Category: Recipes

Cooking with Kids - Healthy Snacks

Our recent NPN Moms in Business event was an eye opening combination of tips for how to decode food labels with Jasmine Jafferali and a delicious cooking demo with Elena Marre of The Kids' Table.  A happy place where you and your littlest ones will get inspired to make and eat fantastically healthy meals. Thanks to Elena for sharing these MIB tested recipes - they are so easy, interactive, tasty, and ridiculously nutricious.  Test them out with your family!

Snacks & Appetizers - mo...

Posted on November 02, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Elena Marre

A is for Apple & Apple-Pumpkin Pancakes

October is National Apple Month!  At Purple Asparagus, our cars smell apple-licious as we cart Mutsu, Razor Russet, Scarlet O’Hara, and Lucky Jon’s apples to Chicago Public Schools all over Chicago.

Purple Asparagus is a non-profit that educates children, families and the community about eating that’s good for the body and the planet. Our cornerstone program, Delicious Nutritious Adventures, teaches elementary school students starting with a tasting and ending with a cooking lesson - k...

Posted on October 28, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Melissa Graham

Fresh from the Forum: Lunch Box Ideas

NPN's discussion forums are chock-full of millions of posts on topics ranging from behavior challenges to snack ideas!

School is back in full swing, and many parents are looking for something other than peanut butter sandwiches to pack in their kids' lunches every day.

Recently one of our discussion board users was seeking some creative lunch options. Our members posted some fun and healthy lunch box ideas, including:


Pizzas with whole wheat pitas from Trad...

Posted on October 04, 2011 at 10:17 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Late Summer Fun-Picking your own produce

Are you looking for a fun, healthy day trip that’s cost-effective, child-friendly and yields enjoyment for weeks to follow? Consider picking your own produce. Here are some tips for planning your trip.

1. Decide when you are going and what you would like to pick. Unlike shopping in the grocery store— where we have the illusion that most fruits and vegetables are available year-round—most u-pick crops have a short window for picking. In general, strawberries are available in June; b...

Posted on August 26, 2011 at 10:00 AM by Hope Egan

Want kids to eat veggies? Try Purple Asparagus

Imagine a class full of children swearing that they hate vegetables. Not hard to envision, right? Come back in an hour and watch them swarm the teacher’s desk for any leftovers from their veggie tasting. Believe that? I’ve witnessed this transformation on hundreds of occasions while teaching with Purple Asaparagus in the Chicago Public Schools.

Purple Asparagus educates children, families and the community about eating that’s good for the body and the planet. Delicious Nutritious Adven...

Posted on August 24, 2011 at 2:00 PM by Melissa Graham

Hot Topic: Breaking out of your Food Bubble

This past May, I was asked to speak on a panel of mom bloggers to members of the Center for Food Integrity, a consortium of organizations from every part of the food chain, including farmers and ranchers, universities, food processors, restaurants, retailers and food companies. On this panel, I was asked things like where do I shop for food, what do I look out for, and where do I get information about my food. When I said words like “Whole Foods” and “organic” I was surprised at some of th...

Posted on August 03, 2011 at 11:30 AM by Sara Fisher

Want your kids to eat their veggies – try gardening!

Recently, I had a very unexpected moment – my 4 year old got excited about herbs and veggies – a fantasy few parents experience in a lifetime.  Normally, I can expect her to eat a few raw carrots and sometimes even a small portion of steamed veggies.  At home, we have lots of discussions about the “just one bite rule” or the “just shove it down bite” to make sure she tries new foods.  Occasionally, I sneak in a puree – but by this age, I think I’m at the point where my big girl should start t...

Posted on June 13, 2011 at 12:17 PM by Sarah Cobb

Healthy Eating Tips from the Working Moms Group Event!

If your kids are anything like mine, you have all sorts of tricks up your sleeve to get your child to eat a few bites of veggies. In February, Lara Field, a registered dietician and certified specialist in pediatrics, spoke at the Working Moms group luncheon and gave me new hope and much better tools to help our family.  Lara shared so many great tips!  Below are a few highlights:

After shopping, cut up fresh vegetables and fruit and put into easily accessible containers so you and...

Posted on March 02, 2011 at 9:32 AM by Marietta Coles