Family Meals

Sunday Morning Fun & Menu Plan Monday: Week of November 3, 2014

Hope everyone had a happy, healthy, safe, and fun Halloween! My girls had a blast trick-or-treating with some of their little friends and collecting candy. Once they went to bed, mommy and daddy had our fill of what they collected 😉  Don’t worry, we saved them some! The rest of the weekend was treat-filled too with mini-muffins at brunch Saturday and a birthday party with cupcakes on Sunday. To balance out all these fun foods, we did our best to make the other meals a little nutritionally so… read more »

Getting Dinner on the Table and Menu Plan Monday: Week of October 13, 2014

Every week I post my Menu Plan Monday with the hope that I’m inspiring your cooking and taking out some of the work of your meal planning. Whether you’re a parent, caregiver, personal chef, student, man, or woman, getting dinner on the table is no easy feat and everyone can use a hand or two to get it done. So when this weekend’s NY Times Magazine Food Issue was released online, I was especially intrigued by Virginia Heffernan’s article “What if You Just Hate Maki… read more »

Veggie & Bean Quinoa Bites {Recipe ReDux}

 Gluten-free and nut-free Veggie & Bean Quinoa Bites are packed with protein and fiber, making them the perfect centerpiece of your children’s lunchbox.  Bars & Bites for Brown Bags Whether you pack your lunch in a bento box, a brown bag or a retro cartoon character lunch box, don’t forget the bars and bites. Small squares or round bites can pack nutrition into a sweet or savory taste. Show us your favorite way to jazz up any type of lunch box. This time of year is especially crazy with t… read more »

Salmon Peach Quinoa Salad {Recipe}

Make this one bowl meal with quinoa, salmon, and summer fruits and vegetables for an easy lunch or dinner. Perfect for families short on time! Making my way through the backlog of magazines I have piling up, I came across a Quinoa Salmon Salad recipe in the August issue of Parents Magazine. It especially caught my eye since it was under the monthly “5 Easy Meals” – what working parent doesn’t want an easy meal to prepare?! The recipe in itself sounded really good, but the photo… read more »

Lightened Up Macaroni and Cheese {Recipe}

Lightened Up Macaroni and Cheese is so creamy, cheesy, ooey, and gooey that you’d never know it’s better for you! You may not believe me, but lightened up macaroni and cheese does exist, and I am going to tell you how. But before I do, let me fill you in on my love of mac n cheese. As a child, a box of macaroni and cheese with the yellow cheese powder was one of my favorite dinners. I was a picky eater back then and it was one of the few meals that my mother knew I would eat. And I did so very happily. A… read more »