Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Always have the children help you in the kitchen when you can. They can help gather the ingredients, measure, and mix. To prevent lumpy pudding, whisk all the dry ingredients together in a saucepan. Then gradually add the milk, a little bit at a time, whisking thoroughly after each addition until the mixture is smooth. […]

Portobello Mushroom Meatballs

Cooking for Families These mushroom meatballs are healthy, easy to prepare, and taste absolutely delicious! Serve them with some pasta sauce or plain or as appetizers — which ever your Nanny Family prefers. You will need a food processor to make the meatballs because the mixture is thick. I added some shredded carrots to the […]

Heart-Shaped Pizza

With Valentine’s Day in a few days I made a heart-shaped pizza with my Nanny Kid. She likes pesto sauce more than tomato based sauce so we used pesto sauce with shredded mozzarella cheese to make this delicious lunch or dinner. It tastes amazing! I highly recommend trying pesto sauce on pizza if your kids […]

Loaded Mashed Potatoes

My Nanny Kids love loaded mashed potatoes. This side dish has all their favorite potato toppings mixed right into the mashed potatoes. Feel free to mix in some sour cream to make these mashed potatoes even creamier and loaded with flavor. You Will Need: 2 pounds (about 2 to 3 large) russet potatoes, peeled, cut […]

Instapot Chicken Soup

Nothing’s better on a cold winter night than a bowl of comforting chicken soup. The aroma in the house is also amazing. This Instapot chicken soup tastes like my Grandma’s soup that took all day to make but it takes a lot less time because the soup is made in an Instapot. You Will Need: […]

Sweet Potato Burritos

One of my Nanny Kids is absolutely addicted to these vegetarian sweet potato burritos. I slightly adjusted this recipe I found on the Mel’s Kitchen Cafe web site to eliminate jalapeños since they are too spicy for the children in my care. I add rice to make the rice and beans a complete protein. Sometimes […]

Leek Stew with Olives

This is an incredible healthy and vegan Romanian stew from the whereismyspoon web site. I didn’t expect the kids would love olive and leeks in a stew. But, this Romanian stew called “Praz cu masline” really blew my Nanny Kids away. It has so much flavor the kids gobbled it right up. You Will Need: […]

Cranberry Cobbler

I know I keep posting cranberry recipes. But I absolutely love everything cranberry. This is a super easy cobbler recipe I found on the allrecipes web site. The cranberries can be replaced with other berries when cranberries are no longer in season. The fresh cranberries are tart so it tastes great served warm with a […]

Struffoli Honey Balls

Struffoli is a holiday favorite in Italy. I found this struffoli recipe on the nonnabox.com web site. I wanted to try to make a holiday recipe using the amazing local honey from Javelin Bee Products for the children I care for to enjoy on New Year’s Eve. The web site explains that the authentic struffoli […]

Coffee Rubbed Beef

Cooking for Families This rub works on just about any cut (in fact, it’s served on filet mignon at Mesa Grill), and the pan-to-oven method is foolproof. I recommend using on a round roast or beef tenderloin. It is a great dish for any holiday. Serve this for special occasions and holidays. This great recipe […]