Category: Recipes

Empty Fridge and Potato Chips: Remembering the Early New Mom Days

Ahh…the early days of being a new mom. Whether it’s your first or you have others, it can be an overwhelming time! Even though it’s natural to think about your baby first, it’s also important to take care of yourself. I learned that the hard way.


My daughter is two, but I can still vividly remember being up at 4 a.m. for a feeding, starving and exhausted. I remember opening the refrigerator with one hand, the baby in the other, trying to figure out what I could eat that was actuall...

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Merav Benson

Curing Winter Blahs in the Kitchen

The winter months in Chicago always guarantee several things: cold, snow and long dark days. As parents we say goodbye to our outdoor hangouts and prepare to stay cozy indoors for what seems like forever. To make those frosty winter afternoons more tolerable and more fun, my two daughters join me for culinary creativity in our kitchen.

I’ve always loved wholesome food and cooking, even before my kids were born. When they were old enough to help in some small way, they assisted me with ...

Posted on December 28, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Carly Ubersox

Sugar Cookies with Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting for the Holidays

When I walked in the door one recent evening, my kids were ready for an activity! My son suggested we bake sugar cookies! With the holidays right around the corner, this is the perfect sweet treat! My family is a chocolate house; however, this sugar cookie recipe is sure to please even chocolate lovers.

My son used his warm hands to soften the butter (until he said the butter was too mushy and gross) while my daughter poured in the ingredients. They fought over the rolling pin, but the...

Posted on December 12, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Healthfull Ever After

The Best Breakfast Picks For Your Family

Whether you are training for the Strollers in the Front 5K Walk/Run or a standard marathon day of chasing kids, fueling in the beginning of the day is going to help keep your energy levels sustained so your kids don’t out run you.  By front loading your nutrients early, you’ll be less tempted to eat simple, refined carbohydrates during the mid-afternoon crash.  Eating breakfast not only helps with weight loss, it offers you an opportunity to get in many of your major nutrients and vitamins...

Posted on October 18, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Jasmine Jafferrali

Singing the Praises of Trail Mix – Especially For New Moms

Having a baby can be extremely overwhelming. And it’s natural for us to think of the baby first and ourselves last. The irony is that we need to take care of ourselves so that we can be the best moms and dads!

When my daughter was first born, I can’t even tell you how many times I found myself starving at random hours in the day and staring at an empty refrigerator (when was the last time I was able to go grocery shopping or actually cook a meal??). What I’d end up doing is heading to ...

Posted on September 20, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Merav Benson

Baby Food Making - The Whole Foods Way

I am embarrassed to admit this, but I have a split personality.   One is Everyday Taylor (the practical one) and the other is Fantasy Taylor.  My fantasy self wears high heels, has a spotless house, and, even though the CTA is my personal chauffeur, I get everywhere 10 minutes early.  My everyday self knows high heels hurt, the house just passes inspection, and that I’m always running 10-15 minutes behind.  Occasionally, the lines get blurred and Fantasy Taylor attempts to dominate Everyda...

Posted on September 17, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Taylor Dyer

New Parent Survival To-Do List

You’ve read every book, taken all the classes necessary, purchased every gadget and decorated the most perfect nursery in preparation for your little one to arrive.  You are about to embark on the most exciting adventure of your life: parenthood.  Say hello to your new daily to-do list of feeding the baby, burping the baby, changing diapers, doing laundry, trying to get some sleep and repeating.  The Culinistas, a weekly home chef service, want to jazz up your latest to-do list with tips t...

Posted on September 07, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Jill Donenfeld

Craziest Cookie Ever

Do you like Smores?

I love to cook, and I love to bake but always with a healthy twist. I especially enjoy cooking with my kids! The bigger the mess they make, the louder they laugh!

With summer winding down, I miss my camp days. I have fond memories of roasting marshmallows by a campfire and eating smores. Since my kids are too little to sit quietly (ANYWHERE) around a campfire, we enjoy smores in our kitchen. We tried microwaving smores, but this activity was only entertaini...

Posted on August 15, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Healthfull Ever After

Summer Survival Tips

I have to say, I am so tired of hearing about the "lazy days of summer". Really, who gets to just hang out? Certainly not I or any other working parent. Although fun-packed, summer is the busiest season of the year. Not only do you still have to do all the usual chores and errands, but you have to find time for summer fun too! 

Really, I swear I’m not whining.  I love the trips to the zoo, picnics in the park and attending our neighborhood’s street fairs.  I just don’t want to mis...

Posted on August 01, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Taylor Dyer

Mirroring Healthy Habits – What is Your Grocery Cart Teaching?

Last week, I walked into our living room just in time to hear Grace yell at our cat, "No, no! Get out of there!"

Oh, boy. That sounded eerily familiar. Having my toddler mimic something I say is adorable…and TERRIFYING! It is like looking at a living mirror and praying that only the good gets reflected. Her entire role in life is to observe, learn and repeat everything we do.

A study of 120 children aged 2 to 6 years found a distinct link between the children’s parents’ food p...

Posted on June 20, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Loralynne Evans