Sunday, December 28, 2014

Family Meal Plans

Here's our meal plan for the week with links to the recipes below, some from our site and some from other favorite sites. What are you making this week? Share with us @foodfitforkids on instagram, #familymealplans.

Big Batch Vegetable Soup (Martha Stewart)
Definitely freezing leftovers for lunches.

Chicken Enchiladas (Food Fit for Kids)
This is a super easy recipe that we all love.

One Pot Roasted Red Pepper and Sausage (HosttheToast)
Excited to try this one, and love that it is in one pot!

Turkey Wraps with Healthy 'Baked' Beans (Food Fit for Kids)
These wraps are super fast to put together and go perfectly with a side of our Healthy 'Baked' Beans.

Linguine with Shrimp Scampi (Food Network, Ina Garten)
A classic recipe that is a lot easier to make than it looks.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Family Meal Plans

Here's our meal plan for the week with links to the recipes below, some from our site and some from other favorite sites. What are you making this week? Share with us @foodfitforkids on instagram, #familymealplans.

Texas Three Bean Chili (TheSimpleVeganista)
Excited to try this, it looks like the real deal!

Baked Tilapia with Roasted Veggies (Food Fit for Kids)
So easy to pop in the oven while getting things done around the house. The veggies can start roasting ahead of time then move to a lower rack while the tilapia bakes.

Chicken Meatballs (SmittenKitchen)
Think we'll try switching out the Italian bread with whole wheat and the pancetta with turkey bacon. We'll serve this with some whole wheat pasta and homemade tomato sauce from the freezer but a favorite store bought sauce would work just as well.

Rib Roast (Food Network, Alton Brown) with Maple Cranberry Brussels Sprouts (Food Fit for Kids)
A celebratory roast that we make only for those special occasions when the whole family is together. We'll make the sauce with beef broth instead of the red wine.

Beef Sandwiches
Using leftover roast, slice extra thin slices and layer on whole wheat buns, top with sauteed onions and slices of provolone cheese. Broil face up until the cheese gets bubbly. Serve with leftover sauce from night before as a dipping sauce and leftover Brussels sprouts on the side.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

3-Ingredient Hot Chocolate

We love a cup of hot cocoa as a special treat this time of year but we've noticed that the ingredient lists on some of our favorite instant mixes are looking pretty heavy in the chemical department.  So here's a way cheaper, and just as good option, using just three ingredients!

1 heaping tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
1 cup milk, heated

Place the cocoa powder and syrup in the bottom of a mug and then gradually add the hot milk, stirring as you pour.  Blend well and serve!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Family Meal Plans

Here's our meal plan for the week with links to the recipes below, some from our site and some from other favorite sites. What are you making this week? Share with us @foodfitforkids on instagram, #familymealplans.

Mini Zucchini Frittatas (Food Fit for Kids)
Great for meatless Monday! Probably will make these a little larger, but still individual sized.

Mom's Turkey Meatloaf (Food Network, Ellie Krieger)
Meatloaf is always a crowd pleaser and is perfect for lunch leftovers.

Crowd-Pleasing Vegan Caesar Salad (OhSheGlows)
Love Caesar salad! Might try making the dressing ahead of time.

Rotisserie Chicken with Roasted Vegetables (Food Fit for Kids)
Using a store-bought rotisserie chicken really makes things easy. A lot of stores offer organic chickens as well as low sodium, so nice to have good options available.

Creamy Cheesy Broccoli Cheddar Soup (Food Fit for Kids) with Mini-BBQ Sandwiches
Cannot get enough of this soup, the perfect comfort food.  Serving it up with leftover shredded rotisserie chicken lightly tossed in BBQ sauce on mini-whole wheat buns.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

How to Cut a Butternut Squash and Our Healthy Squash Recipes

To say that we live for butternut squash season would be an understatement. We are full of butternut squash recipes! From Roasted Veggies, Spooky Soup, Hungry Ghoulash to our comforting Pot Roast, we are obsessed.

One of the most common questions we get whenever we mention butternut squash is, "how the heck do I cut this thing without losing a finger?" Breaking down a butternut squash can seem daunting, here's our favorite way to carve and cube one of these babies (while keeping all your appendages). If you're feeling thrifty, many stores now offer pre-cut butternut squash in the refrigerated produce section- but it will cost you extra per pound. So this is our preferred method for cutting a butternut squash while saving some dough.

How to cut a butternut squash, step by step:

When shopping, select squash more uniform in shape-this makes cutting easier. Rinse squash thoroughly.

Trim off both ends of the squash.

Cut in half.

Stand each section on its end and carve the edges away (you can do this with a vegetable peeler, too).

Cut each section in half lengthwise.

Scoop the seeds out of the round halves.

Stand each section back on its end and cut in half again (parallel to the previous cut).

Stack the sections, cut side down onto the board and slice.

Rotate the slices 90 degrees and cut into cubes.

Once you get the hang of it, cutting a butternut squash can be completely painless.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Family Meal Plans- Leftover Central!

Here's our meal plan for the week with links to the recipes below, some from our site and some from other favorite sites.  What are you making this week?  Share with us @foodfitforkids on instagram, #familymealplans.

Spaghetti Pie (PaleOMG)
This recipe uses spaghetti squash instead of noodles. It's a fun way to get kids to eat more veggies. It's gooey, comforting and adaptable to all your kids favorite veggies. We like adding mushrooms and mozzarella cheese. Leftovers are perfect for lunch the next day.

Chocolate Chili (Crossfit Rebels, Well Fed)
Say what?! Heard great things about this recipe, going to double it and have leftovers for the following night since it's a busy week!

Chocolate Chili leftovers again, on quinoa pasta.

Cobb Salad
This is a great 'make in advance' recipe. The hardboiled eggs, bacon, veggies and chicken can all be cooked/chopped in advance. Heck, might even buy a rotisserie chicken and make it an easy night. This is a fantastic recipe for kids, tons of protein and can be deconstructed on their plates and eaten that way.

Coconut Milk Curry Chicken (OhSnapLetsEat)
Really excited to try this, it looks so simple and uses spices that we don't cook with all too often. It's so important to regularly integrate new spices to keep things interesting and adventurous.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Little Foodie Holiday Gift Ideas

It's that time of year again! And if you are anything like us, you've made a pact with yourself to get the shopping done before you are suddenly behind the eight ball. Here are some of our favorite gift ideas that will bring out the little foodie in your kiddos. We are not affiliated with any particular company, just offering ideas with multiple links. There are plenty of companies out there, so don't hesitate to shop around!

Kids aprons and chef hats-

From Food Network Store
Food Network Store


Mini pots and pans set-



Land of Nod

Monthly recipe delivery service-

Raddish Kids

Blue Apron

Mini rolling pins-

Growing Cooks

For Small Hands

Bake Deco