Posts in picky eaters
Episode 53: Is Homemade Pizza Actually Worth the Effort?

Pizza is a beloved family food, and rightly so. It’s inexpensive, kid-loved, and an effective vehicle for getting picky eaters to eat more vegetables. It’s also readily available: Nearly every town in America has pizza delivery within a phone’s reach. While 1-800-pizza might be faster, we think DIY pizza has it’s merits, and in this episode we breakdown when and where it might be worth making pizza at home from scratch.

Should you shortcut the dough? Skip homemade sauce or make a rustic version? And is mozzarella cheese the only way to go? We cover it all — or most of it, anyway — in the next 60 minutes.

This week’s episode is made possible by Cabot Cheese. Visit cabotcheese.coop for more information.

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Episode 51: Tips for Getting Your Tween to Eat Healthy School Lunches

Tweens are much like toddlers in many ways that mirror general child development— including picky eating tendencies.

The combination of pickiness and growing autonomy can be disastrous for a parent who cares if their rapidly growing tween, gets food that actually nourishes them. School lunch is the hardest meal of the day, since it's so thoroughly out of our hands. This week we share the trials, tribulations and tips for making sure your tween eats a healthy lunch all school year long.

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Episode 50: Make-Ahead Breakfasts for Back-to-School

Being a fully functioning human at 6 am is hard. As much as the idea that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” has been drilled into our collective consciousness, we just cannot deal with having to feed ourselves and our kids a healthy, scratch meal every morning. That’s why, if you ask us, make-ahead breakfasts are critical to our kitchen game plan. Plus, they assuage that parent guilt. Listen for all the tips and recipes to get morning started off right — and quickly too.

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Episode 49: School Lunch 2019: An Update & How We're Prepping for Back-to-School

We’re kicking off our back-to-school series with this energy: There is no time, we feel side swiped by back-to-school preparations (even though we’ve known for months that it was coming), and OMG why are there still 10 million more things to do?!

So, yea, in this episode we’re taking a moment to stop, breathe, accept the madness for the inevitable reality that it is, and taking stock of what still works — and doesn’t work — for the year of packing school lunches ahead.

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Episode 48: Summer Snacks and S'more with Cookbook Author Dan Whalen

As we close out our mini summer season, we wanted to talk about another universally loved summer treat: s’mores! But it turns out that not everyone no the DIJFY crew is team graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows. Meghan and Stacie talk about the trouble with summer busyness, travel snacks and then Stacie gets free s’more’s therapy from cookbook author Dan Whalen.

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Episode 47: Our Favorite No-Cook Family Dinners (And Not Just Salads!)

It’s hot. Real hot. No one wants to fire up the stove to cook dinner, yet our families still expect to eat. (Go figure.) Even worse? They are extra hungry after long, hot days at camp, afternoons spent at the pool, and wicked long travel days. In this episode, we’re bringing all of our favorite no-cook (and low-cook) summer meals for families and sharing our secrets for making killer salads that your kids will actually eat. (Hint: ditch the lettuce! )

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Episode 42: All the Recipes You Should Be Cooking Right Now

As we begin to wind down season two, we share the recipes we’re cooking and think you should be cooking too. These are our lifesavers, the back-pocket recipes saving us from take-out night after night. We share the recipes with notes on what makes each great and how every one can be adapted to suit your family, schedule, and budget too. This is our cheat sheet. And now it’s yours too.

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Episode 41: How to Cook Vegetables So That They Taste Good—Even to Kids. Yes, Seriously.

One of the questions we’re most frequently asked is how to get kids to eat vegetables. The answer is easy: Make ‘em taste good. Turning that answer into a reality at your dinner table… not so much. In this episode, we invite toddler mama and anti-diet registered dietician Min Kwon to talk about how to make vegetables appealing to kids (and grown ups too).

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Episode 39: How to Turn Hummus Into Legit Family Dinners

Hummus, hummus, the magical dip, the more you use it, the more you … get to relax about dinner, because, you guys, this stuff really is magic. It’s kid-friendly, high in protein, and good for way more than a snack or lunch. Once you start using hummus as more than a sandwich spread or a dip for veggies and pita chips, a world of 10-20 minute dinner options opens up before you. From how to turn it into a pasta sauce to using it to transform a boring rotisserie chicken into an exciting meal, we share our favorite ideas for turning hummus into a legit family dinner.

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Episode 38: Why Pasta Is a Family Cook's Best Friend

On some level, we all know it: Pasta is a kitchen hero. But have you grasped the many reasons why that’s so? Or how to put it to best use? Or how to cook it perfectly (which is key, if you ask us)? In this episode, we share ALL the pasta tips, recipes, and ideas, from ones that will help you have more fun in the kitchen with your kids to others that will get you out of the kitchen faster. Because pasta can do both, and so much more too.

Oh the pastabilities!

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Episode 33: Spice Up Your Family's Food with Chief Spice Mama, Kanchan Koya

“What is the best way to teach the world of spices to young ones?” is not only a question we ponder often, but an actual question that came from our listener’s group a few weeks ago. Luckily, we’ve got an in with the Chief Spice Mama. This week we explore the spices in our kitchens with renewed vigor and insight after talking with Kanchan Koya.

Spices — dried and ground or even fresh herbs and aromatics — are actual magic ingredients just sitting in our cabinets ready to make vegetables taste better, to add flavor without extra fat or sugar, and more. Here’s how we’re spicing up our families food with just a handful of ingredients and without a bunch of fussy recipes.

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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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