Fresh Food Ideas for your Family


May will be devoted to getting you and your kids excited about good food. Now I don't intend for you to spend hours in the kitchen slaving away on elaborate meals. Instead, I've amassed some simple solutions to make eating more fun and maybe more healthy for your family.

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Let's consider the ubiquitous PB&j; sandwich (or maybe almond butter and sugar-free preserves in our case). Why not spice up the staid with some new shapes. Mom Invented has a 4-pack of sandwich cutters (heart, round,mini bites and original triangles) that trim of the crust and turn something familiar into something fresh. $5.99 each

If you've got a garden or are into preparing your own baby food, food cubers could come in handy. These storage packs allow you to portion and store your food in the freezer. Simply pop out what you need without a lot of waste. Perfect for anyone who has tried Jessica Seinfeld's Deceptively Delicious cookbook ($16.47 on Amazon). In her book, she advises adding veggie purees into meat, pasta and dessert to make them healthier. Pick from 1/2 cup, 1 cup or 2 cups serving storage. $7.49

Finally I want to mention a great article in April's Cookie magazine. A mother of two set out to expand her kids' palate and whipped up 30 fresh meals in 30 days. Many of these dishes can be cooked in 30 minutes or less. Click on for recipes and and a day-by-day diary.

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