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HOW TO KEEP SCHOOL LUNCH SAFE

Back-to-school bootcamp marches on, and today I’m turning my lense on something a little less charming than bento boxes and more serious than veggie wraps: Food safety. Packing lunches is trickier than making other meals since they’re taken to go. They often sit in cloak rooms for hours before being cracked open, which adds the challenge of how […]

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BLUEBERRY BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE

Back-to-School Bootcamp continues and today it’s all about breakfast. With the lazy mornings of summer in the rear view mirror, it’s time to get your breakfast groove on. Ease and speed are everything when it comes to school day mornings, and few foods meet that criteria better than a smoothie. Problem is, a lot of them don’t […]

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AFGHAN BRAISED CHICKEN WITH CREAMY YOGURT SAUCE (LAWANG)

There’s no shortage of data to back up the benefits of sharing meals as a family. Most of us have heard it makes for happier, better adjusted, even more academically successful kids. Yet, supper sometimes gets the shaft. Schedules interfere, or we just get out of the habit and days pass without locking eyeballs over […]

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RETHINKING THE PHRASE “KID FRIENDLY”

I’ve been percolating the phrase, “kid friendly” of late. As in, “kid-friendly” menus, “kid-friendly” snacks, and “kid-friendly” drinks. It’s used widely in food marketing, applied to the sorts of foods that kids tend to gravitate towards. The translation, however, often lands within a small category that might otherwise be dubbed junk food.  Let me share a few […]

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SCHOOL LUNCH GEAR GUIDE

The second installation in my “back-to-school bootcamp” hones in on lunch box gear.  I can’t overstate how much easier it is to pull together school lunches when you’ve got your meal packing essentials stocked, organized, and in good working order.  Having written an entire book devoted to the subject of school lunch, I have road tested more than my fair […]

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LUNCH BOX VEGGIE WRAPS

Perhaps you’re sitting somewhere dreamy and exotic, your toes tucked into a bank of warm sand, still fully steeped in summer. But the school year lurks. For some of us, that first day is just a week away. Much as we might want to hide under a beach blanket, putting a bit of forethought towards school […]

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MY WEEK IN FOOD

This tomato tart was hands down the best thing I cooked this week. I hope to pull together a proper recipe for you at some point, but in the meantime, here’s how it went down: Roll out one puff pastry to the size of a cookie sheet. Spread tapenade in a thin layer over the […]

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PAN-SEARED SALMON WITH MANGO SALSA AND AVOCADO:
AN ANTI-INFLAMMATORY POWERHOUSE

This pretty plate of salmon is yet more proof that immensely delicious food can also be immensely good for you. Springboarding off the post I wrote last week about diet and inflammation, I challenged my dietetic intern, Leah Walton, to develop the ultimate anti-inflammatory recipe. She nailed it with this one. The rich, flavorful salmon pairs beautifully with sweet/tangy/just barely […]

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SO WHAT IS AN ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET, ANYWAY?

Inflammation. Anti-inflammatory diet. Pro-inflammatory foods. Inflammation cure. These buzz phrases are bandied about in reference to diet and health, but what do they really mean? In a nutshell, inflammation is the body’s reponse to injury, irritation, or foreign invaders. Consider what happens when you get a bee sting. The site of the sting grows red and swollen as […]

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MY WEEK IN FOOD

We had a special couple of weeks in food during a summer trip when we high tailed it to Greece (props to Mr. Mom’s Kitchen for earning all those frequent flier miles). Breakfast was always a highlight, starting with this barely sweet orange cake that showed up in the little guest house where we stayed. The house was part […]

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