Hello, my name’s Stacie and I’m a Hungry Mama.

Being hungry is not the kind of thing that a hip, young NYC girl like me admits easily, but it’s true (not the part about being a hip young thing!). I’m hungry all the time, and I started One Hungry Mama because I suspect you’re hungry too. And because your hunger, like mine, probably can’t be satisfied by the food whims of the tiny people you hang out with—the ones who, if you let them, would eat pizza every night, pour ketchup over everything and refuse asparagus (even tossed with olive oil and shaved parmesan—the beasts!).

Kids change the way we cook, but they don’t have to change how well we eat. Hungry mamas and papas can whip up quick but delicious meals . . . shop on a budget and still manage to buy all-natural ingredients . . . cater to different ages and tastes without making separate meals . . . and champion moderation while enjoying a good splurge!

Most important, we hungry mamas and papas can cook to please ourselves and know that it’s good for our kids too. Serving our families the good food that we want to eat may sound self-serving (and it is!), but it also helps our children develop tastes and habits that will make for a healthy life.

One Hungry Mama is where I’ll share my favorite family-friendly recipes, tips, techniques and products to help you satisfy your own hunger and inspire healthy hungers in your children. Most of the recipes on One Hungry Mama are mine, but some that appeared elsewhere are too good not to share. All recipes are categorized by meal type, ingredients and age—more on age categories below—so you can access them as easily as possible. You can also sign in to create a recipe box to hold your favorites. (I know you can use as many time-savers as possible!)

All product mentions and reviews are based on my personal opinion and experience. Nothing that I’m unwilling to spend my own hard-earned cash on will be mentioned here. And if I fall in love with something that I’ve received for free, you’ll know.

I’m a Brooklyn mama of two and co-founder of ChowBaby foods and ChowMama (I used to blog there, but all of my content is here now). As a parenting-and-food writer, I’m combining my background in developmental psychology with my passion for food to help make the world a better—and more delicious!—place for families. (Creative use of an M.A. degree, don’t you think?!)

I used to develop educational television for little ones at places like Sesame Workshop, but stopped when I had my first son. (You don’t want to know the punishing hours that go into making cartoons!) Now I’m a regular contributor to New York Family Magazine online, Our365 and A Child Grows in Brooklyn—not to mention chief cook for my hungry boys.

You can follow me on Twitter. And feel free to drop me a line—Stacie [at] onehungrymama [dot] com—I read everything and will try my hardest to get back to everyone.

We all know it: everyday activities shape our children’s development. That’s why (when we have the time and energy) we carefully check out the toys they play with, the classes they take and the television they watch. All too often, the demands of everyday life keep us from giving the same kind of attention to mealtime. But just like playtime, reading time, TV time and quiet time, mealtime offers constant opportunities to support our children’s physical, social and emotional development.

Growing up healthy depends on developing a hunger for foods that can sustain a healthy body, introduce new cultures and bring us closer to nature and each other. And simple acts like sharing meals with neighbors, trying new foods and cooking together promote healthy development, whether physical (hand-mouth coordination!), social (manners!) or emotional (demonstrating independence!). When we treat meals as an afterthought, we miss the chance to make good on these opportunities.

I organize recipes by age to help busy parents access recipes suited to the ages of their children. My recommendations, culled from sources like the American Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization and the always-thoroughly-researched Wholesome Baby Food, tend slightly toward the liberal side. (For example, if the standard recommendation for a food introduction is 8-10 months, I’ll suggest 8+ months.)

That said, there is mounting evidence that U.S. standards for food introductions are overly conservative and may even contribute to the rising incidence of food allergies. According to a 2008 study by the American Academy of Pediatrics, there is no convincing evidence that delaying high allergen foods beyond 4 to 6 months helps prevent allergies. In fact, starting early may be a preventive measure! So if your child has no personal or family history of food allergies, you can consider a wide variety of foods—even whole eggs, fish and nuts—from the get-go. (Of course, always speak to your pediatrician about what’s best for your child.) Otherwise, I hope the suggested age categories will empower you to cook meals that everyone in the family, regardless of age, can share.