A Make-Your-Own Kale Salad Bar + Why Kids Will Love Digging In!

Getting kids to try new foods—even kale—is easy if you (a) involve them in the preparation process and (b) give them lots of choice.

Kids eating kale salad via MealMakeoverMoms.com/kitchen

I work with a program in Lexington, MA called Kids Cooking Green, and last month during this preschool class, the kids made a kale salad, which they happily ate.

Kids making kale salad by massaging in olive oil via MealMakeoverMoms.com/kitchen

The trick to our kale salad success?: The kids got to (a) get messy by massaging olive oil into the kale leaves (this makes the fibrous leaves more tender) and (b) choose from a number of toppings including hard-cooked eggs, goat cheese, and sliced veggies. And yes, the kids scrubbed their hands first, and yes, evoo smells great ;)

Make Your Own Kale Salad Bar via MealMakeoverMoms.com/kitchen

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How to Make my Nana’s Steamed Plum (Christmas) Pudding for the Holidays


Learn how to make an old-fashioned Steamed Christmas Pudding, or Plum Pudding as my nana used to call it, for the holiday season! This month’s Recipe Redux challenge was the following: “Please share one of your favorite food memories and the healthier “redo” of the recipe.” This was an easy decision. Every year my beloved [more]

Tabbouleh with the Works + a Recap of the Whole Grains: Breaking Barriers Conference

Tabbouleh with the Works via MealMakeoverMoms.com/kitchen #WholeGrains #bulgur #vegetarian

This simple tabbouleh side dish is made with bulgur wheat, parsley, chickpeas, dried cranberries, and juicy tomatoes, and it’s bursting with fresh flavors and filling fiber. When you hear the words, “whole grains,” what foods come to mind? Whole wheat bread? Whole wheat pasta? Brown rice? Nutritious whole grains do, in fact, include wheat, but there [more]

Healthy Vegetable Side Dishes for Thanksgiving: A Recipe Roundup

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes from dietitians via MealMakeoverMoms.com/kitchen

If you asked a group of registered dietitians (especially dietitians who also write food blogs) what they’re making for Thanksgiving dinner, chances are, they’d all say … The vegetable side dish. Thats’s what we’d say! Dietitians love vegetables—that’s pretty obvious!—and Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to show off the freshest produce of the [more]

How to Make Cauliflower Steak + Cauliflower Steaks with White Beans

How to Make Cauliflower Steaks & a recipe for Cauliflower Steaks with White Beans via MealMakeoverMoms.com/kitchen #vegetarian

Have you ever wondered how restaurant chefs take cauliflower and turn it into “steaks?” It’s easy, and in this post I’ll show you how! I’ll also serve up a protein-rich, vegetarian recipe for Cauliflower Steaks with White Beans that you and your kids will LOVE.  It may seem complicated, but with a cutting board, a [more]

Food & Nutrition Adventures in Atlanta at FNCE 2014

Liz and I both attended the annual Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Atlanta earlier this month, and we dish about our experiences on this week’s Cooking with the Moms podcast. Liz shared the highlights of her trip in an earlier blog post, and now it’s [more]

How to Make a Halloween Vegetable Skeleton + a Recipe for Rainbow Vegetable Dip

Vegetable Skeleton for Halloween via MealMakeoverMoms.com/kitchen #Halloween #Vegetable #skeleton #dip

For a healthy classroom or party treat, create a Halloween skeleton made with crunchy vegetables, and serve it with our Rainbow Vegetable Dip. And then watch the kids eat lots and lots of vegetables!  Why serve Halloween candy in the classroom or at a pre trick-or-treat party when the kids can munch and crunch their [more]

Food & Nutrition Trends and Adventures at FNCE 2014

FNCE Wrap Up via MealMakeoverMoms.com/kitchen

It’s been one week since my return from the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE) in Atlanta, and I’m still trying to dig my way out from under a GIANT pile of unread emails. (Some things never change!) My conference began with a food photography workshop for dietitians that I helped teach. You can [more]

Tips for Editing Beautiful Food Photos on Your Smart Phone (Part 2)

How to Edit Food Photos on Your Smart Phone via @MealMakeoverMoms.com/kitchen #Snapseed #Smartphonography

I have a lot of apps on my iPhone 5s, but the one I turn to the most is Snapseed, a fun photo editing app that I use to improve my food photos. This app crops, straightens, brightens, saturates, adjusts the white balance, and a whole lot more. It turns my food photos from drab to delicious [more]