Attention Dads: This Mother's Day, team up with the kids and head into the kitchen to make Mom a special treat.
This granola is delicious and utterly wholesome. Plus, it's totally versatile: you can make it with your favorite ingredients, and eat it with either yogurt or milk. This granola is exceptionally rich in protein, fiber, and Omegas. It's true that there is brown sugar, honey, and butter in it -- but much less than in most granola recipes, and if it takes a bit of sugar and fat to shepherd that lovely flock of whole foods into my children's bodies, that's fine with me. You might want to start with a little less flax and a little more honey, and then tip the balance slowly each time you make it.
Peanut butter is just about as American as apple pie. And I think that at one time or another, when my kids were little, they subsisted entirely on the stuff. I prefer the healthiest kind available (freshly ground organic) but discovered that I could grind my own at home for a fraction of the cost. Kids love to help—pushing the button on the food processor is a favorite activity of my children—and the delectable flavor is well worth the small effort. It must be stored in the refrigerator, but honestly, it's so good it won't last long. I've even caught my husband sneaking spoonfuls. I'm sure you'll find it tasty too and about as easy as…well, pie.
Little ones love this crispy, chewy, sweet and yummy take on a classic breakfast treat!
These pancakes are special enough for a holiday, but simple enough for everyday. Get Alison Needham's great recipe here.
Make ahead meals are a must during the busy holiday season. My mom understood that well when she started making this egg dish for Christmas morning many years ago. It gets lots of flavor from the addition of sautéed red bell peppers and mushrooms, and it's cheesy enough so that children love it as much as grownups do.
This colorful "salad" is perfect on holiday mornings. The fresh, bright flavors of the oranges and grapefruit awaken the senses and put everyone in a festive mood. Perhaps the best part about this dish, is that all it requires of me in the morning, is taking it out of the fridge.
This old fashioned treat is almost like an inside out apple crisp, with the oats and brown sugar filling nestled within. It's the kind of breakfast that might just get you moving on a cold winter's morning, and one you'll certainly want to share with your houseguests.
My kids take these granola bars to school for snack, and they doubtless experience an, "I can't believe it's not cookies" feeling of righteous swindlery. The fact that the bars are packed with whole grains and nuts, seeds and dried fruits, means that they're an excellent source of energy and nutrients, despite the sweet, greasy facts of butter and honey. This is my version of an excellent Ina Garten recipe -- she's the Barefoot Contessa, and I really love her no-nonsense style of cooking and eating.