I love everything about Thanksgiving- from the decorating, to the cooking, to the eating (ok, maybe not the clean-up)- but one thing I don’t love is the idea of chemicals and “manufactured food products” masquerading as my favorite foods.
When you’re planning your meal, I’m sure you’re not planning on cooking with and serving “Sodium Bisulfite”, “Partially Hydrogenated Oil”, “Pyrophosphate”, “Disodium Guanylate”, “Disodium Inosinate”, “Propyl Gallate”, and a slew of other unknown items. However, if you’re using one of these boxed options you’re serving all of this and more.
One of the things I hear most often from other moms is that it’s time consuming to eat real food all the time. It’s so much easier to grab a pre-packaged mix. Well, here’s a little secret: You don’t need to buy packaged mixes! You can make your own in 5 minutes. Here’s a “pre-made mix” I created that you can use any time you want to make things like pancakes, muffins, and biscuits. Trust me, take 5 minutes to mix this together and it’ll save you lots of time later. Continue reading
One of the best things about a nor’easter is that it’s a perfect time to make fish chowder (assuming the storm doesn’t shut down your electricity!). This weekend we had our second – or maybe it’s the third – storm so far this season and it’s looking like we’re in for a bad winter, so we officially welcomed the cold weather by chowing down on chowder. This dish is a blend of two authentic New England recipes – my husband’s grandmother’s recipe and John F. Kennedy’s recipe that was published in a newspaper years ago. It’s definitely a hearty, stick-to-your-ribs meal that will warm and fill you up with delicious, real, ingredients. Enjoy!
Unfortunately my kids will never open their lunch boxes and find a replica of Fenway Park somehow artfully created out of a sandwich, or a teddy bear made out of fruit salad, or even a puppy made out of rice balls. ( Sorry kids, mommy is lacking both the talent and time to create edible lunch art.) BUT these two easy snacks are right up my alley — healthy, cute and quick!
A couple of spooky little surprises for their school snack: pumpkin muffins and clementine “spiders”.
It seems like Halloween is the official kick off for “school party season”. I’m always trying to think of party food I can bring in to my kids’ classes that’s not junk food, but also not so “healthy” that they’re embarrassed that their mom is the “apple and raisin mom”. I made these this weekend and think they’re the perfect solution! A quick, easy and healthy Halloween treat idea – perfect for a school party.
Just spread natural peanut butter on the end of a pretzel rod and roll in a topping. I used raisins and mini chocolate chips, but I think unsweetened coconut and chopped nuts would also be good. Stick a plastic “witch finger” on the end of the rod and slip the pretzel into a plastic pretzel bag. I found these witch finger tips at Michaels craft store, but I think they sell them everywhere.
Looking for some healthy drink options for your kids? Just like with food, the best stuff is the real stuff.
water with mint sprigs and lime slices
But with drinks, it’s so easy for healthy choices to quickly turn into a ton of daily sugar. We all know not to give our kids sugary sodas, energy drinks and fruit drinks, but even 100% orange juice contains a whopping 22 grams of sugar and whole milk has 11 grams. The best drink? Plain old water. BUT, it doesn’t have to be “plain”! Continue reading