Rachael Ray to the Rescue

They have three young (and hungry) kids and no time to cook! Helena and Joseph Goncalves were serving the same old suppers. So we sent a famous foodie to give them new recipes and bust them out of their dinner rut.

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Pasta, Cheese, and Trees My Mama's Way

Jim Franco

Pasta, Cheese, and Trees My Mama's Way

Anthony, 4, and Angelina, 2, are ready for more than just buttered noodles. Rachael showed Helena and Joseph how to make her mom's favorite pasta recipe -- and the kids ate it up.


Makes: 4 to 6 servings

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Meatloaf Patties and Smashed Potatoes

Jim Franco

Meatloaf Patties and Smashed Potatoes

Here's a quick Sunday meal: These patties cook in a quarter the time of traditional meatloaf.


Makes: 5 servings

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Pizza Burgers

Jim Franco

Pizza Burgers

Both older kids are pizza fanatics. This meal's got that familiar flavor, but it's more substantial.


Makes: 4 to 6 servings

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Pork Chops with Sweet and Hot Peppers

Jim Franco

Pork Chops with Sweet and Hot Peppers

"Don't be turned off by the red hot peppers," Rachael told Helena and Joseph. "They add tons of flavor to this super-easy dish." For the kids, just pick out the peppers right before serving.


Makes: 4 servings

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Crunchy Oven-Baked Chicken Toes

Jim Franco

Crunchy Oven-Baked Chicken Toes

Angelina loves chicken fingers, so Rachael was convinced she'd go for this crunchy, slightly spicy version. The verdict? Yummy!


Makes: 4 to 6 servings



Copyright © 2008. Used with permission from the April 2007 issue of Parents magazine.

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