Meal Planning

A Family That Eats Together: Butternut Squash Risotto

October 20, 2014

butternut squash risottoMarin Mommies presents this week's guest recipe from Nicole Cibellis, Marin mom and author of the blog A Family that Eats Together, where she shares meal plans and recipes that will please foodies and children alike.

Finding Butternut Squash puree in the freezer section at the grocery store last week was like finding gold. I don’t know why I never knew about it but, boy am I happy I found it

In our house butternut squash might be one of the most adored veggies. We love it in ravioli, pasta, soups, and alone as a side dish. One of our favorite comfort foods is risotto and I am always looking for ways to make it as healthy as possible so when I found the butternut squash puree in the freezer section, I knew exactly what to do with it.

Get Your Family to Eat Healthy With the 52 New Foods Challenge by Jennifer Tyler Lee

October 14, 2014

The 52 New Foods ChallengeIn many families—ours included—it can be a challenge to get kids to eat healthy. While our kids aren't particularly picky eaters, they do gravitate toward the kid staples like mac-and-cheese and pizza, but that all changes if we get them involved in the kitchen to try new things. That's also the premise behind the new book The 52 New Foods Challenge (336 pages, Avery, 2014; $20) by local San Francisco Bay Area author Jennifer Tyler Lee.

In this welcome addition to any parent's kitchen library, Lee offers a guide to getting kids to eat fresh, healthy, seasonal food by experiencing cooking adventures like exploring the farmers' market, growing food in the backyard, and of course making fun, delicious recipes together. This week-by-week guide features over 150 recipes and activities designed to inspire your kids' creativity and build confidence in the kitchen.

Fresh Healthy Family Meals from Pernilla's Pantry

October 6, 2014

Pernilla's PantrySometimes I find myself making the same things over and over again for dinner, or grabbing takeout more often than I probably should. That's why I was so interested in Pernilla's Pantry, a mom-run business here in Marin that offers creative healthy meals for busy families.

Pernilla's Pantry is a little different from other meal delivery services in that the food is not prepared for you in advance. Instead, you get a recipe cards and all the ingredients that you need to make four fantastic family meals for the week. Pernilla's Pantry was created by Pernilla, a Marin mom and Swedish native who loves to share her passion for food and good cooking with others.

We had the opportunity to try out a week's worth of meals from Pernilla's Pantry recently, and we were all very impressed! Here's how it works: log in to the Pernilla's Pantry website and choose your meals for the week. You can also choose to order dinner for two or a family of four. During our week we had grilled salmon with orzo and brocollini; roasted chicken with creamy broccoli slaw; tomato, olive, and spinach pasta; and pork tenderloin with snap pea salad.

Pasta with Italian Sausage, Cherry Tomatoes and Eggplant

September 15, 2014

Marin Mommies presents this week's guest recipe from Nicole Cibellis, Marin mom and author of the blog A Family that Eats Together, where she shares meal plans and recipes that will please foodies and children alike.

At first bite, my son turned to me and said, “This is sooo yummy!”- a resounding approval that I don’t hear very often unless he is really impressed. He even asked that he have it in his lunch. So you have heard it from the mouth of babes… not only is this dish perfect for a family dinner but for lunch too!

Servings: 6-8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS

A Family That Eats Together: Chicken Pot Pie

September 8, 2014

Chicken pot pieMarin Mommies presents this week's guest recipe from Nicole Cibellis, Marin mom and author of the blog A Family that Eats Together, where she shares meal plans and recipes that will please foodies and children alike.

I have fond memories of chicken pot pie as a child. My mom would buy them from this fabulous bakery when she didn't have time to cook after work. There was something about getting my own individual pie that was so exciting and comforting to me as a kid. I have spent many years perfecting this recipe while also making it a more contemporary take on chicken pot pie with fresh organic ingredients. Make this as a whole pie or follow my recipe for four individual pies. Just use 4-inch ramekins or mini pie dishes.

Servings: 4 individual pies
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

Farmer’s Market Fettuccine

August 25, 2014

Marin Mommies presents this week's guest recipe from Nicole Cibellis, Marin mom and author of the blog A Family that Eats Together, where she shares meal plans and recipes that will please foodies and children alike.

With the continued bounty of my neighbor’s gardens and my own, I have been looking for new ways to eat all our succulent summer vegetables. This is a quick and easy raw summer pasta dish which can be easily adapted to fit children’s finicky palates. Just modify the recipe using vegetables that they like the best. In this recipe, I use a vegetable peeler to cut the zucchini into extra thin ribbons, which makes it fun for my son and mixes in nicely with the pasta.

Servings: 4–6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

Building a Fun Lunch Box: Chicken Teriyaki Skewers

August 12, 2014

teriyaki skewersMarin Mommies presents this week's guest recipe from Nicole Cibellis, Marin mom and author of the blog A Family that Eats Together, where she shares meal plans and recipes that will please foodies and children alike.

I haven’t met a kid yet who doesn’t love the sweet and salty taste of teriyaki. So, this week, we will focus on an Asian inspired lunch box with fun to eat and dip skewers, sweet and tangy fruit and salty Japanese rice sticks. To make your life easy, make the chicken using my Ginger Soy Chicken Thigh recipe the day before and eat it for dinner while reserving some as leftovers for the next day’s lunch. Both parents and kids will love this lunch the next day.

Lunch Box Fixings

Chicken-Spinach Burgers

August 4, 2014

Chicken-spinach burgerMarin Mommies presents this week's guest recipe from Nicole Cibellis, Marin mom and author of the blog A Family that Eats Together, where she shares meal plans and recipes that will please foodies and children alike.

These burgers really pack a punch with big flavors and healthy ingredients. They are a nice change from the same old beef burger and great for summer barbeques. If you can’t find ground chicken substitute ground turkey.

Servings: 4
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 12 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground chicken (I prefer thigh meat but breast meat is also fine)
  • 2 cups baby spinach

A Family That Eats Together: Grilled Pizza

July 28, 2014

Grilled pizzaMarin Mommies presents this week's guest recipe from Nicole Cibellis, Marin mom and author of the blog A Family that Eats Together, where she shares meal plans and recipes that will please foodies and children alike.

If you have tried grilled pizza then you know how good it can be. It is most similar to a wood-fired pizza. If not, I bet you worry about things like the dough slipping through the grates or think it is too complicated. We love pizza year around in our house and I hate to cook at super high temperatures in the kitchen on hot days, which is why I took to grilling our pizza outside. Follow the below essential tips, which will make grilling pizza so much easier.

Tips:

  1. Make sure that the dough you buy is room temperature if not a little warm. The warmer it is the more pliable it will be to shape into a round.
  2. Have a pizza peel and tongs at the ready.
  3. Use semolina flour to flour the pizza peel. It makes the dough slip right off.
  4. Have all your ingredients ready and at the side of your grill.
  5. Oil the grill grates with a soaked paper towel. Use the tongs to hold the paper towel when oiling the grates.
  6. Make sure your grill is very hot. Ideally hotter than 450ºF. But make sure it is not flaming as it will quickly burn the dough.
  7. Make sure your grill grates are clean and free of debris.
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