I’m Sam, a veteran home cook and food blogger. I have a passion for cooking easy, elegant dishes, and plating them beautifully.
And now I have a 1 year old.
And a full-time “day” job.
But I still believe you can cook from your heart without losing your head.
Cooking for kids is serious business and I know as well as anybody that in the real world, you gotta get in, get out and get serving before your tiny critic loses their cool. That’s why this isn’t going to be the place where you find your most impressive pinterest food projects or an inordinate amount of child-friendly chia puddings in adorable, frosted mason jars (not that there’s anything wrong with that!).
What will you find?
Real and healthy food that kids love, and that you can make in minutes (Usually under 20 minutes at most).
This site is dedicated to sharing the kids meals that work for me – and to my belief that there should be no great divide between “adult food” and “kid food,” except for perhaps how we present it. Food preferences develop from an early age (even in utero and through breastmilk), so it’s important to me that my son experience a wide variety of fresh, minimally processed foods as he builds what I hope will be an adventurous palate.
I am not a nutritionist or toddler expert, but I know a thing or two about creating healthy meals that taste as good as they look.
If you wouldn’t eat it, why would they?
I’m also a realist. There are days where even your most well thought out toddler meal will end up on the floor.
And that’s OK.
In fact, you may even enjoy the leftovers yourself! Kids are fickle and moody creatures (just like adults!). Their favorite meal for a week is their worst nightmare the next. Then again, if someone gave you the same dinner for days in a row, you might want to chuck it at the wall too! For this reason, I encourage you to adapt my recipes to your own child’s taste, and most of all, be gently persistent. Just because a food is rejected once or twice (or 10 times!) does not mean it’s off limits forever. These kinds of assumptions coupled with our own thoughts around eating can color our kids’ food attitudes for life.
But no pressure! Mmkay? 🙂
Finally, none of my blogs are meant to be aspirational – I believe in ACHIEVABLE. Pick and choose which methods fit within your lifestyle, and please – do so without guilt. All-organic works for you? Wonderful! If not, there are still many positive changes you can make in how you feed your family. Serving them less pre-packaged food is a fabulous way to start. I hope to help you in this quest by presenting meals and snacks from scratch, most of which can be ready in minutes.
A note about Organics:
Though I am not fanatical about it, I try to use mostly organic ingredients. Within my recipes, I’ll often note the brands that I prefer, for your reference. I recognize that the organic lifestyle is not possible for everyone – at least not yet. It is more expensive but the longterm benefits are great. I’d rather cut my family’s budget in other areas to make room for higher food cost, but we don’t all have the luxury of such choices. And even if you are able to make the investment, you may be limited by what’s available at your supermarket (thankfully, this is changing).
Choosing organic more often for meats and dairy is a good move, and I also recommend adding several vegetarian dishes and one fish meal to your weekly rotation. Speaking of fruits and vegetables, review “The Dirty Dozen” for a list of which items are really worth purchasing organic. Also, a good veggie or fruit wash *may* help lessen pesticides and bacteria (here’s another DIY method). One thing that’s definitely free – information, and that in itself can be so powerful to everyday consumers like you and me. To this end, I’ll look forward to sharing links to some of the invaluable nutrition and clean-eating sites that inform my cooking.
Whatever you do, be sure to have fun with it and let me know if you have questions or feedback! I love to hear from readers, and would especially enjoy learning about your own favorite meals to serve your little ones.
Happy eating to you and yours!