Food and Recipes

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Ideas from Care.com for school lunch boxes, family dinners, kid-friendly recipes and banishing those picky eaters in your home.
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Mark Bittman, cookbook author and self-trained chef, wrote in the New York Times that healthier eating happens when people eat real food. And by real food, he means meals that do not come from a box or...
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Having a child with food allergies is a scary, often overwhelming experience, especially when those allergies are life-threatening. It can also be very isolating.  Just ask the parents of an Edgewater,...
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It's an age-old battle: Moms want kids to eat more veggies.  Kids want to eat, well, anything else.  "Don't give up!  Keep offering veggies," says Jeanne Muchnick, mom to two girls and...
Child Nutrition and Eating Habits
We've all been there. And many of us still are. No matter how many times we swore (to ourselves and everyone around us) that our kids will be different, that our kids will eat everything, the inevitable...
For mom Jennifer Schwartz of Granger, Indiana, the road to developing healthy eating habits for her two daughters, 9 and 10, involves small but steady steps. She's trying to lead the way and model...
Halloween is all about the candy, right? While that may be true, it's still important to remember that too much of a good thing is, well, not such a good thing. Here are nine tips from Mimi Wu,...
Only twelve out of 3,000 kids' meal combos at 8 fast-food chains are healthy, according to recent research from Yale's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. As a mom, I'm not surprised....
You can't give children the foods they should be eating if you don't know what those foods are. Review the revised food pyramid, which tells you what foods -- and how much of them -- children need...
Having a child with food allergies is a scary, often overwhelming experience, especially when those allergies are life-threatening. It can also be very isolating.  Just ask the parents of an Edgewater,...
It's an age-old battle: Moms want kids to eat more veggies.  Kids want to eat, well, anything else.  "Don't give up!  Keep offering veggies," says Jeanne Muchnick, mom to two girls and...
Everyday Meal and Snack Ideas
We're always trying to learn new ways to help keep our children healthy, strong and prepared to face the day. But between work, carpools, ballet practice and bedtime, preparing meals for lunch that...
When kids come home from school, what's the first thing you hear? I love you? I missed you? Nope. You get: I'm hungry! Here are three easy recipes for yummy and nutritious after-school snacks that will...
You've got the adorable lunch box. Now, what do you put in it? Day after day. Week after week. Here are four quick, healthy -- and yummy lunch recipes your kids will enjoy seeing in the middle of...
Mornings are hard enough: Throwing the alarm clock across the room, getting out of bed, putting on (somewhat clean) clothes and opening your eyes enough to drive the kids to school. And then there's...
With chicken nuggets and plain pasta just a button on the microwave away, expanding your child's palette can be a challenge. Being a parent is a thrilling roller coaster ride filled with uphill battles...
Packing school lunches is really a microcosm of parenting - you could go straight down the path of least resistance, and fill the lunchbox up with pre-packaged foods that require no preparation whatsoever,...
Here at Care.com, we often find that the best way to an employee's heart is through baked goods. Care.com decided to put its employees to the test by having them whip up some of their favorite recipes....
When First Lady Michelle Obama and the USDA wanted to raise the healthy standards associated with the National School Lunch Program, they had effectively enacted the first revisions in 15 years. These...
Meal planning, although not always easy when families have busy schedules, is essential when trying to eat healthfully. You need to have the proper ingredients on hand in order to creating mouth-watering...
Mark Bittman, cookbook author and self-trained chef, wrote in the New York Times that healthier eating happens when people eat real food. And by real food, he means meals that do not come from a box or...
Food for Birthdays, Holidays and Special Occasions
On the surface, planning a child's birthday party food menu seems like an easy task, but as many parents and experts will tell you, choosing the right food can get tricky. This is perhaps one of the...
Satisfy your child's sweet tooth with these surprisingly delicious and healthy birthday cake recipes. A fun, delicious birthday cake is something every kid looks forward to, but how can you keep...
No matter what kind of birthday party you're throwing, there's a cake to go with it. Your kids will also get a kick out of a birthday cake that reflects what they love -- whether it be cheeseburgers,...
The Fourth of July means fireworks, parades and red, white and blue everything! These yummy and festive desserts make a great end to a day of grilling and celebrating. The best part? The recipes are so...
Ghosts, goblins and...Angry Birds - oh my! Once school gets back in session, kids' thoughts quickly turn to their next big day: Halloween. But we all know it's not just about the costume. It's the spooky...
The holidays are a wonderful time for family gatherings, fun traditions, and great food. We bend over backwards to make sure our kids will eat dinner and enjoy it, but we don't always have to make...
Hosting holiday dinners is stressful. Throw in a picky eater or two? Consider that, mission impossible. Fret no more. We at Care.com turned to the experts for their favorite kid-friendly holiday recipes...
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