15 [30 MINUTE] Meals for the busy mama!

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Ok, it’s confession time….I am not the best cook in the world. I LOVE to cook! But, I’m just not so great at it. The thing I am the worst at is coming up with a meal when I am short on time!  A busy night can often times result in a box of Velveeta or a sad little microwave meal…..(Please don’t judge!) Well thankfully, I have the beautiful, talented and amazing Lauren Allen from Tastes Better From Scratch as my fabulous sister-in-law to help teach me the culinary ropes. She is here today sharing her favorite [30 minute] meals from her blog to help us Busy Mamas out! She has 2 kids under 3 at home so she knows all about busy! She is by far the best cook, chef, baker etc…that I know! So get excited!

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Trick Your Picky Eater-Healthy Homemade Ranch Dip!!!

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Do you have one of those kids that will eat just about ANYTHING as long as it is dipped in ranch, ketchup or something equally as disgusting? Ok Fine, I love condiments just as much as the next guy…but did you know that Ranch has 140 Calories per Serving??? And a serving is only 2 Tbs! Not to mention it has 14 grams of fat and 250 mg of sodium (Hidden Valley Ranch)! So, here is a GREAT solution! This Trick Your Picky Eater-Healthy Homemade Ranch Dip only has 53 Calories per serving, 2.4 grams of fat and 170 mg of sodium! Now, this isn’t a good alternative for Dressing on a Salad…But for dipping veggies, nuggets, fries, pizza…whatever your little person likes to dip…it is PERFECT!!! And it is a much healthier alternative to ranch!

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Get your kids to eat! Mealtime strategies that WORK!

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One of the most stressful things in motherhood for me is when my son won’t eat!  Toddlers go through days when they will eat more like a teenager and days when they won’t eat a bit. But not to worry, typical children will get the nourishment  that they need. (Even if it doesn’t seem like it). There are some things you can do to make mealtime a little easier on you, and your little gobbler.

Do NOT allow child to graze.
Offer your child breakfast, lunch and dinner and two snacks in between. Allowing your child to snack all day will keep them feeling slightly full all day. They will feel less of a need to eat if they are satisfied all day. And grazing all day is not sufficient for your child’s nourishment. Don’t hold back if your child is hungry and needs a little extra snack!

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