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578 recipe submissions by the Mothering community.

Homemade & Hands-On Lessons!

Thank you to The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine and Lisa Barthuly for this guest post. What preschooler doesn’t love to get “hands-on”? Enjoy these fun and frugal recipes together for some old-fashioned learning! Homemade Play Doh 1/2 cup flour 1/4 cup salt 1/2 cup water 1/2 tablespoon oil 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar A few drops of food coloring to get the colors/shades you want Mix all but the last ingredient in a small saucepan. Cook over very low heat until it turns into a dough (it’ll take just a few minutes).... read more

The Benefits of Making Yogurt a Part of Your Family's Diet

Sponsored Content Making yogurt a part of your family’s diet is a surprisingly simple way to pack in essential nutrients and give your whole family the healthy boost they need to keep going strong. Here are just a few reasons why we know that you’ll love adding this super food to any meal or snack time. Yogurt is a superbly convenient solution for busy families. Combining wholesome nutrition with the ease of a grab and go snack, yogurt makes healthy eating simple. It can be purchased right along with other dairy items when shopping, and is easily found in large tubs or... read more

10 Solutions for a Healthier Lunchbox

Sponsored Content As parents, we know that providing a healthy lunch is a vital part of a positive school experience. Here are ten simple solutions for packing a lunch you’ll feel great about. 1. Include Lean Protein: Lean protein is the perfect start to a healthy lunch. Protein provides the essential amino acids our bodies need to stay energized, focused, and satiated. Protein can be found in a variety of lunchbox friendly and children acceptable forms ranging from dairy, to meat, to legumes. Low fat yogurt and part skim string cheese go over well with children... read more

Eating Local: Simple Tips for Families

Thank you to James Kim from Food on the Table for this guest post. Eating local aids the environment by preserving farmland and minimizing air pollution while also providing you with more nutritious and fresher eats. So how can you go local in your meal planning? Here are some ways to get started. Farmers’ Markets Plain and simple: shop at a farmers’ market. Here, you can ask the person who has nurtured, grown, and harvested your food anything you want to know. You can ask about fertilizers, pesticides (if any), and farming techniques (do they... read more

Reality Check: One Tired Mom Responds

  By Gretchen Reynolds How many parents, especially those with full-time jobs, really have the time to make baby’s food? Let’s find out. A carefully designed scientific survey of the four other working moms in my toddler’s play group produced the following responses: "Yeah, right," "You must be joking," "Make what?" and "Has my mother been complaining to you?" At a time when many working parents (the author included) can barely muster enough energy at dinnertime to order Chinese take-out, cooking, pureeing, and serving homemade meals for our babies can seem... read more

The Dirty Dozen: What Fruits and Veggies Contain the Most Pesticides?

From “EWG’S 2011 Shopper’s Guide Helps Cut Consumer Pesticide Exposure,” released June 13, 2011. Environmental Working Group has released the seventh edition of its Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce with updated information on 53 fruits and vegetables and their total pesticide loads. EWG highlights the worst offenders with its “Dirty Dozen” list and the cleanest conventional produce with its “Clean 15” list. Analysts at EWG synthesized data collected from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration from 2000 to 2009.... read more

Fried Tofu Slices with Cashew Sauce

Crispy tofu with a blast of cashew sauce - a great summer supper!!2 really large slices of tofu1 red pepperA handful of cashew nuts2 cloves of garlic2 dessertspoons of soy sauce1 dessertspoon of lemon juiceA few sprigs of green coriander (cilantro)Olive Oil1 cup of waterA pinch of chilli powder Crush the garlic and mix with the soy sauce and lemon juice. Coat the tofu slices with the mixture and leave them to marinate while you pound the cashew nuts and chop the pepper very finely. Add the chilli powder, finely chopped pepper and roughly chopped coriander to the... read more

Peach Parfait

By By Cheryl Tallman and Joan Ahlers Parfaits are a bit old fashioned, but still lots of fun. This is great as a mid-morning treat or a snack-on-the go.1 peach, peeled and pitted2 crushed graham cracker squares¼ cup of vanilla or plain yogurt (soy or dairy-basedPuree to the peach in a blender until smooth (for older kids, you can use diced peaches). Layer the ingredients in the cup - peaches, yogurt, graham cracker, yogurt, peaches, yogurt and graham crackers - voila! Age to introduce: Over 12 months Storage: Refrigerate for a few hours. read more

Pregnancy Pick Me Up

This is a great drink for relieving morning sickness and helps to restore the body’s balance after vomiting or diarrhea. It also helps keep electrolytes high and is good to drink during labor.1/3 cup lemon juice1 teaspoon salt1 crushed dolomite (calcium/magnesium carbonate) tabletPour over ice and sip slowly. Stir in enough water to make 1 quart of solution A variation: For those who experience low blood sugar, which may contribute to extreme nausea in pregnancy, try this simple drink. 1 teaspoon honey1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar Stir into a glass of warm... read more

Banana Popsicles

By Sarah Kamrath1 Banana Plain yogurt Granola Cut banana in half. Stick popsicle stick in end. Coat with yogurt. Sprinkle on granola. Place in freezer. read more

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