New on Simple Kids: Irish Flag Stew & Whole Wheat Soda Bread

Everyone is Irish on St. Paddy’s and Simple Kids contributor Christen Babb gives us two classic Irish recipes to help celebrate the holiday. Keeping true to her passion for children and nutrition, she also shares how cooking can be an exciting and powerful tool for teaching your child.

From her post:

Every parent intuitively knows that the more your child is personally invested in a project, the more likely he is to learn and apply the knowledge gained. One of our many jobs as parents is to foster fun learning experiences that will encourage critical thinking and creative expression. [Read more…]

One Pot Wonders For Babies & Toddlers

The following is a guest post from Christen who writes at Nurture Baby.

In the spirit of Simple Bites’ celebration of the one-pot meal, we would like to share some “One Pot Wonder” dishes dedicated exclusively to babies and toddlers.

Many moms question what to feed their little ones past the purée stage. The conventional store-bought baby food looks so unappealing, but the thought of making homemade food seems a bit daunting.

At NurtureBaby, we’ve come up with some easy “One Pot Wonders” that take the guesswork out of feeding your little one a balanced, tasty meal and I am happy to share them with you today. Rest assured, these dishes will tantalize your little one’s taste buds and you will feel great about serving a fresh, healthy, and delicious dish. [Read more…]

How to Sneak More Vegetables into Your Meals

Getting children to eat their vegetables can be a frustrating task. One that can make us worry about the health and nutrition of our kids. We can, however, use a few simple tricks to try and sneak them into their diet.

The secret is to either make the vegetables tasty or go completely unnoticed.

Even I don’t particularly enjoy eating veggies on their own. Place a carrot beside a carrot cake and I will always choose the latter. But as soon as you throw a good dressing into the mix or pile them into a tasty casserole, I happily devour them. Children behave in much the same way (which I suppose isn’t saying much for me).

Below are eight ways to help sneak some veggies into your family’s diet, along with a recipe for a Layered Taco Bake that helps put some of these strategies to good use. [Read more…]

“Fun-due” for the Whole Family

The term ‘One-Pot Meal’ usually congers up images of hearty Irish lamb stew or spicy chicken curry, but perhaps not as often, the idea of a cheese fondue. That is unfortunate, because a fondue is a perfect dish to linger over with your family during cold winter evenings and dirties only one lonesome pot in the making.

We ate traditional Swiss fondue regularly before we had children, but when my son’s palate turned out to be not favorable to strong cheese (and nearly everything else, but that’s beside the point), I gave up on attempting a happy family meal of fondue. Fortunately, Lynn, a wise mother of five, worked the kinks out of this recipe and developed it to be practically irresistible to small hands. Talk about a winner! [Read more…]

Simplify Dinner with a One-Pot Meal

One-pot meals are like the footie pajamas of the family table; cozy, familiar, and easy to throw on. They offer the pleasure of home cooking assembled with little fuss and minimal clean-up, and nearly always contain a starch, protein and vegetable all rolled into one happy dish.

One-pot meal defined

Most cultures have their version of the one-pot meal. The Italians stir up creamy risotto, the Spanish steam fragrant paella and the French serve a perfect cassoulet, to name but just a few. Versions of this dish span the globe from nearly every ethnicity, the defining factor is in its name: it requires only one pot. That pot may be a wok, a Dutch Oven, a skillet or tagine, but everything is prepared in that one vessel and the melded flavors combine to produce something extraordinary. [Read more…]