Most recipes for baked beans use pork for flavor and long slow cooking to thicken the sauce. After talking about the physics of baking with my Taster, who is an engineer as well as a patient man, I tried to capture the creamy richness of baked beans faster and with less work. The quick and easy recipe below makes beans every bit as tasty as the ones I grew up with, using equal parts peanut butter and tahini instead of pork and a slow cooker ins…

…n’t call during the breakfast, lunch or dinner rushes; 10AM – noon and 2PM – 4PM are probably the best times to call. Creating Traditions One of the silver linings of having food allergies is experimenting with foods you may not have previously considered. And it sometimes forces you to be creative and come up with new ways of cooking old favorites. For example, we love popcorn, but with several family members sensitive to corn…

Photo by Thijs Knaap. Used by permission.   Most pediatricians agree that a little bit of screen time each day is okay for kids.  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children over 2 should be limited to 2 hours of “recreational screen time” per day.  In our house, we try to limit recreational screen time to one hour per day, but because we homeschool our kids do a lot of educational work online.  And they love it!  Our kids ra…

….  Try having special dipping sauces (Ranch dressing works wonders) for veggies at meal times and snack times.  For some reason kids love to dip their food in things.   Give them their own cookbook – There are a lot of cookbooks out there that are geared to kids of all ages. My younger boys love to look at the pictures and plan on the things they are going to make. My youngest one now wants his own apron, chef hat and cooking show….

…eone says 2 to 3 clues and each person takes a turn guessing what it is. (ex. do animals or foods that are easy for kids to guess). 20 Questions: Guess the Animal (Does it live in the water? Does it have wings?) Tell a Story: Let everyone add to the story, or take turns telling stories. Themed Dinners Kids love to make things up and to be a part of something fun. Think of the type of food you want to make and create a theme around it that your…

“Women need to learn about the prevention, signs and symptoms, and treatment of heart disease just as much as men do. There is a lot of publicity about breast cancer and fear of this disease gets women to be proactive with the recommendations for surveillance and management. But coronary artery disease is still the #1 killer in women” says Christina Birch, RN, ANP, Adult Nurse Practitioner at Berkeley Cardiovascular Medical Group, Berkeley, CA….

…me like I’m your wife! Dad: How many times have I told you, don’t make me choose! In a stepfamily, even though the new couple may be very much in love, the hard-wired, pre-existing attachments lie between parents and their children. So do the established agreements about everything from whether Grape Nuts is a breakfast food, or a form of cardboard, to the “appropriate” price for a new pair of sneakers. This means that every time a child enters…

…at milk called oligosaccharides have been shown to reduce intestinal inflammation, promote healing, and promote the growth of favorable bacteria.[2] When combined with a healthy diet, goat milk is a great source of nutrition and prevention. That’s why I confidently recommend it for children. Has your little one tried goat milk? We’d love to hear all about it in the comment section below! [1] Díaz-Castro J, Ramírez López-Frías M, Campos MS, Ló…

Each Monday night we host #LTKH Tweet chat. #LTKH is the hashtag for Let’s Talk Kids’ Health. The format is simple, @DrGreene, @MsGreene or a guest host interviews a guest expert and everyone is invited to join in. This is the #Storify transcript from our chat with guest @AshleyKoff on February 16, 2015. We discuss, “How to get kids to love veggies”….

…stay true to yourself and what you want out of a partner. A relationship is about both parties staying true to themselves while caring for each other. One of the reasons that divorce is so common among adults is that both people in the marriage didn’t learn these lessons as teenagers. All too often, one of the individuals in the relationship attempts to give up things that are important in order to gain the other’s love. As time goes by, t…

…r readers may not celebrate Christmas, but the general principles outlined below can be applied to any holiday. The specific activities will, of course, be different, but that is what gives us rich cultural diversity.) Make a list of all the things you would love to do this holiday season. Go ahead and dream big. (Since you mentioned that you were short on ideas, I’ve included some possibilities for your list). Now, prioritize. If you could…

…f fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads and cereals, potatoes, beans, nuts and seeds Olive oil as a key source of monounsaturated fat (monounsaturated fat doesn’t raise blood cholesterol levels the way saturated fat does) Dairy products, fish and poultry in low to moderate amounts; little red meat is eaten Eggs consumed zero to four times a week Wine in low to moderate amounts   Love Your Body, Protect Your Heart Tip: Exercise 30 minutes p…

…tummy hurt.” Listen to her. Is she being stubborn or could she possibility have a food allergy to something in the sandwich? If your child is not verbal yet, listen to what he is saying nonverbally. Is he pushing away from the table? Is he covering his mouth or turning his head? Is he grabbing the spoon and shoveling it into his mouth happily? Listen to his cues and respect his wishes. 3. Love Parents often show their love for their children thr…

There are nine major risk factors that impact heart disease. The good news?  There’s something you can do about each one to help prevent heart disease. Yesterday we talked about smoking and cholesterol. Today, number 3 and four on the list: 3.  High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) Blood pressure is the force of your blood pushing against the walls of your arteries. Each time your heart beats, it pumps out blood into the arteries. Your blood press…

…women die each year from heart attacks — six times as many women as breast cancer. A large study, called the INTERHEART Study, showed that there are nine major risk factors that account for heart attacks. The good news that came out of this study — heart disease is preventable. Over the next few days, we’ll look at those nine factors and how you can love your heart and live longer. 1.  Smoking Ladies, one of the best things you can d…

…their lives bring uncertainty. 4. Responsible: They have been raised to be motivated from within to help around the house, school and in the world at large because they see the value in contributing to the whole rather than just thinking about their own needs. 5. Self-Love:  Children who are disciplined have an internal sense of their worth. Their confidence is derived from within and not just from performance or outside validation. They have bee…

…tart but also not to force them to do what they really don’t want to do. This balance helps your child to learn they must finish what they start but if they aren’t interested long-term in some endeavor, they may choose to stop. This is good for the exploration of their identity and also to learn the value of commitment and passion. 6) Give Your Children Responsibilities:  Children need jobs. One of the main ways children develop self-love, motiva…

…o save money, be greener and healthier, be self-sufficient and feel like a superwoman. Suddenly keeping up with the Joneses feels more like keeping up with the Amish, even on the Upper East Side! But what if you are utterly terrified by the idea of canning? This little series will offer a how-to guide for even the most clueless urban dweller. Learn how to take advantage of cheap, simple self-sufficiency even if you can’t keep a houseplant alive….

…ike to have their opinions matter. Encourage experimentation and reward creativity.  As kids spend more time in the kitchen, they will want to experiment with different cooking techniques and flavorings.  Give them recipes with choices to do so.   Click here for a recipe kids love to make and are surprised at how much they like the taste!  It is a simple appetizer that they can take ownership of serving to guests upon arrival before a holid…

…harder time trying new foods at school where their peers have more familiar foods. Start slowly. Add one or two foreign elements to your child’s favorite food as opposed to serving up a wholly unfamiliar dish out of the blue. If your child loves spaghetti, try making it with udon or soba noodles. Add freshly grated ginger or lemongrass to chicken soup for a Southeast Asian twist. Engage your child in cooking. This makes the new dish a complete se…