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Stacie Billis is a parenting writer with a focus on food and nutrition and a blogger at One Hungry Mama, where she serves up family-friendly recipes and inspiration for bringing joy back to the family table. Stacie earned a Master’s in Child Development at Teacher’s College, Columbia University and honed her skills creating content for families at Sesame Workshop. She began concentrating on food after developing ChowBaby Foods, an organic family food brand.

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Celebrate Mardi Gras With a Muffuletta, the Mightiest of All Sandwiches

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 1:36 PM

Another year, another Fat Tuesday! What better way to celebrate Mardi Gras than to enjoy the mightiest of all foods that hail from the great city of New Orleans: the muffuletta. No ordinary sandwich, the muffuletta is the quintessential sandwich. A specimen that speaks to how all sandwiches should be...

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Making Chinese New Year Tea Eggs With Kids

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 4:53 PM

Today marks the beginning of the year of the horse and, while I'm not exactly sure what that means, I know that Chinese New Year offers a spectacularly fun opportunity to use food to talk to kids about culture. That, and to eat lots of delicious Chinese food! I plan...

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Creepy Fun Halloween Dinner Recipes

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 1:38 PM

This year, I turned my kids' annual Halloween party into a Halloween dinner party playdate complete with a gross out meal: worms and eyeballs (aka spaghetti and meatballs), carrot witch fingers, and a graveyard cake for dessert.

This dinner is perfect for a Halloween party -- who's in this weekend?...

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Best Healthy Lunch Box Snack Recipes

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 12:05 PM

I do a lot of talking about how to compose a healthy lunch box. But, at the end of the day, none of my tips or recipes mean a thing if your kid won't eat what you pack. One way to get my kids excited about what's inside their lunch bags is to include a healthy snack with mega kid appeal. Something snazzy, something that makes them feel like I'm treating them.

These snacks are three healthy lunch box goodies that get my kids jazzed about lunch time. It's true that sometimes they eat the snack and leave the rest. It's inevitable. But with snacks like these, I don't feel so bad. They're healthy and hearty, foods I can feel good about them eating. Especially my go-to granola bars.

Watch for all three ideas and grab the recipe for my go-to chewy granola bars on my site One Hungry Mama. My kids love these and I know that yours will, too. They are endlessly adaptable. Add whatever spices, dried fruit, nuts and seeds that you want. You can also substitute seed butter for nut butter. I've even added tahini before! And, of course, mini chocolate chips always make these extra special.

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Whatever ingredient combo you go for, make a double batch of the granola bars. They freeze beautifully which means that you can have them on hand whenever you like. Just pack a square in kiddo's lunch box straight from the freezer and it'll be ready to eat by lunch time.

Get your school lunch cheat sheet by liking One Hungry Mama on Facebook where Stacie posts a picture and quick description of every school lunch she makes, all school year long.

For more simple tips and easy family recipes visit Stacie at her blog, One Hungry Mama. You can also email Stacie to schedule a free, personalized no-stress family dinner plan. Also be sure to subscribe to One Hungry Mama on...

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Easy, Protein-Packed School Lunch Recipes

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 9:36 AM

In my practice, one of the things I hear most often is concern from parents that their children aren't getting enough protein. The good news is that according to the many pediatricians and nutritionists I've spoken with, you're probably overestimating how much protein your child needs, even for a growing boy or girl. That said, it's always good to have healthy, protein-rich ingredients on hand, especially for kiddo's lunch box.

The third installment in my school lunch recipe video series is all about easy ways to put together a protein-packed lunch. (Be sure to also watch my video on easy ways to ditch the sandwich bread.) The best part is that meat is only part of the answer.

In addition to two fresh ideas for how to use lean, healthy meat to get in the protein, you can also whip up these sweet Maple Roasted Chickpeas, which are vegetarian (vegan if you use pure maple syrup!),

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or some one-step Edamame Hummus.

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When you make either recipe, be sure to whip up a double batch: I guarantee you'll want these for your lunch, too!

Get your school lunch cheat sheet by liking One Hungry Mama on Facebook where Stacie posts a picture and quick description of every school lunch she makes. This year's lunches begin on September 9th!

For more simple tips and easy family recipes email Stacie to learn about how to work together or visit her at her blog, One Hungry Mama, and be sure to subscribe to One Hungry Mama on...

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Back-to-School Lunch Ideas: Ditch the Sandwich Bread

(3) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 8:00 AM

Making school lunch never seems like that big a deal -- on the first day of school. But by day two or three it sinks in: I've got to do this every single day of the school year. That's about 270 school lunches for those of you who are counting.

When it comes to dinner, I'm a firm believer in one meal -- chosen mostly for the grown ups -- for the whole family. Approaching dinner this way keeps us parents satisfied (children be damned) and goes a long way to encourage healthy eating in our kids. But lunchtime is different.

While I'm totally comfortable sending my kids to bed without dinner if they don't like what I serve, I'm not so comfortable with them having to endure a long day of school on an empty stomach. This presents a challenge: packing healthy school lunches that I know my kid will eat without making 270 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

The solution: be prepared with the right school lunch gear, keep a simple, but strategically stocked school lunch pantry, and get creative. (Or save your creativity for something more useful and borrow mine.)

Getting creative with school lunch does not require a degree in fine arts. Sometimes, all it takes is changing up how you present staple ingredients that you know your kid will eat. My favorite quick tip is to ditch the sandwich bread.

Sometimes that's as easy as skipping slices all together and opting for leftovers or a cheese and hummus plate. Other times, I like using novel ingredients, like waffles, in place of bread.

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Even banans work!

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Pinwheels are always fun and what's easier than rolling ingredients like smoked salmon and cream cheese in a tortilla? (Nothing.)

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And there's always sandwich sushi. Yes, seriously. And it's easy to make, too. Watch my latest back-to-school lunch video to see and also to get other ideas for how you can skip the sandwich bread for a more exciting school lunch.

That should cover at least 75 of them. Now, just 195 more to go!

Get your school lunch cheat sheet by liking One Hungry Mama on Facebook where Stacie posts a picture and quick description of every school lunch she makes. This year's lunches begin on September 9th!

For more simple ideas and easy family recipes visit Stacie at her blog, One Hungry Mama, and subscribe to One Hungry Mama on...

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Bring Joy to the Family Table This Food Day 2012

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 5:20 PM

Today marks the second national Food Day, a celebration of healthy eating created by Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and powered by a diverse coalition of food movement leaders, organizations and you.

There is no life without food. Food is health, family, connectedness...

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Move Over Lactation Consultants, We Need Formula Consultants

(20) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 5:32 PM

Sun poured in through the cafe window. I was sitting with my first son, an infant at the time, in the corner of our local coffee spot. I chose a table as far from everyone as possible, but still felt exposed. The table was right by the window. Everyone would...

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