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Fun, Easy Valentine’s Day Breakfast

I know I just wrote about another egg-themed breakfast idea, but this one’s even easier, and sure to be a hit with the kids (or kids at heart) for Valentine’s Day. It’s a heart-shaped egg-in-frame (or toad-in-the-hole, whatever you want to call it): an egg cooked in a hole cut out of a piece of … Continue reading

Let’s Do Lunch: Pinwheels

Jack’s recently become receptive to tortillas, which opens up a whole new avenue of lunchbox food: pinwheels! (You can’t really blame him for not liking tortillas previously; I’m not a fan of them, so we don’t often have them in the house.) For this week’s school lunch, I took a break from the usual sandwich … Continue reading

Easy Breakfast: Sausage and Spinach Frittata

Today, I made a sausage and spinach frittata from The Lunch Box, a fun cookbook that my friend Michelle sent me last week (if you missed it, check out the nutty cereal balls — they also came from the same book). Mornings are always hectic at our house, so I’m a huge fan of breakfasts … Continue reading

Kid-Friendly Snack: Nutty Cereal Balls

Last week, one of my closest friends sent me a lovely surprise — a book called The Lunch Box, filled with recipes for wonderful lunchtime and snack fare. I spent all weekend poring over the book, oohing and ahhing at the ideas for sandwiches, wraps, warm lunchbox-friendly entrees and innovative snacks. It was as though … Continue reading

Nutella-Filled Strawberries

Whoever invented Nutella was a genius. Seriously, is there a more perfect spread than the combination of creamy chocolate and decadent hazelnut butter? I’m happy to just eat Nutella out of the jar, but it turns out that it’s even more amazing when paired with fresh strawberries. Last week, I saw this pin (what did … Continue reading

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken

I’ll admit it: I love sweet and sour chicken. As much as I cringe to think of standard takeout fare representing true Chinese food (which is wonderfully varied and embraces many different spices, flavors, meats, vegetables and cooking styles), it is also something I enjoy. Sometimes, I just get a hankering for a carton of … Continue reading

Let’s Do Lunch: Bento Box for 1/17/2012

I usually try to think of a cute name for Jack’s weekly bento box, but I ran out of name ideas for this one. It’s a little boring and random, but it’s still kind of visually appealing, and more importantly, it’s filled with healthy foods that I know Jack likes. 🙂 This is packed in … Continue reading

Strawberry-Banana Smoothie With Soy Milk

The other day, my friend Tracy and I were talking about ways to satisfy a sweet tooth while trying to lose weight, and it reminded me of an easy, delicious smoothie I often turn to when I’m counting calories. It can be a 220-calorie breakfast or lunch (or part of the meal, anyway) or a … Continue reading

YUM! Two-Bean Soup With Kale

Last week, my good friend Jenn K. sent me this recipe for two-bean soup with kale. I’d told her a while back that I was looking for some vegetarian fare, and besides being one of the most patient moms I know, Jenn is also a trove of great vegetarian recipes (I’ll be making them in … Continue reading

Scrumptious AND Healthy: Chocolate Banana “Ice Cream”

Yesterday, I made a delicious, easy yet completely guilt-free dessert that I saw on Pinterest: chocolate banana “ice cream.” I admit the picture above doesn’t do it justice — it’s not that appealing when something looks like the byproduct of the digestive system — but you must try it. (In my defense, it’s hard to … Continue reading