Category: Recipes

Pantry Raid, Part III: 5 Simple Substitutions for Better Health

October 14th, 2012 by

One of the things that I have learned in my quest to make quick, healthy meals for my family is that, for most of us, a total overhaul is intimidating and impossible. But we can make a healthier lifestyle more manageable by making smart, simple choices, and most of these start at the store. So, […]

3 Delicious Dinners – Fast, Family Friendly and Meatless

June 13th, 2012 by

Like most families, we are trying to make healthier choices these days, and being more conscious of how much meat and processed junk is in our diets. So when my husband, who is already fit and health-conscious, was found to have slightly elevated LDL cholesterol levels, I knew I needed to be even more careful. […]

Cheating in the Kitchen: DIY Spice Blends

April 11th, 2012 by
3 simple spice blends

I had a chance to visit with my good friend Tami today, and the talk turned, as it often does, to food, and cooking, and what kids will and won’t eat. I was spoiled growing up. My Middle Eastern supermom made pita bread and baklava from scratch and a well-rounded home-cooked meal every night. I […]

Outsmarting a Picky Eater: Part 2 of French Kids Eat Everything

April 6th, 2012 by

When I spoke to Karen Le Billon, one of the things that struck me the most was the fundamental difference between French people and North American people when it comes to snacking. For Americans, snacking is a way of life, and for me, as a mom, it has become as much a part of our […]

Sick Leave : (

March 24th, 2012 by

Okay, so it’s been a busy week. A very, very busy week. Between spring break fun (Legoland, the beach, lots of swimming with friends) and evenings filled with meetings and other commitments, I expected to be a little tired. But then Tuesday after we got home, I planted the girls on the couch in front […]

A Little Overboard at Whole Foods, and A Recipe

March 21st, 2012 by

My idea of celebrating my birthday used to involve long spa visits and shopping for shoes. Tragically, these days, my celebrations have taken a decidedly different turn. I spent my birthday “weekend” doing two of my new favorite things: shopping at Whole Foods, all alone, while my husband took the kids to a nearby jumpy […]

Making Mornings Easier: Homemade Frozen Breakfasts

March 4th, 2012 by

Lately, my husband Kevin has been taking my older daughter to school more often, which means that both of them have to be out the door by 7:30. Unfortunately, he doesn’t make it dowstairs until it’s time to head otu the door, so I have been handing him makeshift breakfasts on his way out the door, […]

5 Dinners in 5 Minutes or less

February 29th, 2012 by

The last couple of weeks have been so busy, that if I don’t manage to carve out some time in the morning to cook dinner, then it doesn’t seem to happen at all. On Mondays Eva has dance class, and on Wednesdays Lola has Children’s Music Theater, and both of those days we get home […]

The Beauty Mommy High Tech Week: Organizing Recipes

October 18th, 2011 by

The last few weeks our house has been overtaken by my projects, as I try to get organized for fall and the upcoming holidays. The library has piles of accessories waiting to be placed, and I’ve been madly scanning magazines, filing recipes and articles, and trying to get my paper clutter under control. With rapidly […]

Beauty Mommy Mixer: Tips for Quick, Healthy Dinners

October 4th, 2011 by

This is the last installment of notes from my mixer. Probaby the presentation I heard the most feedback about was the one on preparing quick, healthy meals – and it’s an area where I am definitely not an expert. I’ve just picked up a few tips from a combination of experience and reading/watching cooking experts. […]