Trader Joe’s Family Dinners and Grocery List

Recently, while helping my sister apartment shop, I had my first ever “Trader Joe’s experience” and not to be dramatic but it was LIFE CHANGING. Seriously, the prices, the cleanliness, the quality, even the reasonably priced flowers… it was amazing! What I found most amazing was the quality of their “premade”and “pre-packaged” foods. From aContinue reading “Trader Joe’s Family Dinners and Grocery List”

Infant Iron Needs

Iron is an essential nutrient that’s used to make hemoglobin which helps blood carry oxygen and deliver it to all the other cells. Without hemoglobin, the body will stop producing healthy red blood cells and your baby’s muscles, tissues, and cells might not get the oxygen they need! Iron is also important for the immuneContinue reading “Infant Iron Needs”

Starting Solids- The Essentials

Starting Solids with your little one is such an exciting time! One of the most asked questions when preparing for solids is: WHAT DO I NEED?! To be honest, you really don’t need much! A few simple products for food prep, cleaning, and feeding and you are good to go – as long as yourContinue reading “Starting Solids- The Essentials”

Baby Led Weaning: Sweet Potato

When thinking of “first foods“, especially for BLW, sweet potato is often on the top of the list. In fact, it was one of the first things I made for Jax when he started self feeding. Check out how happy he was munching on sweet potato for the first time (at 6.5 months old). SweetContinue reading “Baby Led Weaning: Sweet Potato”

Strawberry Chia Jam

Growing up peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were a staple food in our home. Now, as an adult, I want to share that meal time nostalgia with my own child! However, if you have ever flipped over those store bought jellies and read the ingredients and nutrtion information it can make you a little hesitant.Continue reading “Strawberry Chia Jam”

Spinach and Banana Pancakes

Vegetables for BREAKFAST! Yes, that is correct. Vegetable. For. Breakfast. Incorporating veggies as part of your meal and snack routine is a very important part in helping toddlers and children learn to like these foods. Rather than pushing vegetables off until dinner time, I highly encourage you to look for opportunities to include them atContinue reading “Spinach and Banana Pancakes”

One Pot Garlic Butter Chicken and Rice with Broccoli

One pot meals are ALWAYS the best! Less dishes, less work, but still delicious. This Garlic Butter Chicken and Rice is perfect to make for the whole family to enjoy together! I use my Dutch Oven for this recipe but any large pot with a lid will work. This post contains affiliate links. See hereContinue reading “One Pot Garlic Butter Chicken and Rice with Broccoli”

Make Meals Fun!

One of my favorite tips for Parents of Picky Eaters is to make meals FUN! Novelty and imagination goes such a long way with little ones! It can transform a normal meal into something completely new and exciting with something as simple and quick as cookie cutter & a sandwhich– and in less than 5Continue reading “Make Meals Fun!”

Tips for Parenting a Picky Eater

It is INCREDIBLY common for children to begin to develop food preferences- especially after they turn 1 year old! And these preferences, if not appropriately maintained, can lead to what we call “picky eating”….Rather than stressing yourself about this (because mom life has ENOUGH to worry about), lets chat about some of the things you can do to help work WITH your “picky eater”.

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”