Weeknight Meals

Celebrate Valentine’s Day: Stay Home With the Ones Who Love You Most

Surely, you’re not thinking of going out on Valentine’s Day. Babysitters and decent reservations are equally scarce. And the truth is, your kids probably want to hang with their parents, for now their dearest loves. We’re staying in, then, and creating our own festive approach to a love-laden holiday that originally began with sacrificing a …

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Kid-Driven Meal Planning in a Snap

If you find yourself getting hungry while you’re scrolling past images of golden, gooey, grilled cheese sandwiches and artfully melting ice cream in your Instagram feed, you’re not alone—studies have shown that viewing tantalizing photos definitely influences your appetite. So it only makes sense that showing kids pictures of food can help them remember what they …

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How an Instant Pot Can Make Your Family Dinners Easier

Skeptics wondering if their kitchen needs yet another countertop gadget should definitely check out the Instant Pot before dismissing it as a flash in the pan. It’s become a sensation for a reason. Essentially an electric pressure cooker with lots of features, Instant Pots combine the ease of set-it-and-forget-it cooking with shorter cooking times. However, …

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Our Easy Taco Seasoning Blend Will Make You Wish It was Tuesday Every Day

Somewhere along the line, Americans got duped into believing that an envelope was a necessary part of taco night. No matter what brand, no matter what size, many of us grew up thinking a store-bought packet of “taco seasoning” was not only normal, but mandatory. Sure, they’re convenient, but those envelopes are full of salt …

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Pantry All-Stars: Canned Chickpeas

In our series, “Pantry All-Stars,” we put the spotlight on one of the ingredients we always have on hand for quick, kid-friendly meals. Next up: chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans). Chickpeas have had a prized place on our tables for a very long time. One of the first beans to be cultivated, there’s evidence of folks …

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Pantry All-Stars: Polenta

Cornmeal, which is just corn that’s been dried and ground, was introduced to Europe by Christopher Columbus upon returning from the Americas. Now often associated with Northern Italy, it’s traditionally cooked into a porridge, sometimes with decadent additions like cheese and cream. But if you’re in a hurry on a weeknight, those easy-to-use tubes of cooked …

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