Make meals a family affair with ideas for healthy foods and fun recipes that kids will ask for over and over again. Plus advice for how to deal with a picky eater, tips on food safety, and quick-and-easy dinners that help you make the most of your time and your budget.

Mac-and-Cheese Soup

A favorite dinner in a soup! We added a few vegetables as well but the kids will still love this one dish meal.

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5 Souper Soup Recipes

Hearty mix-ins and fun toppings add kid-friendly pizzazz to these soup-er weeknight recipes.

5 Fun Food Mashups

Combine classic favorites to create family dinners that everyone will enjoy.

5 Ingredients or Less Slow-Cooker Recipes

We love slow cookers for their ease, versatility, and forgiving nature, and now we've found a way to make slow-cooker suppers even simpler. These easy recipes from the new cookbook 5 Ingredients or Less Slow Cooker Cookbook prove that only a few ingredients can make for delicious family-friendly meals. So break out the slow cooker and relax (ha!) while dinner practically makes itself.

Nacho Cheese Chicken Chowder

This thick chowder recipe is a good way to lure picky eaters away from macaroni and cheese at dinnertime, especially if you have breadsticks to dip into it.

No-Stress School Snacks

When you have to supply the munchies for your kid's class or team, go with one of these smart picks.

The 10 Best Family Restaurants

Feel like going out to eat tonight? Parents polled more than 50 of the largest full-service or buffet-style restaurant chains to see which cater best to families and to find out what they're feeding the kids.

How to Make Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

The Naptime Chef, Kelsey Banfield, shows how to make a simple slow-cooker stew.

Slow-Cooker Ricotta & Spinach Lasagna

See how to make this healthy ricotta & spinach lasagna in your slow cooker. Mum's the word that there is pureed spinach in the tomato sauce.

How to Roast Veggies for Babies and Toddlers

Roasted veggies are naturally sweet, so babies and toddlers tend to love their flavor. Here's a step-by-step guide to simple roasting, plus tips for making sure that the final texture is easy for your little one to manage.

Taco Soup

With ground beef, black beans, and corn, this main dish soup is like a taco in a bowl. Serve tortilla chips on the side or crushed on top.

Super Bowls: Just-for-Kids Soups

Our simple, just-for-kids soups are the ultimate comfort food.

Beef and Barley Stew

Pumpkin pie spice adds flavor to this slow cooker beef stew. Serve it for an autumn dinner.

Carrot Cake Quinoa Breakfast Cookies

Even breakfast-phobes won't mind eating the most important meal of the day if they can have these hearty, sweet and moist cookies. They boast the flavors of carrot cake with the nutritional goodness of quinoa, dates, carrot, pecans and oats.

Red Beans and Rice

This popular low-fat, low-calorie recipe is simmered in the slow cooker with red beans, kielbasa, vegetables, and spices. Serve over rice to complete the meal.

5 Days of 15-Minute Meals

The key to getting through a takeout-free workweek: creating a menu and doing some prep work on Sunday. Check out these recipes from Sara Haas, registered dietitian nutritionist and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Easy Slow-Cooker Recipes for Every Meal of the Day

It's slow-cooker season! And we've got delicious, stress-free recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner--even dessert!

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