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Episode 27: Reclaiming Chicken Nuggets from the Kids’ Menu

Chicken nuggets have become a vilified symbol of “kid’s food” in America, yet nearly every cuisine has a version of this simple dish, from Italian Chicken Milanese to Japanese Chicken Katsu, and these dishes are not considered just kids’ food in other countries.

This week, Stacie and Meghan are reclaiming chicken nuggets… or strips, or fingers, or cutlets. We go over everything from the merits of keeping frozen nuggets on hand to pro-tips on how to make yours homemade as quickly and inexpensively as possible. Because we’re taking back this “kids food” to restore peace and equilibrium at the family table. And because, yea, we want to eat some crispy breaded chicken too.

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Episode 25: How to make nachos a legit family dinner

This week is all about nachos — but not for the reason you might expect. Because would we ever dedicate a whole episode to game day food just because of the World Series? (We kid. We know it’s a super white Maroon 5 concert.)

No, we’re talking nachos because they are one of the most underrated family meals around. We’ll tell you why, fill you in on all the gloriously easy ways you can use nachos to make a fast meal packed with good stuff your kids will actually eat & give tips on how to build them perfectly. Because soggy, structurally unsound nachos suck for everyone.

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Episode 23: How to save money on groceries with The Budget Mom

Over the last few months, both Stacie and Meghan have taken a long, hard look at their families’ finances and were shocked to discover how much they were spending on groceries. As it turns out, they’re not alone. After talking to Kumiko, aka The Budget Mom, they learned that food is the biggest expenditure for most families.

Whether or not you thought you were looking to save money on groceries this year, this episode is for you — because who doesn’t want to save money?! Sure, we go deep with hardcore tips for people who are ready to get serious about their budgets. But we also talk about practical ways that anyone can save money by being more mindful and less wasteful: a worthwhile practice in more ways than one.

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Episode 22: The Busy Parents’ Guide to Instant Pot Cooking

Welcome to season 2, dedicated to solving kitchen problems & building practical cooking skills to help feed your family more easily, quickly, and affordably!

When thinking about how to save time, energy, and money in the kitchen, there was no question of how to kick things off: with the Instant Pot! And if doing a primer on the IP for busy parents, there was no question of who to talk to: Michelle Tam of Nom Nom Paleo. Here's everything you need to know about an electric pressure cooker, and how to use it most effectively to feed a family.

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Episode 20: Easy Homemade Food Gifts + More Ways to Holiday Like a Boss

There’s no escaping the holiday onslaught now! So this week, we do our part to keep it all from feeling overwhelming by helping you take charge of how you want the next month to look.

We pull out our kitchen expertise to share tons of suggestions for easy homemade food gifts that will save you time and money, and also our fastest, simplest family meals that you can whip up when you’re super exhausted thanks to all of the extra stuff you have to take care of this month. Basically: We share ideas and shortcuts that will help you take care of yourself so that you can holiday like a boss.

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Episode 19: The Best Cookbooks of 2018 for Family Cooks

Over the years, we’ve increasingly become kitchen minimalists. We encourage home cooks to spend less, invest in fewer gadgets, buy smart, and maximize what you already have. But we have one weakness: COOKBOOKS! No matter how many cookbooks we buy, are gifted, or get through work, our cookbook wish list never gets any shorter.

This week, to help us sort through the best cookbooks of the year, we invited Brian Stewart of Salt + Spine, a podcast that explores the art and craft of cookbooks. Tune in for his picks in unconventional categories thought up just for us: the home cooks who have to feed families night after night. After night.

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Episode 11: The United States of Food Issues?

Interviewing is an art we’re still mastering, so perhaps it’s no surprise that our very first curveball comes courtesy of Food Network star Aarti Sequeira, who you may not know is also a trained journalist.

We interviewed Aarti for our series on picky eating, but she managed to expand the conversation in such a compelling way that we turned it into a stand-alone episode. There was talk of picky eaters, but Aarti tapped into much something larger — so we had to also. Welcome to something different this week.

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Episode 10: When It Comes to Picky Eating — The More You Stress, the Worse It Gets.

In the last episode in our three-part series on picky eaters, we explored the topic from perspectives on two ends of the age spectrum: Amy Palanjian of Yummy Toddler Food spoke to us as about picky young ones while Debbie Koenig chimed in about older picky eaters.

Does it get better? Does how we intervene when they are young improve our picky eaters as they grow up? We may never really know, but talking to each other helps. And maybe that’s what matters most: Helping each other so that we can all relax and let go a little.

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Episode 9: Looking for Picky Eater Help? You Won’t Find It in a Recipe.

In part two of the three-part series on picky eating, Stacie and Meghan chat with TV host and cookbook author Melissa d’Arabian. The mom of four is best known for her budget-friendly family meals, but also spent a great deal of time digging into the root causes of picky eating and trying to shift her daughters’ picky habits for the Food Network video series, The Picky Eaters Project.

With practical tips, a shocking (and totally hilarious) you-can-do-it-tonight takeaway, and non-judgy attitude, Melissa shares what she learned from the experience, including reflections on how successful it was now that her kids are older.

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Episode 7: Chop, Chop, Om — Real Life Meal Prep Tips as Self Care

Mention meal prepping and visions of spending our entire Sunday in the kitchen dance in our heads. But is this really what it takes?

We chatted with the queen of meal prep, Tracy Benjamin of Shutterbean, to find out. Because we had a feeling there might be a different way. As it turns out, there are several different ways. And if you find the one that's right for you, you might even start to think about meal prepping as a form of self care.

Go figure.

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Episode 6: Meal Planning Isn't Magic (But You Should Do It Anyway)

Admit it: Six o'clock on a weeknight is the worst time to be the family cook. The kids are cranky, everyone is hungry, and who knows what your picky 3-year old is going to actually eat tonight. Staring into the fridge wondering what the hell you're going to pull out is one way to get the job of feeding your family done, but what if there was a better way? In the first part of our two part meal planning mini series, Meghan walks us through the magic of meal planning and Stacie asks the tough practical questions about whether meal planning is right for every family and what we can do instead to take the stress out of Wednesday night dinners, because Wednesday are the worst!

Join us as we dive into meal planning for real, family life.

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