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Five "Healthy" Holiday Recipes Guaranteed to Make Your Kids Happy

With the holiday season upon us it's difficult to avoid the cookies, pies, cakes, and decadent meals.  It's entirely possible to enjoy the holidays but still be health conscious by swapping out just a few ingredients while preparing meals and snacks for children.  By following a few simple tips and using our suggested recipes as a baseline, you'll be prepared for the holidays!

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Substitute Meals

In the US, 5.9 million children under the age of 18 have some sort of food allergy.  That’s 1 in 13 children, or roughly two in every classroom. The Center for Disease Control & Prevention reports that the prevalence of food allergies in children increased by 50 percent between 1997 and 2011. As these numbers continue to climb, there are steps we can all take to ensure our students stay safe. Read on to see the steps and protocols that Red Rabbit follows to ensure your students are safe and how you can continue to protect your students.

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Gratitude: Noticing the Good Things in Your Life

This time of year, we like to take the time to say thanks. Practicing gratitude can enhance your overall happiness and well-being while also keeping you present in the day. It's easy to start to notice and identify the things you are grateful for in your everyday life. Tune in to the small details of your life and notice the good things (a wonderful loved one, a delicious meal, etc) that you might sometimes take for granted.

Here are a few tips to sharing gratitude at any age

Start a Gratitude Journal 

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Our Favorite Cooking Tips

This spring is all about tips, and in this week's blog, we've compiled our favorite cooking tips, secrets and cost saving ideas. Whether it's buying pre peeled garlic or freezing your own tomato sauce over the summer to use all year long, the home cook has her secrets. We asked the Red Rabbit staff to share their favorite tips.  Read on to save time and money when cooking for your family.

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Cooking Family Meals on a Budget: Latin Style Rice & Beans

Whether you're a family of two, four or eight, cooking family meals on a budget  is most likely something you spend time thinking about. Following our popular series, Cooking on a Budget of $25 or Less, we'll be sharing budget friendly recipes and tips all spring long.

Our tip this month:  Use a pantry staple you already have on hand for your recipe's base. This can be a legume, like a bean or lentil, a grain, like a pasta or noodle, or, one of the friendliest pantry staples - rice. Brown, white, jasmine and wild are just a few of our favorites. This week, we're sharing our special recipe for Spanish Style Rice & Beans, which gets its pack of flavor from our homemade sofrito. Sofrito is a base used in many Latin dishes, made with peppers, cilantros and spices. We've shared ours below. We suggest doubling this recipe and inviting your abuelos over for dinner. !Buen Provecho!

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Tips for "Choosy" Eaters

 

‘No! Yuck! Gross!'

If you've been around children during meal time, you've probably heard them express these negative sentiments when presented with unfamiliar foods.

At Red Rabbit, we've been creating our made from scratch meals and serving them to kids for over 10 years, so we've come across our fair share of cautious eaters.

Luckily, we know a thing or two about encouraging children to try new foods – and enjoy them!

Read on for some useful tips to transform “choosy” eaters into adventurous ones. Or download our Choosy Eaters worksheet to share with your network.

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Employee Spotlight: Valerie Collins

Each month, we'll highlight one of the many incredible employees at Red Rabbit that help spread our mission of bringing healthy, made from scratch meals to schools.

Meet Val, the Operations and Service Associate at Red Rabbit. If you've ever called the Red Rabbit office, you've most likely spoken to Val, who is the voice of our help line from 7 am - 3 pm each day. Born and raised in NYC, Val is a full time mom and college student majoring in Business Management. Read our interview with her to find out how she got her start at Red Rabbit and how she got her nickname.

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Why Fresh Is Best

We've all heard the benefits of purchasing locally grown and seasonal produce, while limiting our spending on processed and packaged foods.

At Red Rabbit, we adhere to the belief that fresh food tastes better and is better for us, which is why we use whole foods in all of our made from scratch meals. But why are whole, fresh foods actually better for us, and what's the harm in overly processed foods? Read on as we investigate the answers to these questions.

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Top 5 Kitchen Tools for Kids

Using kitchen tools to transform foods into a meal can make cooking even more exciting for children. Red Rabbit relies on these high-quality, kid-friendly tools to create safe, fun-filled, educational cooking environments for our students.

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Fall Harvest, 3 Sisters Tacos Recipe

Autumn in New York is an exciting and rewarding time to be a fruit and vegetable lover. As Grow NYC’sWhat's Available chart demonstrates, fall months offer New Yorkers an incredible variety of available produce.

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Cooking on a Budget of $25 or less

Good news for home cooks! It's entirely possible to feed a family of four a nutritious and delicious meal for under $25 without sacrificing ingredients or time. You'll need basics like olive oil, dried herbs and flour to keep costs down, so factor in a little more if its been a while since you've restocked that pantry. By following a few simple tips and using our suggested recipes as a baseline, you are well on your way to becoming a talented home chef without breaking the bank.

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What's in Season: Root Vegetables

With our second snowstorm of the season upon us, rain boots, slippery sidewalks, wool layers and constant hat hair have become part of our daily routine. This time of the year, hibernating indoors with our Netflix queue and a warm cup of tea constitutes the majority of our social lives - which is just fine with us!

For us healthy meal enthusiasts, the best part of staying in is cooking at home and experimenting with local foods. While we often crave hearty cold weather stews and chili, we try to mix up our diets by incorporating nutrient rich winter vegetables to keep us energized and healthy during flu and cold season.

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