Archives for March 2010

One Pot Wonders For Babies & Toddlers

The following is a guest post from Christen who writes at Nurture Baby.

In the spirit of Simple Bites’ celebration of the one-pot meal, we would like to share some “One Pot Wonder” dishes dedicated exclusively to babies and toddlers.

Many moms question what to feed their little ones past the purée stage. The conventional store-bought baby food looks so unappealing, but the thought of making homemade food seems a bit daunting.

At NurtureBaby, we’ve come up with some easy “One Pot Wonders” that take the guesswork out of feeding your little one a balanced, tasty meal and I am happy to share them with you today. Rest assured, these dishes will tantalize your little one’s taste buds and you will feel great about serving a fresh, healthy, and delicious dish. [Read more…]

How to Sneak More Vegetables into Your Meals

Getting children to eat their vegetables can be a frustrating task. One that can make us worry about the health and nutrition of our kids. We can, however, use a few simple tricks to try and sneak them into their diet.

The secret is to either make the vegetables tasty or go completely unnoticed.

Even I don’t particularly enjoy eating veggies on their own. Place a carrot beside a carrot cake and I will always choose the latter. But as soon as you throw a good dressing into the mix or pile them into a tasty casserole, I happily devour them. Children behave in much the same way (which I suppose isn’t saying much for me).

Below are eight ways to help sneak some veggies into your family’s diet, along with a recipe for a Layered Taco Bake that helps put some of these strategies to good use. [Read more…]

Snow Picnic Cookies at Your Request

Your response to my Wordless Wednesday: Snow Picnic post was great. It was a good time! Since then, I’ve had several requests for the cookie recipe (not mine) and so here you go.

It comes from my dear friend, Tavia, who’s girls are in the photos with my Noah. She’s about the coolest mama out there–and a good friend too; she never fails to show up with a batch of still warm cookies.

We’re still enjoying snow around our place, and if you stopped by for hot cocoa, it would be topped with homemade marshmallows. Have you tried making them yet?

Tavia’s Chocolate Chip Cookies with Skor Bits

1 cup soy margarine (may substitute regular or butter)
2/3 cup white sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1-1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 pkg chocolate chips (Tavia: sometimes I use semi-sweet, sometimes milk chocolate, or even white)
2/3 pkg Skor bits (Tavia: sometimes I crush up skor bars instead but they are more crunchy then)
2 cups oatmeal

Cream the margarine and sugars. Add eggs and beat well. Add vanilla. Sift flour, salt and soda and add to creamed mixture. Mix in oatmeal and add chocolate chips and Skor bits.

This is a drop cookie and bakes for about 9-12 minutes at 350F

Enjoy !

Oh Hey! Any picky eaters around your table? I addressed this issue over at Simple Bites this week in The Picky Eater and Me: A Survival Guide. Included are 8 survival tips for coping with picky eaters, plus a recipe.

If you haven’t already, be sure to head over and read it. Don’t skip the comments, either, for Simple Bites readers share a wealth of wisdom on the topic.

The Picky Eater and Me: A Survival Guide

When it comes to eating, children tend to fall into one of two categories: adventurous or picky. They often cycle between the two categories, much to the frustration of their parents.

If you find it faster to list your child’s likes than his dislikes, than you can probably fully relate to the dreaded, but oh-so-common ‘picky eater’. On the contrary, if your children will readily consume anything in sight, you may not give as much thought to this issue that many of us face daily.
Either way, don’t skip this post, because the tables could turn when you least expect it. [Read more…]