Posts tagged picky
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 40: What to Freeze (and Not to Freeze) for Easy Weeknight Cooking

Freezer meals have long had a negative connotation, but if you embrace it, your freezer will come to hold the most useful stock in your kitchen. Stacie & Meghan go over what to freeze, what not to freeze, and how to freeze it to make weeknight cooking quick and easy.

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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 34: Breaking Up With Brunch

Way back in episode five, we revealed the inconvenient truth about eating out with kids. Take all of that — dealing with the mess, feeling obligated to tip more to compensate for your children’s behavior, worrying about that any-second-now-meltdown, setting your money on fire because holy expensive to eat out — and let’s do it early in the day so that you can go home buzzed and have to CONTINUE PARENTING FOR HOURS.

Sound fun? We don’t think so either. But if you insist, we have some tips for how to survive brunch — or maybe even make it fun. Or at least easy and delicious.

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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 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 31: The Magic of Meatballs

What can be served plain or in soup, with pasta or in a sandwich, covered with sauce or with dip on the side, packed with vegetables or even leftovers… shall we go on? We can. Because meatballs? They’re magic for a family cook. We know that making them can end up a production, but we have all the tips to ensure that it doesn't. Follow them, and meatballs will become a weeknight go-to. You'll even have leftovers.

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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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