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  • Sitaara Jones

    Sitaara Jones is a Chicago native and enjoys working from home as a mom of two and wife. A former third-grade teacher, Sitaara enjoys making the lives of teachers and students healthier through movement and also works as a fitness instructor.

    Raise your hand if you're burned-out from planning weeknight dinners

    Make dinner exciting again! Connect with others while sharing your very own recipes in NPN’s first-ever cookbook.

    One thing I love about NPN is that I’m surrounded by other parents that I can honestly share the joys and woes of parenting with. One of those woes that many of us feel daily is the struggle of deciding what to feed the tiny humans we’ve created. My day often moves so quickly that the thought of slowing down to prep dinner for hours no longer fits into my lifestyle.

    Hangry and searching for ideas that stretch beyond my exhausted “Yummm” Pinterest board, I turned to the NPN Discussion Forum and found several other moms that were desperately looking for new recipes and tips to make dinner easier. A few weeks later, and here we are: launching our very first cookbook! 

    NPN Cooks: Connecting Through Food seeks to compile Chicago meals from Chicago families and solve your weeknight craving for new dinner ideas. Obviously, we need your help and would love to publish your recipe — keep reading if you’re hungry to learn more!

    What is it?
    NPN Cooks is our first cookbook that we hope to turn into an annual NPN tradition and fundraiser. The cookbook will be a compilation of recipes from NPN staff and members and provide all contributors with the opportunity to share their favorite recipes and even add a special note (perfect for shouting out your great-grandmama for the original recipe!) or photo.

    [Related: How to get your kids involved in day to day cooking]

    How can I contribute?
    Click this link to add your recipe! It’s super easy and takes less than 60 seconds for the average recipe. We ask that all recipes are entered by November 25th so that we can design the book and get it ready for print for the holidays.

    Can I share any recipe?
    This year, we are focusing on family weeknight meals with an emphasis on mains, sides, and sweets or snacks. So we ask that the recipe that you share can fall within one of those categories. 

    Is there a limit to contributing?
    Nope! There is no limit on how many recipes you contribute! 

    [Related: 5 tips for cooking with little kids]

    How much does it cost?
    Contributing your recipe(s) is free! The cost for completed cookbooks varies based on the format that you’d like to order. There are multiple formats ranging from a digital version that you can access on your phone or tablet to a hardback-cover cookbook, with a few other options in between.

    How do I order?
    You can pre-order without entering in any credit card information when you submit your recipe. We will notify all members when the book is officially on sale.

    I have questions. Who can I contact?
    Please reach out to me with questions at sitaara@npnparents.org.

    Chef's kiss!



    Sitaara Jones

    Sitaara Jones is a Chicago native and enjoys working from home as a mom of two and wife. A former third-grade teacher, Sitaara enjoys making the lives of teachers and students healthier through movement and also works as a fitness instructor.


    Photo: Jimmy Dean / Unsplash




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