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From baby foods to snacks for teens, find mealtime inspiration from our community cooks.

32 recipe submissions by the Mothering community.

Spanakopita

By Cathe Olson This delicious Greek pie will give you your daily dose of greens and more. It is very easy to make so you may want to make an extra to freeze. The Fillo Factory makes organic, vegan phyllo dough with no hydrogenated oils. It comes in unbleached white flour, spelt and whole wheat varieties and is available at many natural foods stores and supermarkets.2 teaspoons olive oil4 green onions, thinly sliced1 pound fresh spinach, washed and chopped (about 10 cups)2 eggs 1 teaspoon dried dill or 1 tablespoon fresh1 cup crumbled feta cheese (4 ounces) Black pepper... read more

Quinoa

By Cynthia Lair Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is a grain from the Andes Mountains of South America, where it was once a staple food of the Incas. It has a delicious light, nutty flavor. When cooked, the grains open up to form tiny spirals. Quinoa has a better protein value than most grains and is perfect for those who need more protein, such as pregnant or nursing mothers.1 cup quinoapinch sea salt1 3/4 cups waterRinse quinoa well with water and drain. Place rinsed quinoa, salt, and water in a 2-quart pan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to very low, cover, and let simmer... read more

Healthy Hamburger Skillet - Kid Approved

Providing your family healthy real-food meals may be an endless job, but it doesn’t have to be an expensive or time consuming one. This recipe was my reaction to the idea that “convenience” foods come pre-packaged or canned. It’s a healthy and delicious one-pan recipe that comes together in under half an hour. This is one of my kids’ favorite recipes and we make variations of it at least once a week. Its simplicity makes it appealing to moms and its fun colors and textures make it appealing to kids. The vegetables in place of noodles add some extra... read more

Choose your own Asian Adventure: from the $100/week Menu

Take your family to Southeast Asia for the evening Proudly presenting Asian noodle soup and salad rolls from our $100 weekly grocery challenge.  There were noodle soup shops all over Vientiane, Laos, where my husband and I met and later lived together. The shopkeepers served up massive, steaming bowls of pho (pronounced “fuh”), brimming with fragrant herbs just pulled from the earth. But being an almost-vegetarian (I eat fish and seafood), I missed out on the heavily beef based soup. Here’s a version we came up with to appeal to all preferences.... read more

Tempeh Tacos with Chipotle Cream

(Ward can run but he can’t hide) They’re gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian, and they happen to be downright yummy.  Bonus recipe because we’ve included Avocado Salsa too!  Perfect for Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday or What the Heck Am I Gonna Make Tonight Wednesday!  Print the recipe HERE.   About Cynthia Lair Cynthia Lair's web cooking show Cookus Interruptus brings humor to healthy family eating with over 160 recipe videos. Cynthia hails from Seattle, WA where she is assistant professor and culinary director at... read more

Sweet Potato Lime Salmon Cakes: from the $100/week Menu

A piece of (salmon) cake to make These zesty salmon cakes are another hit in our $100 weekly grocery menu. They’re delicious served with roasted potatoes or rice, or as burgers or sandwich filling. The kids love them (although maybe it’s because they contain the word “cake”). They like to help me form the cakes into different sizes (itty bitty ones for our 2 year old, big daddy sized ones for my husband). My 7 year old brings them to school for lunch the next day. SWEET POTATO LIME SALMON CAKES What you need: 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed 2 cans wild sockeye... read more

Mango Noodles: from the $100/week Menu

As promised, here is a star dish in our $100 a week grocery budget. I love knowing a recipe’s story, so I’ll mention that a near and dear friend made this for me back when it was one of the only dinners she could cook. She was many years away from becoming a mother, while I had just had my first baby. She served it with shredded chicken, but I include it here with crispy fried tofu – a very cost-effective protein. Sometimes we like it with sauteed shrimp. Over the years I’ve bulked it up with kale and carrot in an attempt to get more vegetables into my kids. Let... read more

Pan-fried Tofu and Collards with Cashew Ginger Drizzle

By Cynthia Lair This is a superb one-dish meal when served over udon or soba noodles, brown rice, or quinoa.1 pound firm tofu 1-2 tablespoons sesame oil1-2 large bunches collard greensMarinade3 cloves garlic, sliced4-5 slices (1/8 inch thick) fresh gingerroot1 cup water1 tablespoon brown-rice vinegar1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil 1/3 cup tamari or shoyuSauce1/4 cup creamy cashew butter2 teaspoons maple syrup2 tablespoons tamari or shoyu1 tablespoon brown-rice vinegar1 teaspoon grated gingerroot1-2 teaspoons hot pepper oil1/3 cup waterIn the morning, combine all... read more

Smoked Salmon Reuben

(Jane loses her gloves) Hands down the best comfort-food sandwich ever. The sauerkraut adds the magic. Use 100% rye if you’re going wheat-free. Pair this with Tomato Basil Soup. Mmm-good. For printable recipe click here. About Cynthia Lair Cynthia Lair's web cooking show Cookus Interruptus brings humor to healthy family eating with over 160 recipe videos. Cynthia hails from Seattle, WA where she is assistant professor and culinary director at Bastyr University, School of Natural Medicine. She is the author of... read more

Roasted Kabocha and Chicken in Chocolate Enchilada Sauce

(Steve needs a confidence boost) Deeply satisfying dish.  For our vegan friends, skip the chicken and replace with warm spiced pinto beans and the sauce we got going here.  You’re going to love this.  Click here for printable recipe.   About Cynthia Lair Cynthia Lair's web cooking show Cookus Interruptus brings humor to healthy family eating with over 160 recipe videos. Cynthia hails from Seattle, WA where she is assistant professor and culinary director at Bastyr University, School of Natural Medicine. She is the... read more

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