Thursday, December 1, 2016

Pumpkin Quesadillas

Photo courtesy of Purple Asparagus

We asked Melissa Graham (who has made helping kids eat better her life's work), why she thinks healthy eating is so important. It's a topic so near and dear to our hearts as well, and yet one that seems elusive and challenging for many folks these days. Here's what she had to say...

Monday, November 21, 2016

Pear Bloomy Cheese Toasts

Keeping the crowd fed while you're putting the finishing touches on the holiday meal is key. These toasts are perfect for taking the edge off, and come together easily. Simple in preparation, but with a sweet savory combo will make your taste buds jump with joy.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes + Combating the Holiday Sugar Blues

Photo courtesy of Healthy Jasmine

How much sugar are you or your child consuming every day? And how much do you think is coming from "healthy" foods? We're thrilled to welcome this guest post by Jasmine Jafferali, Lifestyle & Wellness Consultant, about the evils of sugar and how much of it lurks where you might least expect!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

"Fly the W" French Onion Dip

I am not a big sports fan. But I've lived in Chicago for almost 20 years, so at this point I think it's safe to call myself a Chicagoan. And right now, as a Chicagoan, I would LOVE to see the Cubs win the world series! It's hard not to care when you see how much and how deeply other people do. I want the win not for myself, but for the Cubs and their diehard fans who have been dreaming of this since they can remember. And it would be pretty mind-blowing if Back to the Future's prediction of a Cubs World Series win was only off by one year!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Roasted Butternut Squash with Onions & Goat Cheese

We all know that eating right is important. But what if you're doing everything "right" and something still seems off? Food intolerance could be the culprit. Learn more about this increasingly hot topic from Dr. Sarah Weber, Chiropractor and Loomis Digestive Health Specialist - plus enjoy a scrumptiously seasonal recipe!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Black Bean Brown Rice Burritos

One night, years ago, I was doing my dinner dishes at 11pm on a weeknight. And I wondered what had happened to my life. I had somehow become a short order cook. I didn't mean to, it just happened. Some combination of the weeknight time crunch, my then-5-year old's picky tendencies, and my lack of energy to argue with him about it. So I would make an easy meal for the kids (think chicken nuggets, frozen pizza, or boxed mac n' cheese, with some veggies and fruit on the side). After they went to bed, I would do the dishes, and make dinner for myself. Then round two of dishes. I had to take back my life!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Apple Pizza

Are mealtimes a battleground in your home? Is your child just a "picky" eater, or could there be something more going on? Read on for insight into this question and a deliciously easy Apple Pizza recipe from Risa Nasatir, a certified licensed speech language pathologist.

Did you know that it takes 14 times to try a new food before one can say that they truly don’t like it? This is one of the things I tell both parents and children when they start any type of feeding therapy. Almost everyone has been around a “picky” eater, but what is really going on? Once medical issues have been ruled out, picky eating usually stems from either a behavioral difficulty, an oral motor challenge, a sensory challenge or a combination of these areas.

Photo courtesy of Risa Nasatir

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Apple Crumb Cake

Getting kids in the kitchen is what we're all about at The Kids' Table. The benefits of cooking with your kids are many. You're teaching them a basic life skill, spending quality time together, giving kids a sense of ownership and accomplishment, and perhaps best of all, engaging them around food in a positive way. A healthy, fun relationship with food coupled with a sense of pride about their creations can help kids make better food choices.