Category: Recipes

Bring these easy-pack snacks and gear on your next family picnic

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My boys and I want to spend every waking minute outside in the summer, and that includes meals. Picnics are a favorite activity and over the years we have become alfresco experts. With a little planning, you too can enjoy the great outdoors and some great food, too.

I like to keep these essentials in my picnic basket so we’re ready to go:

Picnic blanket. In my opinion, you have to go big here. A large, water-resistant blanket made for this...

Posted on June 23, 2020 at 9:24 AM by Heather Reid

Take the stress out of making school lunches

As parents, we are sometimes just as excited as our kids when school is out for summer. For us, that means no helping with homework, no rushing around in the morning, and no packing of lunches. But as the summer nears the end, we realize the tasks ahead of us as the school year begins. Packing lunches does not need to be one of those dreaded tasks. Here are some helpful tips for putting together a delicious lunch in advance:

No “surprise” lunches. Try out new recipes on your kids at ho...

Posted on October 10, 2018 at 4:19 PM by Karen Nochimowski

I don't cook, but I still manage to feed my kids. Here's how.

I don't cook, and I am totally envious when I see mom friends post incredible dishes they make for their kids on social media. As a result, I make impulsive purchases to acquire cooking tools that gather dust in my cabinets.

Like some mamas, I am just not interested in cooking. I enjoy it when it is an activity, an experiment, but not a task. 

Most of the people in my generation growing up in Asia have a live-in nanny or take-out is merely a block away. Also eating out is a social t...

Posted on March 23, 2017 at 9:30 AM by Charlotte Tsou

Make this easy London broil recipe |

As parents, we hope to instill in our children the importance of traditions. Many of our family traditions revolve around food. For example, our Sunday evening tradition has become a London broil dinner. All my kids love this meal—which is quite a miracle—and I hope it might become a tradition in your home, too.

London broil

1 ½-2 lb. London broil

¾ cup Italian dressing

¼ cup soy sauce

¼ cup honey

Mix Italian dressing, honey and soy sauce in a large Ziploc bag. Add Lond...

Posted on January 25, 2017 at 12:17 PM by Karen Nochimowski

Overheard on the NPN forum: Simple, easy meals

It's hard enough to cook dinner on any given day, but when you have a picky eater—or, even more challenging, a picky, vegetarian kid—putting together a meal at the end of a stressful day becomes a herculean task. So what are some good recipes that involve very little prep and cooking time that doesn't involve Hamburger Helper? NPN members offered tons of great ideas on the discussion forum this week in two different threads: one about simple, cheap vegetarian meals for kids, and one about ...

Posted on February 12, 2016 at 8:45 AM by Laura Baginski

Make this: pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

Cold early mornings produce lots of cozy baked goods in my house. After watching Dora the Explorer, both my kids beg to bake chocolate chip cookies almost every morning. To add a seasonal healthy twist to chocolate chip cookies, I use pumpkin instead of butter and whole wheat flour instead of white flour. These heavenly cookies are moist and delicious!

I like to turn baking into an activity for everyone in the family to participate in. My son stirs the ingredients until his arm ti...

Posted on October 01, 2015 at 8:00 AM by Healthfull Ever After

It's Crock Pot Weather!!!

Well, it finally happened. The weather turned and it’s time for us to hunker down and say hello to big sweaters and comfort foods. Before you know it, we'll be going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark. Wah! Let's take precautions and before we’re slammed with another polar vortex and get that pantry ready. The NPN Discussion Forum is full of user-tested, super easy crock pot recipes. So, place that Instacart order, throw on those slippers and keep these recipes handy for the n...

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Christa Reed

The Problem with Baby Registries

I was too superstitious to register for my baby, so I can’t speak from personal experience. But, if registering for a baby is anything like registering for a wedding, I’m an expert. When you register, it’s so easy to imagine the life you want to have – the kind where you make waffles from scratch for breakfast and bake your own bread. It’s the same with a baby – you’re going to make your own baby food all the time, your baby will love that cute blanket and that type of bottle your friend r...

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Merav Benson

Mom’s Night Out: Who Knew Making Healthy Baby Food Would Be This Fun?!

Whether I was anticipating the unknowns of labor and delivery or wondering how I would adjust to my new life as a mom or even debating baby names with my husband, it’s fair to say there were few things I knew to be certain while pregnant.  However, in spite of all that, there was one thing I always knew to be certain: I would make my own baby food!  For me, this was a no-brainer.  As a former culinary student who spends the majority of my free time buried in my kitchen it was a win/win sit...

Posted on April 15, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Colleen O'Laughlin

Fun Snacks in a Flash

Can’t get your kids to eat anything healthy? Is their idea of a snack chips, cookies or candy? Do they think healthy food isn’t any fun? Finding creative ways to entice the kids can definitely be a challenge. To help ease the pain, here are a few quick and healthy snack ideas from Stephanie Jensen of La Cuisine Personal Chef Service in Chicago. 


APPLE DIPPERS: Dip apple slices in maple syrup or honey and roll with your choice of shredded coconut, oats, puffed rice cere...

Posted on March 20, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Stephanie Jensen