Posts tagged meal prep
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 46: Grilling 101 - Easy Grilling Recipes, Tips For Beginners, and More

We can’t have a summer season without talking about the most iconic cooking method of the season: grilling. In this episode, we walk you through the myriad ways the grill can make life as the family cook easier, cooler, and more delicious. And also how it can help you make the most delicious homemade pizza. Just saying.

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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 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 36: The Invisible Work of Feeding a Family

We almost titled this "53 Minutes of Meghan Complaining," but agree with writer Cleo Wade: Complaints have no magic. Still, we have a lot to say about the weight that comes with the responsibility of feeding our families—and we have a hunch we're not alone. That's why it feels important to have this conversation. So here it is, but with only the complaints that lead to compassion and helpful ideas. Because the real magic happens when families—kids included!—find some semblance of balance that works for them, whatever that might be.

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Episode 35: Reducing Waste and Debt with Roe of Brown Kids

We want to be good citizens, but reducing waste in the kitchen can feel like an overwhelming task — unless you take the balanced and mindful approach shared with us by Roe of Brown Kids. Roe talks to us about the connection between reducing our footprint, minimalism, and financial freedom. From how to shop to the Jar Method of storing produce to last longer, we dig deep into practical tips that are good for the Earth and even better for you, your wallet, and your sense of freedom and joy.

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Episode 32: The After-School Snack Problem Solved. Sorta.

The hellish few hours between school and dinner, marked with relentless begging for snacks, might break us! Figuring out snack time is hard enough — how to keep our pantry stocked with healthy, kid-friendly options that work at home and on-the-go without breaking the bank — but also walking the line between keeping the kids sated, while not ruining dinner is enough to drive you mad. So we go over ALL the tips, ideas, recipes, and products to help you figure snack time out once and for all.

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Episode 30: The Art of Intentional Leftovers

Intentional leftovers, dubbed nextovers by our guest David Tamarkin, digital director of Epicurious and author of the Cook90 cookbook, are extras that you make intentionally while cooking one dinner, with the express intention of turning them into a different dinner on another night. Cooking the 1st night takes the usual amount of time, but cooking on the nextover night takes a fraction of the time. How’s that for a busy parent game changer? In this episode, we talk about everything from how to stock your pantry to choosing the right recipes to become a nextover master.

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Episode 28: Maybe the Slow Cooker Isn't So Great?

Listen: We know you love your slow cooker, and we use ours frequently too. But we’re not sold on the idea that the slow cooker is the answer to every parent’s dinner woes. In fact, we’ve got some major issues with crock pot cooking and a bunch of slow cooker recipes too.

But here are some dishes, ingredients, and circumstances for which the slow cooker is perfect. And once we’re done telling you all the ways you can do better than your slow cooker, we also tell you how you can maximize it. Because, damn, if you’re going to wait six or more hours for your food, it’d better be good.

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