Fresh Strawberry Vanilla Pancakes

These are so incredibly delicious they shouldn’t even be called pancakes. They deserve a fancy French dessert name that makes it sound like they took 8 hours to make.  Fortunately, you can whip them up in only a few minutes and their vanilla- cinnamon-berry perfection will make even an ordinary Monday taste like a special occasion.  Your kids will love them! Continue reading

M’organic Chicken Pot Pie

When I had my 4th child some friends arranged to bring dinners over to our house every Thursday.  It was so great while it lasted (almost enough to make me want to have another child — just kidding, honey!)  and, in addition to some yummy meals, I got a bunch of amazing recipes.  My friend Sarah brought this chicken pot pie and I loved it for 3 reasons:  it was delicious, she cut the top crust into an “L” for Liam’s name, and she brought 2 pies – one to eat, one to freeze.

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Your real food road map – don’t get lost in the natural foods aisle!

When we first started eating real food the concept seemed simple enough-  just eat food that’s real, not fake.  Got it.  But when I started looking for some clear directional signs (labels) on this journey, I started to feel a little lost.  There are a lot of marketing labels on foods that appear to point in the right direction, like “natural”, but are actually a quick exit right off the real food road.  To help you stay on track, here’s a map of our “Real Food Rules”, some reliable road markers, and some tips for avoiding marketing detours. Continue reading

Buy This, Not That! 3 items to change today

The idea for this post is inspired by my sister who’s a busy mom of 3 and wants to eat healthy, but doesn’t always have time to read up on the choices.  As a result, she’ll text me, “I’m at the store.  What bread should I buy?” (insert any food item for bread).  And, because when I’m at the store I love reading ingredient labels and taking pictures of the “good” and the “bad” (I know – weird -and apparently very embarrassing for my kids), I usually have a handy picture on my phone that I can text back to her showing which item she should buy.

So, here are 3 easy switches to make next time you’re at the supermarket. (My kids love cereal for breakfast and pb&j’s for lunch, so these are biggies in our house.)

 

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Super Hero Fruits and Veggies to the Rescue!

If you have picky eaters, like I do, you’re going to love this!  My kids are always ready for something sweet, so fruit is always popular in our house, but it’s been a bit of a struggle to get them to eat their veggies.  Then I started to realize that when I change something just a little bit, they’re so much more inclined to eat it.  For example, when I un-tossed our salads and put the ingredients in a row they loved it!  Then I found little round carrots at Trader Joes, called “Parisian Carrots” and they gobbled them up.  So, to encourage them to eat a rainbow of fruits and veggies everyday I created these Super Heros.  I just printed them out on cardstock, folded the paper in half and I prop the appropriate cards up next to their plates. Continue reading

Cobb Salad – Another “M-organic Meal”!

I am so excited to share this simple, magical, “un-salad” recipe that has changed my kids into salad eaters (although, weirdly, they do not even realize this is a salad).  To be honest, salads have never played a starring role in our family dinners, mostly because even a small amount on the kids’ plates is usually enough to completely freak them out and start an all out eat-your-veggies war – which I’ve learned almost never results in them actually eating their veggies.

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