A Taco Salad that will have the kids eating, well, salad! And if not, it's super easy to turn the components into a meal for picky eaters. One dinner for all!
Fruit season is finally picking up here in the northeast! We no longer have to live on apples alone (for a few months, at least!). Raspberries and blueberries have been amazing. Strawberries are getting better and better. Soon, we'll be gorging on juicy stone fruit. When fruit is in season locally like this, you can feast on it without fuss, straight from the basket. And we do! But there's also an abundance and it's fun to cook, bake, and play with all the goodness, too. That's the beauty of this time of year: produce is good, there's plenty, and you can do what you want with it. One of the things I have been loving is serving fresh fruit with citrus sugar. My kids are pretty keen on eating fruit with citrus sugar, too. In fact, it's been the most successful way of getting them to ask for more. (more after the jump)
A gorgeous salad for spring and summer that pairs an Avocado Tarragon Dressing with sprimp and pineapple for tropical south Asian flavors.
A gorgeous fall-winter salad and easy ideas for decorating a festive harvest or holiday table.
A boldly flavored salad that can pair with simply cooked protein for a healthy weeknight dinner or keep it's own on a holiday table.
Fall salad perfection all together; a great salad dressing and roasted veggies apart. Basically, one recipe that will serve you in way more than one way.
An easy vegetarian meal or side as good for everyday as it is for a special occasion meal.
It's travel week here at One Hungry Mama! Travel and eating go so well together, but there can be more to it than just experiencing new flavors. Our family trip to a Parmesan dairy in Italy this summer was a wonderful reminder of how powerful it is to connect with how our food is grown and made. Day to day, meals can feel like a chore but—take just one moment to stop and think about this—the food that we put on the table is the stuff that goes inside our bodies and our kids' bodies. What we feed ourselves and our family is the fuel that powers our day and our children through learning, growing, and playing. I know how easy it is to get lured in by processed food shortcuts that make kid-friendly dinners easy breezy, especially during the school year, but it's a scary slippery slope. One look at most ingredients labels is proof. The good news—no, the great news—is that there are a lot of socially-minded companies making delicious, wholesome food products that help make dinner fast and healthy. Earthbound Farm Organic is one of them. The company that revolutionized salad (they were the first to sell pre-washed greens!), is on the forefront of making organic produce accessible; their products are available in 75% of markets in America! From greens that you can eat straight out of the package, to salad kits that save me from my lunch-avoidant ways on weekly basis, and frozen fruit that make it possible for my kids' smoothies to be organic, Earthbound Farm Organic has been leading the sustainable charge for years. So, yea, I'd say that I was pretty excited to be invited to visit Earthbound Farm Organic to see and learn more about how they are growing and making so many of the the products that I love using in my kitchen everyday. (more after the jump)
I have it, hungry mamas and papas: your new favorite cookbook. I'm holding it in my hands. Okay, not really (since I'm typing), but it's in my kitchen, already creased and stained. It's a beauty, isn't it? How can it not be with the promise of a 150 recipes that can be made and prepped ahead. America's Test Kitchen had done it again, this time with The Make-Ahead Cook: More than 150 kitchen-tested recipes youc an prepare on your schedule. Prepping meals ahead saves me. I know that the planning required trips some of you up, but that's where this book comes in. Instead of pulling a stack of recipes and having to organize what should be made when, the always-helpful folks at America's Test Kitchen take care of it for you. (more after the jump)
I never really talk about my weight here. It's not that kind of place but, you know, bathing suit season is coming up. And though I should probably start getting acquainted with one-pieces, I'm a bikini girl at any size. So, yea, I get all salad-y and rock out with the smoothies this time of year. It only lasts until the ice cream truck shows up—or, really, until I pull out my ice cream maker—but every light bite counts these (three) days. And I like even my light bites to be delicious, which is why I've been all about this easy, naturally lower-fat Herb Buttermilk Dressing. (more after the jump)
This post and video are sponsored by Earthbound Farm Organic. Thank you for supporting our sponsors! May is my new favorite month, y'all! No, my birthday isn't in May—and, anyway, I'm too old for a month to be my favorite by virtue of hosting my birthday. Rather, May is National Salad Month, and if there was ever a meal that deserves the spotlight, it's salad. Wholesome, endlessly adaptable, and—if you go light on the crumbled bacon—full of good-for-you nutrition, I'm ready to celebrate the goodness of greens with my favorite family-friendly salad, Grilled Chicken and Mango Salad. Yes, I called this salad family-friendly. Seriously. (More after the jump)
Monday is Cinco de Mayo and, if you've been following for a while, you know that means I'll be celebrating this weekend. It's one of my favorite holidays though, I have to admit, for no other reason than I love Mexican culture, food, and drink. Any excuse to celebrate the three is a treat for me. With these Cinco de Mayo recipes and family activities, it can be a treat for you, too. Cinco de Mayo is one of those holidays that gifts us an opportunity to use food and drink to explore culture with our kids. Yes, our my interest in the holiday started with guacamole and my favorite drink—rocks, no salt—but all's not lost in margaritaville. Give the holiday meaning by using delicious Mexican food and drink to learn more about Mexico and Mexican culture with your kids. Read up on Cinco de Mayo, doll up your digs, whip up a festive meal, and do a fun project (ideas for all of this below!). Eat, celebrate and learn. It's a beautiful combination. (so much more after the jump)
I'm often asked for advice on introducing salad to little kids and my answer is always the same: start by skipping the lettuce! We think of leafy greens as essential salad ingredients but, the truth is, some of the best salads are made without them. Shaved and chopped vegetables paired with creamy crumbled cheese, nuts, seeds, even fruit, make delicious salads and keep little ones from having to manage the unfamiliar, strange and, for very little ones, tough texture of leafy greens. Shaved vegetables tend to be wispy like lettuce, so I like to start little ones on chopped salads. If you think about it, they are really nothing more than raw veggies, like cucumber, pepper, and carrots, that so many kids are used to being served. It's just a new form, which may pique your little one's interest or, dare I suggest, excitement. (Or, of course, it may cause stress and frustration. If this happens, keep calm. It takes a while for kids to get used to salad!) This Chopped Greek Salad is my favorite lettuce-free salad. More importantly, it's my kids' favorite salad, period. Even the picky one eats this. For real: the proof is in the video! (more after the jump)
I've become obsessed with Chinese Chicken Salad. I don't know how it happened or when it even started. I just know that I can't stop. Luckily, I don't have to. Filling and delicious, this salad is also healthy and adaptable enough to keep it fresh day after day. And I'm not kidding about that. I've really been eating this day after day. The kids like this salad, too, especially when I throw in sesame sticks. Snack food! In salad?! It's been a life changing combination here. The only adjustment I have to make for the little one is to dress his portion of salad with a milder version of the Chinese Mustard Vinaigrette. Okay, and we pick out the leaves, too. But lightly dressed cuke, avocado, red pepper, poached chicken, and sesame sticks is not a bad thing. (more after the jump)