals regularly. I’ve prepared sweet potatoes in so many different ways over the years, the ideas are truly endless!