What do you get when you combine delicious meatballs, healthy greens, hearty beans, and your slow cooker? A dinner-worthy soup that practically cooks itself.
Mouthwatering Italian Meatballs that taste like they were made by an Italian grandma, but come together in a fraction of the time that real Italian grandmas put into theirs.
I know. The big game is over and I'm posting a recipe for stuffed potato skins. I know! But who says that potato skins have to be about watching football? I mean, I never really watch football and, yet, I love potato skins. As it turns out, so do my boys. So why should I have to make them only during football season? Sure, the Super Bowl was my inspiration for these, but the recipe is going to feed us all year long because what's the difference between this and a big bowl of chili over rice with the fixings? Nothing. Plus—hold on to your hats—potatoes are nutritious. So, yea, stuffed potato skins are our new jam. For dinner. Any night of the week. (more after the jump)
Sometimes, you're not in a rush, but after a long day, you may be looking for a meal that practically cooks itself. Throw some sweet and sour peppers onto a grilled steak and magic happens.
This DIY Taco lunchable is easy and fun to make (and eat!). Plus, it's a nutritious alternative to the store-bought kind. Must try!
Guacamole, pico de gallo, carnitas, and so much more.
I have a confession: nobody touched this Soy Ginger Flank Steak the last time I made it. It was served alongside roasted parsnips and Jerusalem artichokes, and a huge batch of latkes with creme fraiche and homemade apple sauce. Lets just say that we ate fried potatoes—and only fried potatoes—that night. It wasn't the steak's fault. Other nights, my family freaks out for this steak, which is great considering how easy it is to make. It couldn't be more simple and versatile. It's the kind of recipe that any steak-eating family cook should have in their back pocket. Prep it in 10 minutes the night before and it's ready to cook as soon as you get home. (more after the jump)
The hot dogs make a super fun weekend lunch or lightening fast weeknight meal.
Tired today? Out late or just a candy hangover? Either way, I've got the antidote. Here's dinner tonight: Steak Tacos. The easiest ones ever. Serve with sliced avocado and dinner's done. What? Avocado is a serious vegetable! But, fine, if you have the energy, you can also whip up a side of sautéed spinach, which is also ridiculously easy. (Add a can of drained hominy, too. Yum.) (more after the jump)
I'm obsessed with these Beef and Lentil Sloppy Joes. So is the hungry papa. The kids, too. Though I cannot lie: I did get a deadpan, "This again?" the most recent time that I served these. What can I say? I have been making them a lot. Like my famous classic fish sticks, these sloppy joes are a sophisticated update of a classic family dish without being fancy or fussy. The grown-up appeal doesn't come at the cost of this dish's essential kid-appeal. Instead, it comes from layering in healthy ingredients and balancing earthy, tart and tangy flavors. Plus, who doesn't want a sloppy, filling, delicious sandwich for dinner? Watch your buns, hamburgers. (more after the jump)
One of the most common questions about my client practice is how I'm able to work with clients from all around the country. Most people assume that any practice that helps parents fit healthy family eating into their busy lives must include in-person cooking instruction. But the truth is that I don't need to give you cooking lessons to help you become a better home cook. Yes, knife skills help. And, of course, knowing a few proper techniques can ease things along in the kitchen. More importantly, though, anyone at any level of cooking skill can be a confident, healthy home cook. Developing cooking skills is a wonderful way to elevate your home cooking if you're interested in learning technique. But if you're not into cooking, it's just not necessary. I know how busy you are and refuse to tell you that you need to spend your time doing something you don't like in order to feed your family well. Instead, I share a few basic approaches to food. I encourage you to select and practice a few easy techniques. I help you figure out how to select recipes that match your skill and schedule. I guide you towards healthy, whole ingredients that fit your family's taste. And then you get the job done. Because you can. Stir fry is one of my favorite things to teach because it's an easy technique that works for every family. It's fast, simple, and adaptable to nearly any palate. It's a universal family cook lifesaver. And, in true form, though it would be fun to visit your kitchen, I don't need to stand over your shoulder to teach this one. All you have to do is follow my Stir-Fry 101 tutorial. (more after the jump)
Check out the latest installment of my school lunch video series. This week's lunch idea is as good for little ones as it is for big kids, teens, and even grown ups! One of the best parts of my school lunch video series is all the comments I've gotten from high schoolers about wanting more ideas for packed lunches that work for them. How awesome that older kids are looking for healthy lunch options when they can't find them at school? (Very!) Since there was no way I was willing to let my teen fans down, I whipped up some easy-to-pack rice, grain, and pasta lunch bowls. The best part of these is that they work just as well for little kids as they do for big ones. In fact, start packing lunches for work, mamas—these are awesome for grown ups, too. (more after the jump)