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…]

The Picky Eater and Me: A Survival Guide

When it comes to eating, children tend to fall into one of two categories: adventurous or picky. They often cycle between the two categories, much to the frustration of their parents.

If you find it faster to list your child’s likes than his dislikes, than you can probably fully relate to the dreaded, but oh-so-common ‘picky eater’. On the contrary, if your children will readily consume anything in sight, you may not give as much thought to this issue that many of us face daily.
Either way, don’t skip this post, because the tables could turn when you least expect it. [Read more…]

Weekend Links

As our third week comes to a close, we the editors of Simple Living Media are incredibly encouraged by your response to our network. Thank you for your comments, emails and participation.

If you enjoy Simple Bites, and our sister blogs, but aren’t sure how you’ll be able to keep up, we have a simple solution created just for you.

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Spotlight Ingredient: Leeks

By far the most underestimated of all winter vegetables is the leek. They usually get lost in the respectable, yet predictable Vichyssoise, but this cousin of the onion is capable of so much more.

From Humble Beginnings to Show Stoppers

Once dubbed “Poor-man’s Asparagus”, the leek needs only some slow braising or gentle grilling to bring out its sweet yet complex flavor. The leek should not be considered merely an add-in, because it can stand up very well on its own in a variety of side dishes. [Read more…]

A Guidemap for Finding Real Salt

All photos by Shannon
We cook with salt every day and if you’re not cooking with it, then someone else is adding salt in your food for you. Maybe the wrong kind.

Most of the discussions surrounding salt are negative. We often hear about lowering our intake levels, but then aren’t we missing the deeper question: “what salt should we be eating?” In fact, there are quite a few professionals who argue for the health benefits of the right kind of salt.

In attempting to eat a real food diet, it makes sense to find the healthiest form of this everyday ingredient.

So what is a healthy salt? [Read more…]