Monday Meals: Grilled Chicken Salad with Garlic Confit

When you have all the kids home for the summer, dinner time is the biggest buzzkill because it feels like all you've been doing all day is feeding kids. Most nights I can't even think of a protein/veggie/carb combo that is simple and easy and not too involved.  Usually at 5:30 pm I'm  typing words into my web browser like "chicken breast" and praying that something pops up that jolts awake the elusive dinner-fixing muse. Last week the website bonappetit.com came through for me with a Grilled … [Read more...]

“Lego” Popcorn (aka popped sorghum)

Even my picky eater will often try something new if I pair it with something he likes. So when I was trying popped sorghum and called it "Lego Popcorn" and required each child to accept the first tasty popped kernel from a Lego figure, ALL of the kids were immediately hooked! Actually this isn't popcorn. . .it is popped sorghum which look like miniature popcorn and the perfect Lego figure size! Have you ever heard of it? I had no idea, but when I spotted a bag of it on the clearance shelf … [Read more...]

Baby Kale and Chickpea Salad

Often as parents we assume that our children won't like something and so we don't even provide the opportunity for them to make up their own minds. Such was the case with the Baby Kale Salad with Chickpeas; I made a large bowl of it thinking that I had actually made myself lunch for the week. I wasn't even going to serve it to the rest of the family. But, when they saw it in the bowl, everyone wanted to try some! I didn't have one leaf left for lunch the next day. This is salad is so simple … [Read more...]

Monday Meals: Tre Trattoria’s Bolognese

I'm keeping with the theme of "What will Will Eat?" as I post my next family friendly recipe. And, like most kids, Will loves pasta. The problem is that Marc hates red sauce. This is odd because both Marc and Maddie are pretty adventurous and open to all kinds of foods. So, I keep looking for something that satisfies all tastes and may even have a grown-up twist. The San Antonio Express News Sunday Food section (which is a MUST READ every Sunday morning) posted Tre Trattoria's Bolognese as … [Read more...]

AMAZING Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

My friend and work colleague said that I should only post recipes of meals that Will loves. Will is probably my pickest eater--which is funny because when you have two sets of twins 19 months apart they are all pretty much eating the same thing. So, I find it strange (and I'll admit frustrating) having a picky eater. But that is Will. It might also be that he "tastes" food differently than the rest of us. Will is allergic to eggs and the allergist once told me that eggs probably have a … [Read more...]

How to Get your Kids to Eat Almost Anything

I'm a huge advocate for dinner. I cook it almost every night and there is really no predicting what it might be. When my husband and I were first married cooking dinner was actually a sour point of our nascent marriage. Scott had been a bachelor for 11 years and for 11 years he had pretty much decided what he'd eat for dinner. Usually it was a salad. . .or some take out. This arrangement worked well for him until the new wife decided that she, armed with the wedding gift, Marc Bittman's How … [Read more...]

The Cool Cucumber: the perfect (easy) side dish

Today I'm paying homage to my maternal Hungarian roots. Living in San Antonio has meant that I've adopted quite a few flavors and recipes from my husband's Hispanic heritage. But, today we go back to the Ohio Valley where my mom's family settled and bring forward a delicious, easy, and oh-so-cool cucumber salad that is the PERFECT accompaniment to almost any cooked meat. Usually when I do a cucumber salad I'm putting on a vinaigrette and my family loves it that way. Even Will, my … [Read more...]

Picadillo: Fast food that you’ll love

The passing of Labor Day means that there is no more pretending that we are just "easing" into the school year. We are full speed ahead and already over scheduled with back to school nights, projects, soccer practices and games, birthdays, and scouts. Right now I'm still a stickler about family meals and sitting together for dinner, but I've had to concede every Wednesday for soccer practices which start as early as 5:30 for Luke and Will. So dinner for them is around 4:30 and Scott feeds the … [Read more...]

Make that Pork feel Special with a Good Rubdown

Nothing says DINNER! like taking a roast out of the oven and ceremoniously presenting it to a group of admiring and hungry people.  But when the school year begins (ok, heck anytime of year!) and the schedule is overwhelmed with homework and projects and sports practices and Scouts and music lessons, we might be tempted to just detour to the closest drive-thru. Not today! I have two EASY recipes for rubs that will save you a ton of time and make your family will think you are absolutely … [Read more...]

Korean Beef

If mother of multiples posts a recipe that she says is easy AND ALL OF HER CHILDREN LOVE IT, you may as well add it to your repertoire of meals--especially meals that need to be done 15 minutes ago. Thus is the case with this recipe of Korean Beef (not actually sure if it is in fact, Korean) that was posted on the San Antonio Mother's of Multiples Cooking page. This should be filed under the key words easy, kid friendly, sweet, fast. I think the sweet part is what my family of sugar hounds … [Read more...]