Tag: kids and food

Comforting, Cheap and Kid-Friendly: Half-the-Meat Tamale Pie

Comforting, Cheap and Kid-Friendly: Half-the-Meat Tamale Pie

Here’s my Half-the-Meat Tamale Pie recipe. Unlike other similar casseroles, this one uses only a half-pound of meat (either beef or turkey is fine) plus two cups of whole beans. This makes it not only more heart healthy, but also incredibly inexpensive. The entire dinner for four to six people costs about $10 to make and includes fresh vegetables like Anaheim peppers and whole kernels of corn. It’s also a dish my children love, and I have to say that although I wouldn’t have made this dish in my 20s, I am rather fond of it now.

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Kicking the Kids’ Menu Habit

Kicking the Kids’ Menu Habit

It seems that the idea of the limited and inexpensive kid menu has been adopted by not only by the chains, but also small independent places and even some high-end restaurants. And although some of these places offer decent dining options for children, most kid menus are limited to chicken fingers, mac and cheese (from a box), grilled cheese, and frozen pizza. It’s tempting to order one of these options when the price of an entrée is often two to three times more than that slice of kid pizza the boy at the next table is eating. As tempting as it may be to just order a couple of kid plates for my daughters, however, I try to resist. I am not advocating purchasing $20 entrées for your kids (unless you don’t mind paying that much and your kids will eat them). Rather I suggest exploring some other ways to get your children to eat “real” food when dining out.

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Baby Steps…

Baby Steps…

| June 2, 2009 | 0 Comments

I have been in Southern California for about a week. I am here for some work obligations, and also to “babysit” two boys. The boys are 11 and 14, and they are like little brothers to me. I’ve known them since they were born, and we all truly enjoy hanging out together. I convinced Jack, the oldest, that my name was “Cool Jen” when I was a baby, and the name has stuck. Even as young men, they still introduce me to their friends as Cool Jen.

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The Doritos Dilemma: Giving Kids Junk Food

The Doritos Dilemma: Giving Kids Junk Food

I have a confession to make. For a couple of weeks in April, I allowed my daughters to place a little bag of Doritos in their lunch boxes. Many people will think I’m ridiculous for feeling this is something to confess to, but I know a lot of you out there struggle with the same […]

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