October 4th, 2013
So, I’ve been tweaking a carrot-ginger dressing for you for a while. Like, a long while. It’s not that what I’ve come up with—any of the nearly 15 slight variations—is bad or unpostworthy. I think you’d really enjoy nearly all of them, but I’ve got a block.
See there’s this restaurant in NYC called Dojo. It’s kind of a big deal. At least it is when you’re 19-years-old and broke. They had (still do?) what I thought were the most amazing soy burgers before soy burgers were a thing. I was a vegetarian when I was 19 and it was a big deal to get tasty vegetarian food. And lots of it, cheap: a soy burger over brown rice and a side salad with their amazing carrot-ginger dressing only cost $7.50. Do you know how filling a tofu burger and brown rice are when eaten together? I do.
You could also get what I remember as a massive, very sharable plate of vegetable yakisoba for the same price. And that’s not all, folks! Dojo serves breakfast until 5 pm, is open til 1 am (2 am on the weekends), and also dishes out drunkard cravings like guacamole and chips, hummus, burgers, nachos, and so much more.
Dojo is a kind of NYC institution, at least it is in my mind. So, even though I haven’t been to Dojo in at least 12 years, none of my carrot-ginger dressing recipes quite measure up. That said, I’m ready to remove the block.
October 1st, 2013
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 on the One Hungry Mama YouTube channel 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.
October 1st, 2013
It’s a takeover! This month I’m the Parents magazine guest pinner. If you’re as obsessed with Pinterest as I am, this needs no explanation. But, just in case, allow me to explain:
The fun folks at Parents have a ton of amazingly curated Pinterest boards designed to inspire family fun, and they’ve asked me to join them in the Pinterest action through the month of October.
I’ve grabbed my favorite easy tips and healthy recipes for the family cook from Parents and One Hungry Mama and will be adding them to Pinterest so that you can check them all out in one handy place.
And, no, you don’t have to join Pinterest to get in on the fun!
September 27th, 2013
It’s easy to fall into a weekday breakfast rut. Ours? Fruit plus one or more of the following: cereal, toast, hard boiled egg. Day after day, every Monday through Friday. Now that it’s getting colder, though, I’m pulling oatmeal back into rotation. That may not seem like the most exciting addition to the line up, but here’s the thing about oatmeal: you can flavor it a million and one ways.
This Coconut Chai Oatmeal used to be a favorite around here. (Don’t you love rediscovering dishes that mysteriously fall out of regular rotation?!) I’m bringing it back. And, with it, a bunch of pre-made spice and blends that play well with oatmeal and other hot cereals like farina and polenta, all of which make great breakfasts for everyone 6 moths and up.
September 25th, 2013
I was going to post something else today, but I’ve shifted things around to share last night’s dinner. It’s not the prettiest meal I’ve ever made, but it is wholesome, healthy, and took 20 minutes to cook. I also used only ingredients from my pantry and freezer, and everyone like it.
Last week was crazy, then we went away for the weekend. By the time I returned home on Sunday night, I had no meal plan, no food in the house, and a busy week of work ahead. Ever been there? I’m thinking that you have, which is why I’ve interrupted our regular programming to bring you this service announcement:
A thoughtfully stocked pantry will SAVE you.
Maybe you’ve heard this message before. Maybe it doesn’t seem like much of a revelation. But I’ll tell you this: when you’re able to whip up a tasty dinner like this one with a protein-rich pasta and side veggie, you’ll feel pretty amazed.
Since I want you to be amazed by yourself and your cooking skills, let’s break down last night’s dinner, Pasta with Tuna and Chickpeas with Butter Sautéed Artichokes and Peas:
September 23rd, 2013
I was feeling it this weekend. Hard. Summer’s over.
Not sure what to say about it. I’m excited about the year ahead. (It’s going to be a good one!) I even love the weather right now. I’m trying hard to be in the moment and appreciate it—crisp sunny days, changing leaves, holidays ahead—but it’s hard. Which is why I had to console myself with warm apple crisp this weekend.
September 20th, 2013
I know what it looks like. Judging by this recipe, you may think that I can’t give up summer. While that may be true, this recipe isn’t the sure sign you may think it is. Because this recipe has a secret: the garlic lime shrimp are perfect for a light meal all year around. The corn salsa, not so much, but that shouldn’t stop you from filing this under best quick weeknight meals for any time of year.
September 17th, 2013
Check out this week’s installment of my school lunch video series. It’s the best one yet since we’re talking about awesome, easy lunch box snacks (snacks!) that are healthy, too.
We’ve talked a lot about how to put together a healthy lunch box. But, at the end of the day, none of my tips and recipes mean a thing if kiddo won’t eat what you pack. A favorite way to get my kids excited about what’s in their lunch bags is to include a healthy snack with mega kid appeal. Something snazzy, something that makes them feel like I’m treating them.
These are three of my best healthy lunch box snacks that get my kids jazzed about lunch time. It’s true that sometimes they eat the snack and leave the rest. It’s inevitable. But with snacks like these, I don’t feel so bad. They’re healthy and hearty, foods I can feel good about them eating. Especially my go-to granola bars.
September 16th, 2013
You all know that I’m not typically a marshmallow-buying mama, right? Well, something got into me this summer. Something fluffy, white and sugary sweet. I bought mini marshmallows, regular marshmallows, JUMBO marshmallows and even had to be escorted away from the pastel colored, ice cream cone shaped marshmallows at the country discount store. It was obscene. (I wasn’t myself.) The craziest part is that in all of my marshmallow buying, we didn’t make a single batch of Rice Krispies treats and, well, that’s just wrong.
With s’more season behind us, it was finally time to deliver on the the sticky cereal treat bars. But, you know me: I can’t leave well enough alone. So I whipped up this batch with toasted coconut. And, well, it turned out just right.
September 13th, 2013
It’s a little strange to be sharing an ice cream recipe now. (Well, not if you match your eats to the weather: holy summer heat!). I’ve been working on this recipe for a while now and it’s finally ready to share. I won’t let the fact that school has started or, the surest sign that fall is here, that I’m on the hunt for knee-high boots stop me.
When you look at the recipe, you might be surprised to hear that I’ve been developing it for so long. There’s not much to it, which is what I thought was the problem. It was never quite right, so I kept adding things. Peanut butter. Banana. Peanut butter and banana. Oreos. Peanut butter, banana and Oreos.
You know I’m pulling out the big guns when I grab Oreos. But even they weren’t the answer. (There’s a first time for everything.)
I wanted to post an OMG non-dairy chocolate ice cream, not just a really good one, so I gave up. Til next summer, I thought, until last weekend’s trip to local ice cream parlor, Van Leeuwen. We ordered vegan chocolate ice cream. It was killer.
September 11th, 2013
There’s a common misconception that kids won’t accept healthier school lunches, and that we have to feed them fast food favorites to ensure that they eat something to keep them going during the school day. As it turns out, though, schools around the nation have started to shift towards healthier school lunch choices with great success.
Today I’ve asked my friends and healthy eating advocates from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, who’ve been on the front lines of school lunch policy reform, to kick off the new school year by sharing their perspective on the changes happening in school lunchrooms across our country.
Not only do they offer a fresh—and maybe surprising!—perspective on what’s happening in schools today, but they offer resources to support your school in celebrating the changes already made and implementing even more school lunch improvements in the months to come.
We’d love to hear more about the lunchroom in your child’s school. Have you seen improvements?
September 9th, 2013
School started today. For both boys. I have two school-aged kids.
When I first saw the little hungry boy’s preschool phase in schedule, I was bummed. He’s a second kid after all, totally ready for a full day of school, Monday through Friday. In a familiar building, with a teacher he’s known since he was little, and a big brother down the hall, I knew he’d be fine. Plus, I have a new life to start! Phase-in was just prolonging the goodbye, putting off the new beginning that we’ve been so excited to start.
Today I’m singing a new tune: thank goodness for phase-in. And not for my kid. For me.
I knew I’d be emotional, but wowee! This is big. BIG! As of next Monday, the end of phase-in, I will not have small children at home during the day. (That’s right clients, from this point forward there will be nothing but silence in the background when we get on the line. Imagine that!)
I couldn’t be more excited for myself and for my little boy, who walked into his classroom shy, but confident this morning, ready to paint and play and make new friends. Ready to leave with his big brother every morning instead of saying goodbye. But I’m also happy for our prolonged goodbye this week, for a little bit of time to adjust before we jump into our new beginning with both feet.
I’m feeling the same way in the kitchen these days.
September 6th, 2013
Hey now! You guys certainly like the sound of this recipe. I wasn’t going to post it right away until you screamed, yelled, begged to know how to whip this up.
Okay, a few of you just asked. But you asked quickly. We just had this for dinner two nights ago! Far be it from me to keep you waiting so, without further ado, here’s the recipe for my Lentil, Sweet Potato and Chorizo Hash, with a few quick notes on making sure it tastes just right.
September 3rd, 2013
Check out the third installment in my school lunch recipe video series. This one’s all about easy protein-packed school lunch recipes.
One of the things that I hear from you over and over is concern that your little ones aren’t getting enough protein. The good news is that you’re probably overestimating how much protein your kid needs, even for a growing boy or girl. But that said, it’s always good to have healthy, protein-rich recipes on hand, especially for kiddo’s lunch box.
August 30th, 2013
I’m not an alarmist. There is no freaking out about summer ending. Or, at least, that’s my story.
After all, it’ll be warm a little while longer. The summer vibe will linger until the excitement of other things, like new fall boots for mama and seeing school friends for the kids, slowly displaces our desire for an endless summer. And though it has peaked, even the produce will continue to be gorgeous and varied for another month or so in my neck of the woods.
That all said, there’s no denying that summer is coming to a close. So, this long weekend, I encourage you to savor your favorite summer bites, whatever they are. And, unlike with these blueberry crumb muffins, I think that you should eat them fresh, raw, pure.
I’ll be whipping up this Heirloom Tomato and Corn Salad. Probably more than once.