My weekly food tips on OpenDaily

OpenDaily is a new neighborhood blog, started by my friend Sarah Auerswald(of MarVistaMom fame) , James Brennan, and John Ayers.  It features local news, family events, community action, and (here’s where I come in), expert advice.  Sarah has invited me to share a weekly food tip, to be posted every Thursday, for the next six weeks.  I gladly accepted.

So without further ado, this week’s food tip:

Tip number one:
Cook more meals at home.  Along with all your other New Year’s resolutions, vow to cook more at home.  Start with once a week and add more as you go.  Plan ahead, stock your pantry, and ask a family member to lend a hand.  If you are feeling uninspired, pull out a cookbook, check out a new food blog, or head to the farmers market to see what’s fresh.  No time?  Pull out that crock pot you got for a wedding present years ago and fill it before heading off to work.  When you get home, dinner will already be done!  Not only will you be saving money and eating healthier, you will also be spending more quality family time and giving your children healthier eating habits.  You’d be surprised, they might even try something new!

Links to recipe ideas found on this blog:

crockpot recipes

one-pot easy meals

fast and easy kid-friendly dinner

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3 Comments on “My weekly food tips on OpenDaily”

  1. January 26, 2010 at 3:34 pm #

    When my 3 kids were little, I “asked” each of them to be my 10-minute Kitchen Helper, rotating through so it was always me and one child. It gave me a chance to spend quality time each one and they got to choose their task (prep, clean-up, serving, etc). Now that they are grown, all three children cook most of their own meals (healthy, creative, delicious) and one of them is a chef in a Kyoto Tapas Bar. Coincidence? I think not.

  2. janice
    January 26, 2010 at 3:52 pm #

    I’ve been searching for food my 4-year old grandson will eat. He is not a snacker. He likes MacDonald’s cheese burgers and kraft macaroni and cheese. My friend made a octoups out of a hotdog – he thought that was fun and ate it. Do you have any cute fruit or vegie ideas? If it is fun, he may be interested. I did make a p-nut butter sandwich using a biscuit cutter to make it round without crust. He ate it. Help please

    • melissadavisfood
      January 27, 2010 at 11:44 am #

      Thanks for stopping by Janice!
      4 year olds can be tough. I would try to make a game out of it. Engage him in the preparing and cooking. Maybe you start with what you know he likes-cheese. You could make mini pizzas together out of an english muffin(recipe under kid friendly meals), try making an oven quesadilla(shredded cheese on a tortilla baked in the oven), or grilled cheese. From there you can add toppings or start cooking new things. He will be having so much fun, he won’t even realize he’s eating something new.

      Things cut out with cookie cutters is a great start.
      Finger foods are a hit with that age. You could make a complete and healthy meal out of it.
      -Cut veggies into little sticks(adding new ones like cucumber, cherry tomatoes, green beans)
      -a little bowl of crackers or cut bread/tortilla
      -a bowl of something to dip, such as peanut butter, yogurt, or hummus. (Avoid using ranch dip, as there is very little nutritional value.)
      -cut fruit(think fun:melon balls, kiwi wedges, canned oranges, grapes,etc)
      -meat and cheese kebabs or rolls
      Try using fun little dishes and using lots of color. If possible, give him a toothpick for dipping the food.

      Head to the library and check out a kid cookbook together and get some ideas. Let him pick out something he wants to make.
      If possible, avoid fast food. He is learning dietary lessons he will carry through the rest of his life. Giving him the gift of healthy eating habits is priceless and so worth the extra effort.

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