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The Family Cooks

What began as a casual conversation during a hike on a beautiful, sunny day about the need for a cookbook with easy, healthy, delicious recipes for families to cook together has become a beautiful book we are very proud of. For families, eating right has become a huge challenge. We’ve become convinced we no longer have time to cook, and food marketers spend billions persuading us that packaged, processed food is convenient, satisfying, and the key to happiness. Not true! Luckily, home cooking is making a comeback, and we hope The Family Cooks will inspire you to take control of what you and your family eat by making it yourself. The Family Cooks contains over 100 fast, tasty recipes with real ingredients for people who think they are too busy to cook. We tested all the recipes with parents and kids to make sure they were family-friendly. We give you ways to play with the recipes, like fun garnishes your kids will love (try the yogurt “spider web” garnish on pea soup) and extra ingredient suggestions to alter dishes (add a few spices and lentil soup becomes curried lentil soup). For those who find cooking intimidating, we made sure the recipes were easy to prepare. We explain...

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Fava Bean Crostini

Removing fava beans from their pods and inner peels is actually easier for smaller hands, which makes it the perfect project for your chef-in-training. A wide variety of breads can be used in these delectable crostini, which show off the fresh flavors of springtime. This recipe comes to us from Stacie and Simran of A Little Yumminess. For the full recipe for Fava Bean Crostini, visit The Kids Cook Monday.

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A Delicious French Radish Snack

Sometimes you need to cook, and sometimes you can just leave ingredients alone to shine. Here's a little French radish snack, quick, easy, and delicious...

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Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich

How many times has Laurie said, “Dinner is not about three courses and dessert, it can be as simple as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, it is the time you spend together that matters.” She has said it many, many times. And she is right! So I am going to say it too, but let us make it a little cozier, by grilling the sandwiches with bananas and honey. Warm melting peanut butter, sweet bananas and crunchy bread, and there will still plenty of time left over to play a few games around the table…

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Slow Cooker Veggie Lasagna

This simple lasagna recipe is packed with veggies and calcium-rich dairy. Cooking it in a slow cooker is a great way to prepare a healthy home-cooked meal on a weeknight. This recipe comes to us from our friends at Produce for Kids. Cooking Tip of the Week: No-boil lasagna noodles are a great time saver, but you may need to add extra liquid to your recipe since the noodles will absorb it. Check the package for a recommendation on adding water or additional sauce to the recipe. Food for Thought: This recipe calls for sweet onions, which have a pleasant, sweet flavor that kids love! Sweet onions are typically white or yellow and have a flattened (or squished!) look. White onions are the strongest tasting, so they’re best when cooked, while red onions are best for eating raw in salads or guacamole. When in doubt, just go with yellow onions, they’re all-purpose! Family Dinner Conversation Starter: If you could have dinner with any person in the world, who would you pick? Visit The Kids Cook Monday for the full recipe for Slow Cooker Veggie Lasagna.

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Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Scones

  I have such a great love for scones…the crumbly texture swoons and I also like that they are typically not too sweet. This recipe for Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Scones is built for perfection. It’s got the perfect ratio of flavor, chocolate and buttery crumbles. Using...

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18 Lunchbox Meals Your Kids Will Love to Eat!

  I know the story well: I packed my kids a delicious lunchbox and it came back home untouched! We fear and dread this moment. Then we hear that they ate their friends PB&J instead of what we packed. It’s time to change things up when...

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Blueberry Swirl No-Churn Ice Cream

  I have to say that this has been one off my all time favorite summers. It’s been action packed with heaps of fun every single day.  I’m gearing up for my cookbook launch, playing lots of golf, hiking a whole bunch with my pups...

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On Top of the World: 10 Luxury Mountain Hotels That You Have to Visit!

  As most of you have probably figured out by now I’m obsessed with the mountains. I love them so much that I moved my family to Telluride, Colorado 5 1/2 years ago. No matter what the season, the majesty of the highest peaks thrills...

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Mexican Pan Seared Salmon Kabobs with BUSH’S® Black Bean Fiesta™

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of BUSH’S® Beans. The opinions and text are all mine.   As you guys already know, I love to feed my family super healthy meals with lots of delicious flavors.  I like to keep recipes...

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Telluride Sleighs and Wagons

  Looking for Insta worthy photo ops? If you are (and who isn’t these days) then you have got to travel to Telluride, Colorado. In our mountain paradise, there are endless places to take in the views and capture them in the most amazing photos....

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Smoky Watermelon Jalapeño Margaritas

  If you love to try unique cocktails then I know you will enjoy these Smoky Watermelon Jalapeño Margaritas! This drink is all about cooling down on steamy summer days. It’s fruity, refreshing, spicy and smoky (from the Mezcal) It covers all the bases for a...

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Beef Kofta Kebabs with Cucumber Salad & Tzaziki Sauce

  I absolutely love Mediterranean cuisine. So much so that I’m dreaming of a trip to Greece, I’ve not been there in a few decades…so clearly it’s time to go back! This recipe for Beef Kofta Kebabs with Cucumber Salad & Tzaziki Sauce takes you to...

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Travel Tips: In-Flight Essentials

  Have any air travel coming up soon? If so, you need to be equipped with these essentials in your purse or carry-on. Let’s face it, it’s super fun to travel to far away lands, but getting there can be a bit hectic. The great...

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Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

  What is it about sheet pan meals that people love so much? Maybe it’s that they require minimum prep time, are filled with healthy fresh ingredients, are budget-friendly, have great flavor, and feed a pack of hungry folks. Also, they are pretty quick to...

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Mediterranean Salad Platter

  This Mediterranean Salad Platter could not be easier to put together and it makes such a beautiful impact when you are entertaining guests. All you need to do is hard boil some eggs and purchase some of your favorite marinated ingredients and cured meats....

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Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies

  Sometimes you need a cookie..or two…or three! These Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies will put a little pep in your step and a smile on your face. The hint of espresso flavor gives them a great depth of flavor that you will want to bite into...

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Rice with Peas

  Sometimes simple is best when it comes to cooking and everything in life. My Rice with Peas recipe is just that…simple, but delicious all the same. It doesn’t need any bells and whistles, just basic tasty flavors. Serve as a side dish or as a...

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Pesto Tortellini Salad

  This delish Pesto Tortellini Salad goes from prep to table in just 15 minutes! It’s great for lunch and summer entertaining. I love sun dried tomatoes so there are plenty of those in this dish too. I also favor the cherry sized mozzarella called Ciliegine,...

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Shop the Post: Flower Power!

  I love floral prints so much. I collect all kinds of clothing, accessories and items for the home with flowers whenever I can. A print has to really speak to me though. Sometimes I crave larger florals, but most often smaller ditsy ones. I...

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20 Easy & Refreshing Summer Cocktails

  I love a great cocktail and I know most of you do too. I enjoy using the freshest seasonal ingredients to make a modern cocktail. All of these are no fuss and come together quickly. I’m sure you will find something in this list...

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20 Favorite Recipes for July 4th (or any Summer) Celebration

  As you guys probably already know I am smitten with summer cooking. There is an abundance of fresh, seasonal produce and the markets are overflowing with fresh fruits and veggies. I love the impulsivity of shopping for ingredients that are at the peak of...

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Shop the Post: Made you Blush!

  Pretty in pink is here to stay. Forever. Especially in the warmer months, but it’s also super sweet to wear on cooler days too. I get such a kick out of all shades of pink but I have a special thing in my heart...

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Frozen Peach Basil Margaritas

  What cocktail best symbolizes summer for you? For me, it’s gotta be a margarita. I love that there is such variety when it comes to how you flavor them. You can go with a Pure Lime Margarita or flavor yours with the freshest of...

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Asian Chicken Salad

  We can never have enough A-list salad recipes this time of the year. My Asian Chicken Salad is one that you need to try as soon as possible. It is full of flavor (the sesame vinaigrette is amazing!) and is packed with the freshest...

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Brush Creek Ranch | Saratoga, Wyoming

  Recently I packed up the Jeep with my 14-year-old daughter to cross the northern border of Colorado for our first ever visit to Wyoming. This state has been on my bucket lust forever, so expectations were high. We were invited out to the Brush Creek...

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Vegan Strawberry Coconut Ice Cream

  I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM! This Vegan Strawberry Coconut Ice Cream is every summer fantasy rolled into a cool, creamy, fruity treat. Make the most of summer strawberries with this simple to prepare, dairy-free treat. A guilt-free dessert sweetened with...

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Shop the Post: Beach & Pool Basics

  Have any plans to go to the beach or the pool any time soon? There’s nothing like making your way out to the water to find out you left something behind. You foot your way out to find your favorite spot in the sand,...

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Recipe Video: Pasta Salad with Asparagus, Bacon & Feta

  Pasta salads are always a hit in my house and at every summer party I go to. They are basic, and oh so good. This one makes the most of seasonal asparagus, smoky bacon and briny feta cheese. You can have this recipe ready...

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Sweet Summer Raspberry Tarts

  Ahhhhh, raspberries. We love them by the handful and especially love them in these beautiful Sweet Summer Raspberry Tarts. I’ve been sharing some Baking Basics with you lately and in this recipe, we use two of them: Creme Patisserie (Pastry Cream) and Pâte Sucrée (Sweet Pastry...

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