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Recipe Connection: Cardamom Ginger Peach Crumble (Gluten-Free)

August 20th, 2014 · Recipes

Cardamom Ginger Peach Crumble Recipe (Gluten-Free) :: via Kitchen Stewardship

This post is from KS contributing writer Jamie Larrison of How To Just About Anything.

Call me un-American, but I’m not a pie person. Especially apple pie. There’s just something about the crust that lacks substance to me. Even the flakiest pie crust just doesn’t have the flavor and depth I crave in a dessert.

For the Love of Cake and Crumble

Cake is my thing. Especially a dense chocolate cake with homemade buttercream icing! And even though I love cake, it doesn’t really love me back. All that wheat makes my digestive system cross.
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6 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Love Vegetables {GUEST POST}

August 18th, 2014 · Kids in the Kitchen

This is a guest post from Taryn at My Own Ripple Effect — she’s a mother of three who clearly knows her stuff. I hope you enjoy this post as much as I have. (Katie)

Screaming… yelling… threatening… crying… All things you may expect to hear outside a bar at 3am. Not exactly what you would expect your dinner table atmosphere to turn into when you tell your 3 year old to eat his broccoli. Unfortunately, it happens.

As parents, we have three options when it comes to getting our children to eat more vegetables: sneaking added vegetables into food they already love, coercing them to eat their vegetables, or encouraging an appreciation for and a love of eating vegetables.

6 Ways to Encourage Your Kids to Eat Vegetables :: via Kitchen Stewardship

Sneaking vegetables into our children’s food may be the option that avoids conflict, but are we willing to keep up the charade for years to come?

Coercing and threatening our children to eat their vegetables may work, but do we want our kids to eat them disdainfully or with pleasure?

If we look at the long-term benefits, teaching our children to love eating vegetables is the best solution!
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Can We Get Excited About Packing School Lunches? Maybe… {GIVEAWAY} $100 Value

August 15th, 2014 · What to Buy

Lunch packing supplies from Mighty Nest

"I wish school was starting tomorrow!"

This is from the girl who is absolutely loving every second of playing with her neighborhood friends, who spent the first month of kindergarten last fall wishing she was at home with Mommy (and many days throughout the year afterward), who has no real love for academics or school.

Q: What caused the magical transformation?

A: A lunch box.

Who knew simple lunch supplies could have such an effect on a child?!

My daughter packed a lunch all last year, but a few weeks ago she got to do some online shopping with me at Mighty Nest to upgrade our already-awesome lunch supplies a little bit, including picking out her own Pack-It, the lunchbox her big brother used (and adored) all last year.

I picked one up locally (Meijer, for West Michigan folks), coughing up the $20 rather than a buck at a garage sale, my previous lunchbox habit, in the great hopes that it would be as cool as I expected it to be – and it has not disappointed!

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5 Easy Tips to Help you Pack Super Successful Real Food Lunches this School Year

August 14th, 2014 · Kids in the Kitchen, Tips

5 Easy Lunch Packing Tips (1)

Even if you’re good at something, that doesn’t mean you like it.

I have a gazillion tips for packing a healthy school lunch, but I don’t always follow them all myself, and I’ve certainly enjoyed having the summer off from the constant routine.

As much as I don’t like to admit it, it’s definitely time to start gearing up, getting into the mindset and yes, maybe even getting a little excited for the new school year.

I’ve been thinking about some of my best strategies for making a real food, homemade, packed lunch every day for another 180 days x 2 children…and then I block it all out and go sit in the sun to watch my kids play in the sandbox.

That’s not very helpful to you, however, so I pulled myself together and forced ye olde brain to cough up the best, most helpful real-food-lunch-packing success tips for you, which are generously brought to you by Plan to Eat today.

Although part of my success is that I’m determined not to succumb to allowing my kids to purchase the "hot lunch" at school, I’ll admit that on some mornings, the only reason I don’t give in is that I haven’t figured out how the system works yet (on purpose). It would take as long to determine where to pay for their school lunch as it would to make my own, so I continue to handicap myself in that way.

That’s not really the first tip, folks – but if it applies to you, keep up the good work of keeping yourself in the dark! Winking smile 

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Welcome!  Meet Katie.

I embrace butter. I make homemade yogurt. I eat traditional real food – plants and animals that God created, not products of plants where food scientists work. Here at Kitchen Stewardship, I share how I strive to be a good steward of my family's nutrition, the environment, and our budget, all without spending every second in the kitchen. Learn more about the mission of KS here.

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