Cooking with Kids

6 Dinner Strategies for Parents Short on Time — Dinner with Kids

If there were ever an award worthy of giving a parent, it would be for one feat: delivering a nutritious meal to the table on time. That's especially true for me, given my 90-minute commute home from work, two children (a 3-week-old and 3-year-old) and a wife who does plenty else besides also taking on the cooking duties.

Over the years, I've developed a number of strategies to get a good dinner on the table. Here's how I do it.

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5 Supermarket Shortcuts I Started Buying After Having a Baby — Dinner with Kids

I used to be one of those people. I didn't just make homemade chicken stock — I roasted chicken bones until fragrant, then gave them a long, slow bath. I didn't toss stuff in a slow cooker — I sautéed and seared first, in the sincere belief it made a difference.

And then I had a baby.

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A Week of Dinners: Erin Alderson of Naturally Ella — A Week of Dinners

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Welcome to Kitchn's new series A Week of Dinners where we show you how people put dinner on the table for their family, thanks to the five weeknight recipes they rely on.

Erin Alderson, one of our favorite bloggers, lives in Sacramento, California, with her husband, Mike, and their 2-year-old son, Mack. She's the mastermind behind the gorgeous vegetarian food blog, Naturally Ella, and she also has her own business, Grove Haus Studio. She is the author of two cookbooks (The Easy Vegetarian Kitchen and The Homemade Flour Cookbook) and is currently working on a third. Oh, and she's also developed a bunch of awesome recipes for Kitchn (which you obviously need to check out.) When she's not puttering around in her kitchen or playing with her camera, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and drinking lots of coffee.

Today Erin is going to let us in on her strategy for weeknight vegetarian cooking, how she works around the different diets in her household, and the five recipes that help her put dinner on the table.

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Recipe: 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Fruit Dip — 3-Ingredient Recipes

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Here's the quickest and easiest way to jazz up fresh fruit. Whisk Greek yogurt, peanut butter, and the sweetener of your choice — be it honey, maple syrup, or agave — together and you've got a creamy dip for apple and banana slices, strawberries, and more. It's not only an extra-fun way to eat fresh fruit, but it also adds some protein to the snack, rounding it out and making it one that's sure to keep anybody's stomach from rumbling until the next meal rolls around.

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Seattle Chef Rachel Yang Talks About Being a Mom & Kid Food — Meet the Locals: Seattle

Rachel Yang has become a household name in Seattle food circles and beyond. Together with her husband and business partner, Seif Chirchi, she has three restaurants in Seattle and a fourth in Portland. Their first restaurant, Joule, earned the pair a James Beard nomination and a nod from Bon Appetit (the magazine ranked the Korean steakhouse #9 on its annual Best Restaurant in America in 2013). Frank Bruni featured the asparagus rice bowl at Revel on The Best Thing I Ever Ate, and Trove — a four-in-one restaurant, complete with a frozen custard stand — is no small feat (which is to say, incredibly impressive).

But whether people are talking about eating her Korean-inspired rice bowls on the breezy porch at Revel or comparing noodle favorites from the bright noodle bar at Trove, there's something they might not realize: While she and Seif are building a successful restaurant empire, they're also raising two adorable boys, Pike and Rye.

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10 Easy Dinners the Kids Can Make Themselves — Recipes from The Kitchn

Add a "the kids are cooking" night to the meal plan for the week and everyone wins. Not only is it fun for your kids to get their hands dirty and cook up something for dinner, but it also gives you a break for the evening. These 10 recipes are easy and tasty crowd-pleasers, so everyone at the table will definitely approve.

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