Eight Methods to Help Kids Eat More Veggies

Kat Merck is a freelance writer and editor who admittedly spends way too much time online. A Portland resident since 2006, she also enjoys reading, cooking and exploring the city with her husband and young son.
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Our writer tries eight methods for encouraging her picky eater to consume more vegetables. What worked — and what failed miserably. Do your kids eat their vegetables? Do you pack their BPA-free bento lunchbox compartments with organic broccoli and bell pepper strips, and they come home from school or day care eaten? If so, this …

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Recipe File: Homemade Taco Bowls

Judith Klein Rich has been blogging about food since 2007. Born in Slovakia, her enthusiasm for food experimentation and creation stems from her deeply seated Eastern European roots. Currently writing under the alias of Eaty Pie (eatypie.com), her blog explores dining experiences, meal creation and travel adventures from a kid and a grown-up perspective.
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Add a twist to your Taco Tuesday with crispy tortilla bowls and a choice of toppings. Every parent knows that mealtime with kids is all about control. Kids love to have control over what they eat, when they eat it, and how they eat it — which is why I love a good ol’ DIY …

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Top 5 Allergy-Friendly After-School Treat Stops

1. Shake off the day at Cully’s cozy whole-foods café Tiny Moreso and tuck into a Rawdacious mini-cake — GF, vegan, raw and available in a rainbow of flavors from pumpkin to blueberry coconut.     2.Over on Alberta Street, Back to Eden’s bakery-café serves up a mighty assortment of plant-based, vegan and gluten-free goodies …

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Recipe File: Chocolate Yogurt Cake

Judith Klein Rich has been blogging about food since 2007. Born in Slovakia, her enthusiasm for food experimentation and creation stems from her deeply seated Eastern European roots. Currently writing under the alias of Eaty Pie (eatypie.com), her blog explores dining experiences, meal creation and travel adventures from a kid and a grown-up perspective.
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Satisfy your sweet tooth with this easy chocolate cake.  Story and photo by Judith Rich While healthful eating plays an important role in our household, treating my family to something indulgent is something I also like to do. After all, if you don’t give in a little, their cravings get much stronger (and, if we’re …

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Family Supper: Lovejoy's Tearoom

PDX Parent's editor Denise Castañon loves sharing new ideas with other Portland parents. You can find her cooking, eating, crafting and writing in Southeast where she lives with her husband, 5-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter.
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Introduce your kids to the joys of finger sandwiches and scones at the new Lovejoy’s Tearoom of  Portland — just in time for Mother’s Day. Little sandwiches, warm scones, dainty desserts, beautiful cups — all the small touches elevate high tea from a plain, old meal. It’s something I’ve appreciated for a long time. So …

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Review: Jinx

PDX Parent's editor Denise Castañon loves sharing new ideas with other Portland parents. You can find her cooking, eating, crafting and writing in Southeast where she lives with her husband, 5-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter.
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With pinball and New Orleans-style grub, Jinx on Killingsworth is a fam-friendly bar destination. Even though some of my family’s favorite dining out destinations are brewpubs, whenever we hit a restaurant that also markets itself as a bar, I think of that line from the Reese Witherspoon movie Sweet Home Alabama: “You have a baby … in …

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Top 5 Spots for Grilled Cheese

PDX Parent's editor Denise Castañon loves sharing new ideas with other Portland parents. You can find her cooking, eating, crafting and writing in Southeast where she lives with her husband, 5-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter.
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➊ If you haven’t taken your kindergartener to eat The Kindergartener sandwich on the converted school bus at The Grilled Cheese Grill, what are you waiting for? NE Alberta at 11th Ave.➋ Olympia Provisions and Tillamook Cheese’s Melty & Meaty food truck at Pioneer Courthouse Square features a basic grilled cheese for your kiddo and more interesting combos …

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Family Meal

Irene Tejaratchi Hess is a photographer, video editor and writer. She spent her early career as a producer and editor at the PBS series "Nature". In 2011, Irene moved to Portland, where she and her husband raise a fabulous toddler. Her photos have appeared in "The New York Times", "The Brooklyn Paper" and other publications. Backpacking with her family, photographing wild locales,and Halloween are a few of her favorite things.
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Off the clock, local chefs share traditional holiday recipes  Food does more than nourish. It connects us to our culture, creates good memories, and can even bring us closer to loved ones who have passed. And for so many of us, making and serving food to our families is a daily expression of love. That’s …

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12 Kid-Friendly Counter-Service Restaurants

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Ali Wilkinson is one of the founders of PDX Kids Calendar. She loves exploring Portland with her three small children, especially when the explorations lead outdoors, to music or to ice cream. You can read more from Ali at www.runknitlove.com.
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Here’s the thing with restaurants when you have young kids. In theory, they are a dream come true. Getting to eat delicious food prepared by someone other than you? And then not having to do dishes afterwards? What’s not to love! But then you get to the restaurant and you are waiting for seating and then …

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Recipe File: Veggie Enchilada Bake

Judith Klein Rich has been blogging about food since 2007. Born in Slovakia, her enthusiasm for food experimentation and creation stems from her deeply seated Eastern European roots. Currently writing under the alias of Eaty Pie (eatypie.com), her blog explores dining experiences, meal creation and travel adventures from a kid and a grown-up perspective.
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Mexican food is a popular staple in our household. We love it for many reasons, including the various seasonal veggies you can incorporate. This new rendition of enchiladas more closely resembles a layered lasagna, giving it that comfort food quality we relish during cold winter months. Using small, street-style tortillas is key, making this dish …

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