March 3rd, 2014
I’d had it. The arguing over cereal had gotten completely out of control in my house. (Does this happen in your house, too?!) Breakfast, especially during the week, is hard enough as it is. The last thing I need is fighting over what gets served. And though it’s easy to resort to pop-up waffles and cereal everyday (they certainly take care of the fighting), the last thing my kids need every morning is a heaping mound of sugary, processed carbs. Finding breakfast balance has been a serious challenge and I finally took it head-on, with some help from these Cardamom Apple-Pecan Oatmeal Muffins.
This week I’ll be talking about the breakfast conundrum: providing our kids with healthy, wholesome breakfasts that actually fit into the morning rush and give them the nutritional boost they need to make it through their day.
February 28th, 2014
You guys, I can’t kick it. I’m still in vacation mode. I’m moving as slow as molasses and am ready for that mojito anytime now. I sit at my desk all day, but am still falling behind on work. It takes everything in me to keep from running a Shahs of Sunset marathon and, though I’ve managed to control myself, it hasn’t helped my productivity.
Normally, these are the times when even I fall off of the cooking wagon. But the one thing I’ve managed to do well this week is get easy, homemade dinners on the table. I forced myself to scratch together a meal plan on Monday, the day after we returned from our trip, and went shopping that afternoon. I stuck to simple meals that I know I can count on like these Asian Pork Sliders from the Keepers cookbook. And even came up with a new one: these quick and tasty Honey Mustard Chicken Cutlets.
February 25th, 2014
Mardi Gras is coming up and what better excuse to celebrate the food of New Orleans. The muffuletta sandwich might be the mightiest of all foods that hail from New Orleans and, well, even if you’re discovering this not around Mardi Gras time, it’s worth a watch. Because the muffuletta is no ordinary sandwich. Oh no, the muffuletta is the quintessential sandwich. A specimen that speaks to how all sandwiches be made.
February 24th, 2014
I have a fierce love of Mexican cuisine, from light Vera Cruzana seafood to cheesy Tex-Mex, from intense Oaxacan moles to Mexico City street food that booms in your mouth as loudly as the city booms in your ears.
Many years ago, when I first got serious about cooking, I bought my first serious—and still most worn—cookbook by Mexican food expert, Diana Kennedy. I took a class on Mexican cooking at a culinary school in New York City where I learned how to patiently mash and layer flavors in my new molcajete, a traditional Mexican mortar and pestle carved out of stone. I showed off by throwing dinner parties where I served 15 people regional Mexican feasts, every bit, down to the chips, made by scratch. I explored my love of Mexican food and honed my skills as a cook at the same time, with a voracious appetite that never felt sated, in the best way.
Then I had kids.
I haven’t made a mole by hand in 10 or 12 years. And, other than a quick pico de gallo or guac, I thoughtfully prepare a regional salsa about once a year, usually for a dinner party or Cinco de Mayo. And that’s about all the action my molcajete sees. Ever. It may not be about cooking for you, but you know the story.
This doesn’t mean that we don’t eat Mexican at home. Not all Mexican food is hard earned. Rather, much of it, like this red enchilada sauce can come together easily, even from scratch.
February 21st, 2014
Awesome family food find alert! I recently found a recipe for Broiled Chicken Thighs with Pineapple-Cucumber Salad in the May 2012 issue of Everyday Food. Being the devoted reader that I am, I must have seen this recipe before, but this time it caught my eye as an alternative to my easiest Chili Rubbed Steak, another quick dish where you rub meat with practicaly nothing more than chili powder. Given how delicious the steak comes out, I knew that the same approach would make a delicious chicken dish. And with pineapple-cucumber salad? Yes, please!
February 19th, 2014
I don’t typically like making bread. Even no-knead seems like too much work, or at least takes too much time, but a new cookbook discovery has changed all that. Thanks to The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois, I’m currently obsessed with baking bread from scratch. It’s easy with this book’s completely groundbreaking-to-me approach. Seriously. I think you could get hooked, too. And, yes, I know how busy you are!
Making bread from scratch might seem insane to many of you crazed mamas and papas, but part of what’s so great about The New Artisan Bread approach is that you can take 10 active minutes on Saturday or Sunday to make dough that will sit ready-to-go in your fridge for up to 14 days. Then, when you decide it’s time to make bread anytime in that 2 week period, you take another 10 minutes to prep a loaf, let the bread rest, and then bake.
There is no kneading, no punching, and only one major rise (with some rest time on bake day). And though the book encourages a pizza peel and baking stone, I managed to make that amazing boule pictured above using a thin wooden cutting board coated with cornmeal and small cast iron skillet. No special equipment.
February 17th, 2014
It’s hard out here for a fruit and veggie lover. There are so many wonderful things about living in NYC, but winter produce is not one of them. So I smoothie. I throw in less-than-perfect veggies, like in my Cherry Vanilla Super Smoothie, and use tons of frozen fruit, most of which is frozen at peak freshness and has much better flavor than what’s available to me fresh these days. Sometimes I use milk, other times juice. Sometimes yogurt, sometimes not. And no matter what, these elixirs hit the spot with a burst of fresh flavor.
With all the snow falling in NYC these days, I’ve been craving the tropical flavors of my latest concoction, this Coconut Mango Smoothie. This one isn’t just a taste of freshness, it’s also a taste of sunshine. Much needed warm sunshine.
February 14th, 2014
I’m on a tear y’all. I did a big accounting of how much I spend on groceries every week and also on my food waste. I had once been so good, but somehow things have gotten out of control again. Throwing away leftovers instead of using them. Losing track of perishables in my fridge. Letting my freezer overflow with outdated food. And spending way too much to compensate for all of this. Sound familiar?
I’m cracking the whip and am working on some fun ways to help you crack the whip, too, if you want. In the meantime, I found myself with a whole lot of leftover homemade ricotta cheese this weekend. I had made a triple batch for a party that we hosted on Saturday night and needed to use the leftovers. So why not make a Lemon Ricotta Pound Cake, right?
February 11th, 2014
This year, instead of fussing over elaborate Valentine’s Day treats for the kids, I plan on taking it easy and keeping it delicious with these 5-minute chocolate mug cakes. Less time in the kitchen, more time with my boys. All three of them.
If you also like the sound of whipping up warm chocolate cake in 5 -minutes after school or after dinner, this Valentine’s day, check out how to make these delicious microwave chocolate mug cakes. I’ve perfected the recipe to yield a super moist crumb that’s far tastier than most of the other microwaved chocolate cakes I’ve tried. This is the one, folks. Just in time for Valentine’s Day.
February 7th, 2014
Sometimes, even in the dead of winter, when a warm, long cooked stew is in order, I need to throw together a no-cook dinner and call it a night. Anyone else with me?
On these nights, I make sandwiches or scrambled eggs (which technically violates the no-cook part, but who’s keeping track). Last week, I threw together this Tuna and White Bean Salad, which I normally save for a lunch or pre-BBQ snack during the summer months. I had a baguette that was on the verge of stale, a can of tuna, and a can of white beans. So what that there was snow on the ground. We at this salad on crusty bread with some leftover veggies on the side and all was fine. Good even.
February 5th, 2014
If you’ve been following One Hungry Mama for a while, you know that I’m the queen of tacos. If you haven’t been following One Hungry Mama for a while, you’re about to see how I’ve earned the crown.
Tacos are a family cook’s dream meal. Cook a protein, chop some veggies for on top, mash or slice avocado, and dinner’s done. Tacos come together quickly and with whatever you have on hand, from leftover chicken to a stray can of beans. And don’t think that you have to stick strictly to a Mexican or even Latin flavor profile. As you’ll see, in my world, tacos are pretty much any protein and veggies stuffed into a folded flat bread. Greek, Caribbean—whatever goes!
And the best part? Kids love tacos, and grownups do, too. They make a beloved weeknight meal that can easily be on your meal plan in some form week after week. These recipes are proof. Check them out for some healthy taco inspiration!
February 3rd, 2014
It all started with homemade Hoisin Sauce, the recipe that set me on the right foot with Gwyneth Paltrow’s chided cookbook, It’s All Good. As much as I don’t want to, I like this cookbook. And though there are many recipes I’ll never try (isn’t that the case in every cookbook?), there are plenty that I’m eager to put to the test. So far:
The Hoisin Sauce is a major success. I’m kind of obsessed with it.
The Teriyaki Chicken was not for us. I guess that’s what I get for trying “Detox Teriyaki Sauce.” Hey, I was clear when I first wrote about this book that there was plenty of cringe-worthy stuff here. That doesn’t make all the recipes bad.
This Maple Sriracha Roasted Salmon was a hit. A simple, easy, super healthy weeknight meal. You can easily dial the heat up or down depending on your eaters. This is a fab family food find, which makes 2 out of 3. So far, not so bad.
January 31st, 2014
Buffalo Chicken Pizza Rolls. Ever thought you’d see a recipe like that on One Hungry Mama? Well, friends, I’m coming clean: I have a serious appetite for bar food and Super Bowl weekend brings it out. Big time.
My love of bar food dates back to childhood when my father, a restaurateur, ran a pub/steak house. Prime rib steaks in the dining room, mozzarella sticks at the bar. Just a regular Saturday hanging with my dad at the restaurant. While my diet has changed quite a bit from those days, the thought of jalapeño poppers still makes me warm and cozy. (Yea, you read that correctly.) So every once and a while I whip up a homemade bar food treat for myself. And Super Bowl Sunday is always the perfect excuse.
There’s no quinoa or kale in these. These are not even a healthier take on anything. That said, there’s also nothing artificial about these babies. Real chicken. Real pizza dough. Real cheese. (Mmmm, cheese.) Real butter. And real Frank’s Hot Sauce. As in skip the imitations.
This is just a straight forward football snack that allows me to indulge a annual hankering for buffalo chicken without inhaling an ungodly number of fried wings. Plus cheese. All good bar food must have cheese.
January 28th, 2014
Video Tuesday is back, in 2014 style! Today we’re celebrating Chinese New Year with delicious Chinese Tea Eggs, which make an awesome cultural kitchen project with kids. After today, I’ll, once again, be posting a video at least every other Tuesday.
Be sure to subscribe to the One Hungry Mama YouTube channel to make sure you don’t miss a thing. And, if you haven’t been following along, start watching! These school lunch videos are my most popular—so many ideas! And who doesn’t need more healthy snack recipes?
Chinese New Year is around the corner: let the festivities begin! This year, we’re ushering in the year of the horse. While I’m not quite sure what that means, I know this: Chinese New Year offers a spectacularly fun opportunity to use food to talk to our kids about culture. And, you know, eat lots of delicious Chinese food.