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Lightened Up Macaroni and Cheese {Recipe}

Creamy, cheesy, ooey, gooey macaroni and cheese that’s better for you thanks to whole wheat pasta, reduced fat cheese, and a secret ingredient! I’m not kidding. It does exist, and I am going to tell you how. But before I do, let me fill you in on my love of mac n cheese. As a child, a box of macaroni and cheese with the yellow cheese powder was one of my favorite dinners. I was a picky eater back then and it was one of the few meals that my mother knew I would eat. And I did so very happily. As my palate an… read more »

Menu Plan Monday: Week of May 19, 2014

Hope everyone had a great weekend! Last week’s menu didn’t go quite as planned as a result of sick kids and not enough time to cook as a result. So this week we’ll be having some of what we missed last week. Here’s what’s on tap! Week of May 19, 2014 Monday: Shakshuka, Salad, and Cute Little Cornbread Tuesday: Poached Salmon Salad with Nectarines, Radishes, and Sugar Snap Peas (variation of this recipe) Wednesday: Citrus Ginger Tofu Salad with Soba Noodles Thursday: O… read more »

The Secret to Increasing Children’s Consumption of Fruits & Vegetables {Guest Post}

This post was written by sociologist Dina Rose, PhD, author of It’s Not About the Broccoli: Three Habits to Teach Your Kids for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating (Perigee). Want to teach your kids good eating habits? Here’s my suggestion: Don’t obsess about getting more fruits and vegetables into them. My advice might sound unconventional, but I’m not crazy. Here’s why: Training your kids to like fruits and vegetables — so they eat their greens, without, say, turning green! — is a wholeread more »

Menu Plan Monday: Week of May 12, 2014

Happy belated Mother’s Day to all who celebrated yesterday!  We were very lucky to have a beautiful day to celebrate, which meant a lot of time outside and dining al fresco: brunch on our patio and a BBQ with extended family!! Other than some crankiness from my little girls, it was a great day and I am very lucky and blessed to have a wonderful family!    Now that the days are longer and the weather is nicer, it’s time to start grilling, which we’ll be doing a couple of nights this wee… read more »

Gluten Free Salmon Cucumber Bites {Recipe ReDux}

Gluten free crackers topped with cucumbers, smoked salmon, and chive crème fraîche make a great hors d’oeuvres or appetizer for any cocktail party or event.  I received free samples of Breton Gluten Free Original with Flax and Breton Gluten Free Herb and Garlic from Dare Foods Incorporated mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Dare Foods Incorporated and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my timread more »