10 Simple Dinner Recipes for When Your Kids Are Sick of the Same Old, Same Old

10 Simple Dinner Recipes for When Your Kids Are Sick of the Same Old, Same Old

After years of treating patients for cholesterol disorders, prediabetes and childhood obesity, Julia Nordgren, M.D., was motivated to enroll in the Culinary Institute of America’s Accelerated Culinary Arts Certificate Program, where she graduated with honors. Since then, Chef Nordgren has helped countless families move the needle on becoming more intentional about their eating while developing sustainable and impactful lifestyle changes

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5 Easy Toddler Meals You Can Prep Ahead

5 Easy Toddler Meals You Can Prep Ahead

When you have a toddler in tow, simple everyday tasks can quickly become a struggle. Gone are the days of leisurely flipping through cookbooks for new recipes  or preparing a meal without some sort of pint-sized distraction to buy you just a few more minutes of cooking time.

We know you could use a few extra moments to breathe, so we are sharing five easy make-ahead toddler meals (each with multiple variations) that your kids—and your schedule—will love!

What quick-cook meals are your go-to? Let us know!

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Guest Post: Q&A with Lunches + Littles

Guest Post: Q&A with Lunches + Littles

Hi Kizingo blog readers! It’s Lunches + Littles here today with a little Q & A session!

If you don’t already follow me over on my feed; I am a busy Mama of three little ones (ages 2, 4 and 5 years), and as you can probably imagine, life can get a bit hectic at times in our home. That’s why I work hard over at @lunchesandlittles to develop recipes that are doable for real life, all while being kid-friendly, healthy and full of color. I am a huge believer that we all (especially our little ones) eat with our eyes first, so naturally, showcasing color as part of a healthy dish is very important to me. One of the hopes with my feed is that I will inspire other parents to offer up healthy, real foods in a colorful and/or fun way.

 

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Kizingo EATS: Roasted Broccoli

Kizingo EATS: Roasted Broccoli

Have you heard the statistic that kids need to try a food something like sixteen zillion times before they will actually want to eat it? (OK, it's more like 15-20, but sometimes 15-20 feels an awful lot like sixteen zillion, am I right?) And when it takes so long to get your kiddos to eat a carrot, why would you want to start all over with broccoli?

I hear you. I've been there. And that's why you should burn your vegetables when cooking them.

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Kizingo EATS: Kale Chicken Meatballs (+ a new PARTNERSHIP)

Kizingo EATS: Kale Chicken Meatballs (+ a new PARTNERSHIP)

We are thrilled to introduce a partnership with Angelica, of The Peachee Pear, whose passion for healthy eating is right up our ally! 
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"Making healthy and nutritious foods for my family is a passion of mine. I love knowing that what I am serving them is nourishing and beneficial to their bodies. Especially in the aid of my daughter’s development as she grows up. 

"With that being said, Feeding a toddler can be a bit of a challenge. They go through so many changes and phases. One day a specific food may be their favorite and the next day they don’t want to have anything to do with it. Meal times can very easily become somewhat of a hassle and many times just plain frustrating ... "

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Kizingo EATS: Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Kizingo EATS: Curried Butternut Squash Soup

In our house, fall is time for apple picking, fires, spending a solid two months planning our Halloween costumes, and eating so much butternut squash that we swear we won't ever eat it again. (Until next fall rolls around, of course.)

This soup is full of Vitamin C, which can boost immune function, and lower likelihood of skin dryness and wrinkles (sweet!), Vitamin A, which is important for healthy eyesight, and potassium, which aids in regulating blood pressure. 

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blueberry avocado muffin recipe

Kizingo EATS: blueberry avocado muffins

We adore avocados around these parts. Mashed into guac, diced onto tacos or on top of scrambled eggs, smushed into taste and sprinkled with salt ... these are the more obvious ways avocados are consumed by the arm load each week.

Avocados are a power food. They are loaded with soluble and insoluble fiber which is great for healthy digestion, contain a component that has been shown to maintain cholesterol levels, and are full of healthy unsaturated fats which help keep brain cells communicating with one another. (Avocados make a great first (or second, or third!) finger food ... if you're at that stage with your little one).

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Kizingo EATS: cucumber quinoa salad

Kizingo EATS: cucumber quinoa salad

I don't know about you, but when it's hot outside the last thing I want to do is turn on my oven! So as the temperatures warm-up, I stay on the lookout for easy to prepare meals that can be eaten cold or at room temperature. We also love salads like this because they are a great way to encourage kids to try new foods. Deconstructable and flexible meals make taste-testing easier, and help kids learn to try new things without needing to eat a whole lot of something new.

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ecipe: pasta with beets and beet greens

Kizingo EATS: Pasta with Beets & Beet Greens

Are you making your weekend grocery list? Looking for a super easy meal to wow your weekend guests, or just get from stove to table in no time. Look no further! 

The star of this recipe: beets.

Yes. Beets.

Before you groan and click "back", hear me out.  Beets are incredible. They may not be as accessible as the carrot, exotic as the artichoke, or beautifully curvy as the eggplant, but beets have fabulous flavor and pack a nutritional punch (they are an excellent source of folate, manganese, potassium and fiber).

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