Category Archives: Meal Planning

Raising Adventurous Eaters – 7 strategies even for picky kids

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Ah, dinner time.

That moment in the day where the whole family comes together, enjoys a nourishing meal, and takes a genuine interest in one another’s day…

(or maybe…not?)

If your mealtimes feel a little more like Looney Tunes let the Tasmanian Devil loose around your kitchen table…or the princess from the pea-under-the-mattress story stopped by to give commentary on each item on the plate…you’re not alone.

And I might have a solution for you.

I’ve been checking out some tips from the teacher behind the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse, an online cooking class for kids. She’s got so many ideas about strategies for peaceful dinners, fostering healthy eaters, and dealing with picky ones, and she’s sharing them all in a (free!) live online event this week:

Raising Adventurous Eaters: 7 Proven Strategies to End Mealtime Madness and Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy Food ​​​​​(even if they’re picky!)

Katie Kimball, who is a teacher and mom of 4, will show you:

  • 7 Proven Strategies to Make Family Mealtimes Peaceful (even if you have picky eaters)
  • 3 Choices to Give Your Kids That Will Make Healthy Food a Reality in Your House — but They Still Think They’re in Control
  • 2 Way-too-common Ways Parents Sabotage Dinner Without Even Realizing it
  • The Snacktime Rule that will be your new best friend
  • The Biggest Mistake Parents Make when inviting their kids into the kitchen…and how to avoid it.
  • How to Make the Clean Plate Club Totally Unnecessary
  • How to Teach Kids to Use Sharp (or dull!) Knives Safely
  • Plus WHEN YOU ATTEND LIVE, you’ll get access to a free video teaching kids to use knives safely — for children of ANY age. Be ready for your kids to exceed your expectations!

Are you ready to experience a family dinner that everyone enjoys – even the adults?

You won’t want to miss this free event – your kids’ futures depend on it! SIGN UP NOW!

https://sl290.isrefer.com/go/raising/happy2bmyownboss/

For attending, you’ll also get a free knife skills video from her Kids Cook Real Food eCourse that you can use to teach your kids (of any age!) how to use dull and sharp knives safely, in a fun and kid-friendly way.

Over 20,000 families have used this class to teach kids knife safety and techniques. I’m so excited that you get a chance too (it’s usually part of a $20 set of 5 videos)!

RESERVE YOUR SEAT FOR THE LIVE EVENT https://sl290.isrefer.com/go/raising/happy2bmyownboss/

 

PS – The training has 4 times to choose from so it’s even easier to get there:

* Thursday, Feb. 22nd, at 1PM Eastern (10AM Pacific)

* Tuesday, Feb. 27th, at 7PM Eastern (4PM Pacific)

* Tuesday, Feb. 27th, at 10PM Eastern (7PM Pacific)

* Saturday, March 3rd, at 4PM Eastern (1PM Pacific)

It will be recorded and signing up is the only way to get the replay!

https://sl290.isrefer.com/go/raising/happy2bmyownboss/

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Kids Cook Real Foods: 20 Recipes Kids can Make (that aren’t braindead easy)

This is a really interesting post on the Kids Cook Real Foods site that we have been using for part of our homeschool curriculum this year. We are absolutely loving this site and I think you will too so head on over and check them out by clicking on any of the affiliate links in this post or the links below:

20 Recipes Kids can Make (that aren’t braindead easy)

FREE Download: 10 Snacks Your Kids Can Make

 

Teach Kids These 5 Habits for Lifelong Healthy Eating

Teach Kids These 5 Habits for Lifelong Healthy Eating:

What are the best habits you learned from your parents? What are the most important habits you’re teaching your kids? #2 on this list is especially good:

Teach Kids These 5 Habits for Lifelong Healthy Eating

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No Bake Kool Aid Pie

This pie is so easy to make that the kids are always asking for it. You can experiment with the flavors to find your favorite.

No Bake Kool Aid Pie

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz Whipped Topping
  • 1 packet unsweet Kool Aid mix (we really like the strawberry)
  • 1 – 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 graham cracker crust

Directions:

Mix the first three ingredients together and pour into the crust.

Chill 1-2 hours and Serve.

5 Resolutions – Using the Instant Pot to Achieve Them

5 Resolutions – Using the Instant Pot to Achieve Them:
Trying to eat better this year? How about budget better? This is a great list of 5 New Year’s resolutions and how the Instant Pot can help with them ALL: 5 Resolutions – Using the Instant Pot to Achieve Them
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Homeschool days making dinner crunched?

Homeschool days making dinner crunched?

Having dinner ready to go whenever we’re ready to eat is such a lifesaver on busy weeknights when we head out to activities. Now my *kids* are taking charge of dinner from start to finish. Before we start school, they start the slow cooker. Check out the videos from Kids Cook Real Food that we are using here.

Blackberry Pig in a Poke

Blackberry Pig in a Poke

For the Dumpling Dough:

  • 2 c. self rising flour
  • 2 T. Shortening
  • 1/2 c. – 1c. milk, (maybe a tad more) just enough to get the dough soft

For the filling:

  • 2-3 c. blackberries
  • 1 c. sugar

For the glaze:

  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • nutmeg, optional

Directions:

You will need a large pot with boiling water and a cheesecloth or flour sack. (I used a large flour sack towel.

Gently mix the blackberries and sugar together, let sit.

Mix the shortening into the flour until crumbly. Add the milk to form a soft dough. Roll the dough out, on a lightly floured surface, into a rectangle. Get it about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.

Now take the blackberries and spread them onto the dough leaving about 1/2 inch from the edges.

Carefully roll the dough up, like a jelly roll, and form into a circle.

Be very careful and place this onto your cheesecloth or flour sack. Tie the ends up tightly.

Now drop this into your boiling water and let cook 20-25 minutes. Watch closely to prevent boil overs.

While the dumpling is cooking you can mix the glaze.

Whip the butter with a fork or mixer and then gently stir in the brown sugar.

When the dumpling is finished cooking remove it from the water. I let mine sit in the colander for 5-10 minutes.

Then carefully open it up and slice it or spoon it out of the sack. (You could try to transfer it to a pretty platter but mine didn’t make it that far when they found out what I had made.)

Then spoon some of the brown sugar glaze on top, it will melt into the dumpling.

Gently sprinkle, or grate, a bit of nutmeg on top.

Enjoy!

I think this would also be good with some vanilla ice cream.

If you aren’t crazy about the brown sugar glaze you can try this one:

Glaze:

  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 2-3 T milk

Directions:

Whip the butter until fluffy.

Gradually add in the sugar.

Add the vanilla and mix well.

Add just enough milk to make it spoonable.

Serve over the dumping or your favorite dessert.

 

Chocolate Chip Applesauce Muffins

Chocolate Chip Applesauce Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 2 c. Self rising flour
  • 1/2 c. Brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 c. Applesauce
  • 1/2 c. Milk
  • 1 t. Vanilla
  • 1/2 c. Chocolate chips

Directions: Continue reading Chocolate Chip Applesauce Muffins

Healthy School Christmas Party Ideas – Fun Games and Food for Kids but NO Sugar:

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Looking for inspiration for a Christmas party for kids? These food art activities, games, and crafts are sure to delight. (Pssst… don’t tell the kids there is no sugar in the food – they will never know!) https://sl290.isrefer.com/go/nsparty/happy2bmyownboss/

Check out this video:

Click here if you are interested or need more information.

 

Grain-free Christmas Cake Recipe

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Fun party game: see if your guests can guess what this delightful treat is made of!

This cake is healthy enough to serve for breakfast, but decadent enough for a dessert. And it’s SO PRETTY: https://sl290.isrefer.com/go/Christmascake/happy2bmyownboss/ Continue reading Grain-free Christmas Cake Recipe

FREE Download: 10 Snacks Your Kids Can Make

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My kids love the lessons from Kids Cook Real Food Site. Your kids will love them too!

Why don’t you check out this FREE Download: 10 Snacks Your Kids Can Make and see for yourself!

Go ahead and give it a try… you never know you may just find your kids are helping you out a lot more and you can take a well deserved break! You might even enjoy the snacks they make and find a new family favorite!

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