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Wife to one, mom to three, cat mom to one, fervent foodie and family business partner. We talks recipes, special diets and the joys of a full house. Featuring guest blogger, Julie Barnson the creator of the Great Cookie Experiment.

What's the one food you could never live without?

What's a treat your kids love that's actually healthy?

My kids love fruit, in particular tangerines and cutie oranges. We always have an open fruit basket which they can go to for snackage.

What's your best tip for feeding a picky eater?

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I love a simple sugar cookie since you can easily decorate that with sprinkles, colored sugars, frosting, etc. This Danish Sugar cookie is great plai ... More Details »

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There are several pretty good ones.

What's an easy, healthy lunchbox menu for kids?

Jana Brown

We're traditionalists going for a smooth peanut butter and jam sandwich, though we make the jam low sugar and serve up cheese sticks and fresh fruit on the side. We find that building lunches from what we can get at the local farmer's market or food co-op allows the kids to try lots of different things, but always stuff that is fresh and tastes the way it should!
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What's your favorite easy casserole?

Jana Brown

We're big fans of chicken divan. This is a layered casserole which can often be made with leftovers from other meals if I'm thinking ahead or in a rush. Layer rice, diced chicken and steamed broccoli florets in a 9x13 inch pan. Combine 1 can cream of chicken soup (I use the low sodium variety), 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup lite mayo, 1 cup shredded cheese of choice and about a cup of milk. You may have to eyeball the milk a little depending on how thick your starting soup is. Spread over the first mixture and bake at 375 for about 30 minutes until gooey and bubbly. Yum!
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What's your go-to cooking shortcut?

Jana Brown

Planning ahead really helps. I work with the husband and children to come up with menus we might want in the next few weeks, ranging from the meals that cook all day to tuna melts which can be whipped together in ten minutes. Then when I do the shopping we have everything on hand for any of the meals on the list. Night to night we make meals based on how much time we have and cross them off the list. When the list runs short everyone devours leftovers and the new list is born!
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What's your favorite recipe for a dish that can be made ahead and frozen?

Jana Brown

There are lots of things I like to freeze. I have a nearly unhealthy love for my freezer according to my husband, however, one of our favorites is a good old fashioned meatloaf. We always add something fun for flavor like salsa, or most recently raspberry chipotle sauce, and it makes for a moist delectable meatloaf which cooks up well and goes with vegetables, potatoes, rice or pasta. Instant dinner centerpiece and sandwiches the next day!
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What's your family's favorite easy crock pot recipe?

Jana Brown

We are very fond of slowcooking ribs, either bone in or country style, doesn't much matter. I like using low sugar jams and vegetables for the sauce base and often we'll add extra mushrooms or such to roast in the last hour. One of my boy's favorites is a Cherry Asian Rib where we used low sugar cherry jam, five spice, hoisin sauce and soy to get a nice asian flavor on the rib, then served it with brown rice and steamed cabbage. Yummmy...
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