Category: Recipes

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

A Feast For A King (Or Your Dad); Steak Kabobs and Grilled Corn

Most manly food desires do not equate with healthy. I surveyed my husband and his friends and the overwhelming consensus was BBQ ribs and cheeseburgers. These are delicious foods, (who doesn’t enjoy a juicy hamburger on a pretzel roll! YUM.) but I knew I could conjure up something a bit healthier and make the man of the house feel extra special.

My wise four-year-old suggested steak (his dad loves steak)! To add my healthy twist, I turned the sirloin into kabobs with zucchini, red onio...

Posted on June 14, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Healthfull Ever After

Five Ways to Make Your Kitchen Healthier

I often receive a lot of questions about how I cook or what do I use to cook for my family.  While I try hard to help families make easy transitions that won’t break their bank accounts, here are my top five kitchen items that are better alternatives to cooking and baking. 

#1. Himalayan Salt:  Move over sea salt, there is a bigger crystal that provides more trace minerals than your refined counter part.  Himalayan Salt has been around for centuries found in the mountains of Pakistan, ...

Posted on June 13, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Jasmine Jafferrali

The Asparagus Thief

I am a health nut.  I run for fun, practice yoga in odd positions, shop at farmer’s markets for hours, eat and cook healthy.  You can imagine my disappointment when my two-year-old finally started having an opinion, which was terrific; but not so terrific when his opinion involved eating only French fries and pizza.

As a baby, my son would gobble up green peas from a jar.  He liked mashed bananas and smashed sweet potatoes.  Around his second birthday, he started saying “no.”  No to th...

Posted on June 06, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Healthfull Ever After

Rainbow Carrots & Edamame Fried Rice

I don’t know about you, but in my house, fried rice is an absolute favorite! We all know fried rice may not be the best foods for you, but it sure is delicious.

Another thing I love about fried rice is that it can be very filling and satisfying, especially if you add in the right ingredients. Scrambled eggs is a great source of protein and is an ingredient staple in fried rice recipes. I also often use leftover roast chicken, even shredded pot roast or Italian sausage!

This re...

Posted on May 04, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Johanna M. Cook

Sing Spring with Green Eggs & Ham

Spring has arrived alarmingly early in Chicago. With five straight record setting 80 degree days in March, the tulips are shooting up and the trees are nearly in full bloom. 5 tips for welcoming the change in season with kids!

1) Take a family trip to the farmers’ market or to a farm. There are few better ways to connect your children with the earth. We’re all so used to the blessings of modern transportation and our grocery stores do not lack asparagus and raspberries even in the deep...

Posted on March 30, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Melissa Graham

Cooking with Kids - Orange You Glad

While Purple Asparagus incorporates as many local products into its school programs as possible, during the winter months, we turn to some imported fruits for our school program. From January through early February, we tote a whole assortment of delicious citrus fruits all over Chicago.  At home, you can help your little ones learn about these five orange siblings:

Naval Orange: While kids may have tasted their fair share of the navel, few know that the name is not the result of it...

Posted on March 01, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Melissa Graham

Cooking with Kids - Sausage & Cheddar Strata

The holidays are a magical time. On almost every street, homes sparkle in the dark December skies. Even with the busy-ness of the season, we seem to enjoy our families more as the holidays close in and our everyday work slows down.

Whether dinner is a quick casserole after a shopping trip or a multi-course weekend feast, December is the perfect time to rediscover the family table. While you are enjoying the holidays - enlist little hands to assist with cooking.

While your kitchen h...

Posted on December 27, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Melissa Graham

Picky Eating at Holiday Time

'Twas the holiday dinner and all through the ‘morn 

I slaved roasting turkey and dressing and corn

A feast full of holiday textures and smells

We gathered for dinner and it all went to ………

Stella, our little one, fell to the floor.

She screamed and she flailed and she ran for the door.

No turkey!  No corn!  No potatoes!  No beans!

Just give me my yogurt.  I won’t make a scene.

There are so many reasons why young children are very choosy about what they eat. ...

Posted on December 15, 2011 at 9:00 AM by Marsha Baker

Cooking with Kids - Good For You Pizza & Brownies

At, our recent NPN Moms in Business event, the delicious cooking demo with Elena Marre of The Kids' Table included a white pizza and you-would-never-know-but-you-love-that-there-are-vegetables-in-them vegan brownies! These MIB tested recipes are so easy, interactive, tasty, and ridiculously nutricious.  Test them out with your family!  Here is part 2.  Don't miss Part 1 - Snacks and Appetizers.

Dinner and dessert:

Pizza Dough and White Pizza Sauce  (Makes 1 14-inch pizza)


Posted on November 14, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Elena Marre