The Mac n’ Cheese Challenge

Did you know that 3 out of 4 kids prefer homemade mac n’cheese instead of Kraft?  Well, at least 3 out of 4 of my kids do! I recently decided to do a little investigating and taste testing on one of the food staples of every kid’s life: macaroni and cheese.  Here’s what I turned up in my investigation – Kraft macaroni and cheese is chock full of some crazy ingredients!  sodium tripolyphosphate, yellow #5, yellow #6, and many others!  How can such a simple dish contain so many items that I don’t recognize?

But here’s the good news, making your own mac n’cheese only requires a few ingredients and takes about the same amount of time as the boxed version.  The most time consuming part?  shredding the cheese.  If you can spare two minutes to do that, then there is really no reason to ever grab that blue box again.  Just look at the comparison:

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M’organic Eggs Benedict

eggs benedict collageMy hubby surprised me with this breakfast for Mother’s Day and it was delicious!  He also did a great job picking out ingredients to make this healthy and m’organic (which was a bit of a surprise!).  I think it’s a great example of how easy it can be to eat real food and make good choices.  You don’t need to be a nutrition expert, or spend all your time in the kitchen, to pick up a few changes along the way and really transform your diet. Continue reading

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

Cooking with kids video: Delicious potatoes

potatoes.resizeAlthough it still feels like winter here we’ve been dreaming of summer, and one thing that always makes me think of summer is having a campfire, so I couldn’t resist buying this Camp Mix seasoning.  Turns out it’s even better than I expected!  Not only is it full of delicious, kid friendly spices (great flavor, but not too spicy!), it’s also made in New Hampshire, AND it’s turned my boys into potato lovers!  Before this they were all pretty sure they didn’t like potatoes, or tomatoes for that matter — possibly because they rhyme with potatoes (?) not sure.   Now, they practically beg me to make these, so I figured why not teach them to make them themselves!  Ding!  Another reason to love them, less work for me :) Continue reading

Easter Treats – With none of the junk! (no refined sugar, preservatives, or artificial colors)

Easter collage 40resizeAs I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been kind of worried about the upcoming Easter holiday. This will be our first Easter being “junk free” and eating Real Food and I can tell I’m not the only one who’s been a little concerned about how the “Easter Bunny” is going to pull this off this year. My kids are very aware of all the Easter candy being promoted in the supermarket, on commercials, on billboards, etc., and have been loudly – randomly -calling out to thin air (presumably to the invisible Easter Bunny who I think they might be confusing a little with Santa Claus, not sure, but I get the sense that they think the Easter Bunny is watching over them and listening to what they want in their Easter baskets), “Easter Bunny, I’ve been good! Please bring me _____!” (whatever candy they just happened to see on tv, in a magazine, at the store, etc.

So, I’ve been hard at work coming up with some “Real Food Easter Treats” and I think I have some real winners here! In fact, the only treat that had a mixed reaction in our family was the chocolate egg which does have a dark chocolate flavor to it, so it probably wouldn’t appeal to all kids. The other night I cut one egg in 1/4s to let them each try it and I got the following reactions: Continue reading