10 Tips for Cooking with Your Toddler(s): While Staying Sane, Safe, and Sanitary

It isn’t a surprise that with a Bachelors degree in nutrition and a background teaching children’s culinary classes (age 2-16) that cooking with little people is one of my FAVORITE ways to help them learn new foods! But not everyone feels quite as confident in the kitchen when they have their little one with them.Continue reading “10 Tips for Cooking with Your Toddler(s): While Staying Sane, Safe, and Sanitary”

Homemade Hummus Recipe

Hummus is one of my FAVORITE foods to make at home! Before I learned this recipe, I didn’t know how good hummus could truly be! It is such a versatile food that can add extra protein, healthy fat, calcium and non-heme iron to a meal that would otherwise lack those things! INGREDIENTS 1 can (15Continue reading “Homemade Hummus Recipe”

Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Jumbo Shells with Marinara and Ground Beef Sauce

Ingredients 1 pound ground beef 1/2 cup wilted spinach, fresh or frozen  1 can (24 ounces) marinara sauce 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, split 24 pieces jumbo pasta shells 24 ounces ricotta cheese 2 cups freshly shredded mozzarella cheese 1 egg, beaten Directions In a large pot over medium heat,Continue reading “Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Jumbo Shells with Marinara and Ground Beef Sauce”

5 Fast Smoothie Recipes with Veggies

I always advocate that people (especially children) get their nutrients primarily from the foods they eat. And that they only use supplements if they absolutely can not meet their daily needs through what they eat…sometimes I have to find creative ways to get extra nutrients in! And one of the easiest ways to get a toddler to unknowingly have 2-3 servings of veggies- a smoothie!

The Ultimate Grocery List

Grocery shopping isn’t everyones favorite activity, but it sure is mine!! During my undergrad courses, I had to take a class that required us to complete a “grocery store tour”. We learned all the ins-and-outs of how to most efficiently shop for groceries. One of the most important things that I learned was to categorizeContinue reading “The Ultimate Grocery List”

Mini Crustless Quiche for Busy Mornings

Mornings aren’t particularly my favorite part of the day, but no matter what they always come. No matter what, I am always armed with a STRONG cup of coffee but that’s not enough to keep me going until lunch.¬†

Mommy and Me Meal Plan

In special commemoration of the @snackswithJax 100th Instagram post, we decided to share a meal plan for other mamas who are hungry too! Something that has taken some adjusting is becoming used to the idea that my needs are NEVER first. Because of that, I would find myself STARVING at 9pm after putting Jax down, cleaningContinue reading “Mommy and Me Meal Plan”

Pot Roast (Plus Recipe for Mom and Dad)

Pot Roast… MmmmMmmmm! It is one of my favorite “comfort meals”. I have been looking for protein recipes that are soft enough for Jax (8mo) to eat but that his papa and I will also enjoy! For recipes like this one, that does mean I have to make two separate “roasts” but that’s okay becauseContinue reading “Pot Roast (Plus Recipe for Mom and Dad)”