family friendly

Three minutes for Spinach

April 16, 2013

                                Want a quick and easy spinach recipe for your family?  This Spinach and Goat Cheese spread takes three minutes to make, three ingredients, and helps get kids to love spinach.  Spread it on bagels for breakfast, on crackers for […]

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Mini Quiches with a Hash Brown Crust

March 8, 2013

                            Mini food is fun food!  Baked up in crispy, shredded potato crusts, and filled with fresh eggs, milk and organic spinach, these mini muffin tin creations turn healthy food into fun food for kids.  Served warm or room temperature these little […]

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In Season: Beets and Kale

February 18, 2013

                    Did the title scare you?  Did you imagine your child running screaming from the table or hurling their lunchbox into oblivion upon serving them either of these vegetables?  Well maybe there’s a chance we can convince you otherwise.

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Lunchbox Sandwich Kabobs

January 20, 2013

                                  This weekend I had the pleasure of hosting Kid’s Club Lunchbox Kabob making at our local Whole Foods Market.  With the help of two incredible 9 year old assistants, we tackled the job of introducing kids to new, […]

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Citrus Glazed Walnuts

January 6, 2013

                                    First and foremost, Happy New Year to you all!  We are on to a new year, new resolutions, and new conversations and I for one am ready to once again start conversations about Real Food for our […]

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52 New Foods for your Family – Guest Post

December 16, 2012

                  A New Year’s Food Challenge: 52 weeks, 52 new foods – Guest Post  By Jennifer Tyler Lee 52 weeks, 52 new foods. How one family achieved the most frequently broken New Year’s resolution: to eat healthy. Battles over broccoli and Brussels sprouts were fierce at our […]

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Homemade Pop Tarts – With a Twist

December 9, 2012

I’ve seen quite a few homemade Pop Tart recipes on the internet.  They look delicious and fun, but for me they were still made with white flour, and well –  I wanted to find a way to bring them even further Out of the Box.  These homemade Pop Tarts are chock full of whole grain […]

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Kid-Friendly Vegan Mushroom Soup

November 18, 2012

                    First let me preface by saying that every recipe I post on Out of the Box Food must first be kid-tested by my own children.  Having said this, yes…this mushroom soup has been kid tested AND approved by two fairly particular nine year old boys.  […]

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Meatless Monday Family Style: Nacho Usual Nachos

November 3, 2012

What do your kids think of when they hear the term “Nachos”?  When I was a kid, my idea of nachos was simply the compartmentalized plastic container filled with overly salted chip that I could dip haphazardly into a thick, oozy processed cheese sauce at a baseball game.   Unfortunately for me, that horrible, chemically created […]

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Easy Crockpot Meal – Whole “Roast” Chicken

October 13, 2012

                    I love my Crockpot.  To be able to put fresh ingredients into a slow cooker first thing in the morning, and come home at the end of the day to a delicious, home -cooked  meal that cooked itself…priceless.

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