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Healthy food: Crispy Quinoa Cakes Recipe

Healthy food: Crispy Quinoa Cakes Recipe

 I’ve been intrigued by quinoa cakes ever since I first devoured them at Le Pain Quotidian, a Belgian-based café and bakery that has a great selection of innovative and healthy food. This version, also inspired by a recipe from Read more

Chicken or Turkey Pot Pie Recipe

Chicken or Turkey Pot Pie Recipe

This is a fabulous use for leftovers with our chicken or turkey pot pie recipe! It is easier and healthier than a traditional pot pie, but it retains that nostalgic flavor.  For a meatless version, substitute cream of mushroom soup for the chick... Read more

Should You Lie to Your Kids About The Family Dinner?

Should You Lie to Your Kids About The Family Dinner?

My friend Erika Dickstein never fails to make me laugh. Recently she shared this post on Facebook: “My favorite part of every day... when the girls get home from school, run in and hug me asking what we are having for dinner. I then tell them what w... Read more
Michelle Obama Says Get Families Cooking to Reduce Childhood Obesity

Michelle Obama Says Get Families Cooking to Reduce Childhood Obesity

Could getting families to cook at home more often be the key to help reduce childhood obesity? I believe it can, and so does our First Lady! Last week I had a chance to see Michelle Obama give a rousing speech in DC about the next phase of her Let’s Move efforts. The first year that she made getting kids healthier her top domestic priority, she directed... Read more
Healthy Chicken Parmesan

Healthy Chicken Parmesan

                    Crispy Baked Chicken Parmesan with Roasted Brussels Sprouts--the whole meal clocks in at just 300 calories and can be prepared in 30 minutes or less.  Chicken Parmesan in major resta... Read more
Mexican Pizza

Mexican Pizza

Mexican Pizza takes only ten minutes to prepare and ten minutes in the oven.  You can use canned refried beans (we prefer Amy’s or Better Beans) or follow this Read more

Hot and Sour Soup Recipe

Hot and Sour Soup Recipe

I’ve always loved starting a meal at a Chinese restaurant with delicious hot and sour soup because it’s a flavor and texture sensation, but I had no idea I could actually make a healthy and authentic-tasting hot and sour soup recipe at home with supermarket ingredi... Read more

Healthy Chinese Recipe: Stir-Fried Fish with Greens

Healthy Chinese Recipe: Stir-Fried Fish with Greens

Here is a fantastic healthy Chinese recipe.  I know it’s a little odd to think of fish in a stir-fry but with a very mild white fish, it can easily be interchangeable with chicken breast.  I’m not even sure my son Solomon realized it wasn’t ch... Read more

Prepping the Family Dinner When We Won’t Be There: Can We Ever Win?

Prepping the Family Dinner When We Won’t Be There: Can We Ever Win?

Even when I’m not going to be home for dinner I try to make it easy for the rest of my family to sit down together for a homemade meal. Andrew is great at making pizza, burritos, pancakes and “eggs in a raft”, and Celia can whip up pasta with pesto or omelets, and Solomon pretty much sticks to making nachos... Read more
Candles or Carpools? How Do You Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Your Family?

Candles or Carpools? How Do You Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Your Family?

Before we became parents, Valentine’s Day for Andrew and me usually meant reservations at a romantic restaurant or eating dinner at home with candles and cocktails. Once we had kids, our Valentine's Day dinner reservations took a hiatus while we helped the kids make cards for all of their clas... Read more