Make-Your-Own Guacamole Bar!

Guacamole is fun, but a Make-Your-Own Guacamole Bar is a party. Plus, there's no better way to get a picky eater into avocado.

3 creative ways to pack vegetables for school lunch.

3 fun ideas for how to pack veggies in school lunch so that the kids actually eat them.

How to pack avocado toast for school lunch.

My foolproof way for packing avocado toast in school lunch so that it doesn't get mushy, brown, or generally icky.

How to make DIY microwave popcorn.

Grab a paper bag, some oil, and popcorn kernels, because that's all it takes to make this DIY microwave popcorn. Just as easy as store-bought, no chemicals needed.

This Week for Dinner podcast + my secret kitchen tip.

Take a listen to one of my favorite podcasts, This Week for Dinner with Jane Maynard, and get my favorite kitchen tip. It's a good one!

How to put together Make-Ahead Smoothie Packs

Making smoothies is easy, but not always busy-weekday-mornings-easy. These Make-Ahead Smoothie Packs are a game changer that change that and make smoothies possible no matter what.

One Pan Vegetarian Fajitas from my new cookbook, Make It Easy!

These Vegetable Fajitas from Make It Easy are a vegetarian one-pan meal that will satisfy even the meat-eaters (and picky ones) in your family. Promise.

Top 5 easy dinner recipes for your busiest weekdays.

My favorite busy weeknight dinner solutions.

Fruit sushi! Super fun and healthy school lunch recipe.

Turn fresh fruit into Fruit Sushi, a healthy (even protein-packed) school lunch that the kids will love. So fun!

How to pack school lunch like a pro in 5 easy steps.

School lunch recipes are great, but the real lifesaver is knowing how to throw one together fast without a recipe. These tips will help you master the school lunch once and for all.

How to hard boiled eggs like a pro in 5 easy steps.

There's no more perfect breakfast, snack, or lunch food than a boiled egg that's been cooked correctly. Learn how once and for all. It's easy.

5 tips for how to make a smoothie without added sugar

Smoothies are often packed with healthy ingredients—and sugar, too. Here are tips on how to keep your smoothies lower in added sugar and delicious, too.

Smoothie Breakfast Bowl: A fresh start.

Turn your snack smoothie into a healthy breakfast bowl with these tips and ideas for how to make the perfect Smoothie Bowl.

Recipes for cold and flu season

These recipes will help you and your family make it through cold and flu season.

The world is a big place & eating is the perfect way to take it in.

[caption id="attachment_15258" align="aligncenter" width="560" caption="The boys at a Parmesan dairy in Italy"][/caption] I can't help but end travel week with a few thoughts on why I think travel—near or far, luxe or on a budget, by plane, train or automobile—is so important. And, yes, I realize that the timing for this may seem strange, but I wanted to reflect on travel at a time when you're not likely to be busy traveling. Hopefully you have time to consider what you want travel to mean for your family before gearing up for the holiday travel season, when travel will mean decisions, logistics, and planning. Difference is a big concept for little ones. It takes years for young children to understand that not every home is like their own. Friends and neighbors are our children’s first exposure to differences, but imagining diversity on a global scale isn't something that children can start to do until they are at least 8- or 9-years-old. Travel is an amazing way to help young children picture the world's many peoples, places, and cultures. It makes difference concrete and relatable, but it can also feel strange. That's where food comes in. Food is universal. It connects us all and, even when foreign food feels strange, it's always a comfort to be fed. The food of another place or culture may be unfamiliar, but the drive to nourish and be nourished is a shared experience that connects us all; it is a reminder that we are more the same than we are different. (more after the jump)

Travel eats: Feeding my Parmesan cheese obsession in Italy

I love cheese: stinky, mild, runny, or sharp, it's all good with me. In fact, before my older son spent a year off of dairy, I would have been hard pressed to choose a favorite. After being deprived, though, my cheese allegiances became clear. I still love all cheese, but I'd missed some cheeses more than others and Parmesan was number one. Not only did I crave the taste, but I realized just how much I use it. Thankfully, my son can tolerate dairy again—Parmesan, in particular (thanks to a different lactose protein in Italian milk and also that Parmesan is naturally low in the proteins that irritate lactose intolerant tummies)—and just in time for us to tour a Parmesan dairy outside of Bologna, Italy. Yes, seriously. And it was as amazing as it sounds. (lots more after the jump!)