Cheese, Please!

Cheesy Broccoli & Potato Soup
Rita Maas
We'll show you how to add bone-building calcium, protein, and phosphorous to your kid's diet with cheese.
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Many of the foods your kid requests probably have a common ingredient: cheese. However, that isn't as bad it sounds. "An ounce of popular kinds of cheese provides about the same amount of bone-building calcium, protein, and phosphorous as a cup of milk," says Christine Gerbstadt, M.D., R.D., a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

So, go ahead and whip up that grilled cheese sandwich for lunch (again)--just be sure to cook with reduced-fat versions of your child's favorite cheeses to keep the recipe healthy.

Rita Maas
Rita Maas

Mini Veggie Frittatas

Vegetables will go down without a fight when packaged in a bite-size, cheesy frittata. Use left over veggies from last night's dinner to save time when making this healthy, kid-friendly breakfast.

Rita Maas
Rita Maas

Butternut Squash Casserole

This hearty fall dish is a real crowd-pleaser. Plus, it delivers a ton of calcium!

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Rita Maas

Cheesy Broccoli & Potato Soup

Serve your kids a bowl of this soup before you bring out the rest of their dinner; they're more likely to try something new when they're at their hungriest. Sprinkle a little extra cheese on top to please your picky eater.

Originally published in the November 2009 issue of Parents magazine.

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