Healthy family: Use sandwiches to introduce new tastes

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune May 07, 2014, 03:09 PM

Although always popular with kids, sandwiches also are a way to introduce new flavors.

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Celebrate dinner with lasagna soup

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune April 30, 2014, 02:55 PM

Surprise those at the table with a variation on the familiar medley of flavors and textures.

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Don't snub all convenience foods

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune April 23, 2014, 02:31 PM

Weeknight dinners can be challange, but getting buy-in – and help – from kids can help.

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Sprucing up the vegetables

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune April 16, 2014, 03:06 PM

For an easy meal in the oven, try roasting it all on a sheet pan.

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Citrus adds burst of sunshine to dishes

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune April 09, 2014, 02:10 PM

Offer the instant sense of summer with a bit of juicy flavor.

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Get off to a good start with English Muffin French Toast

By Special to the Star Tribune April 02, 2014, 03:53 PM

Thanks to English muffins, make-ahead French toast simplifies what could be a complicated breakfast.

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Reach for a spring pizza for a quick meal

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune March 12, 2014, 03:14 PM

Time to look forward to the season of fresh vegetables and bright flavors.

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Healthy Family: Souper solutions for picky eaters

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune March 05, 2014, 02:45 PM

As frustrating as it can be for both kids and parents, persistence can pay off.

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Sometimes you just need a roast beef sandwich

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune February 26, 2014, 03:32 PM

Sometimes we just need a roast beef sandwich — but we can still give it a healthful spin.

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Healthy Family: Fried rice is a recipe for success

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune February 19, 2014, 02:29 PM

If you’re the type of cook who uses recipes as a guideline, then this one for fried rice is perfect for you.

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Mealtime helps bring families together

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune February 12, 2014, 03:59 PM

Family dinners are one of the best ways to enjoy food – and one another.

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Healthy family: Take control of your salt

By Special to the Star Tribune February 05, 2014, 05:00 PM

Watching the sodium levels on convenience foods and just salting to taste make a difference in cooking.

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Healthy family: Potstickers

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune January 29, 2014, 04:05 PM

Get your children into the kitchen with a recipe that’s fun to make. This recipe for potstickers, which we’ve run...

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A new look at sweet potatoes

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune January 22, 2014, 02:24 PM

Give this nutritious vegetable a taste beyond the Thanksgiving meal.

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Time to check your spices, then cook with them

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune January 15, 2014, 03:59 PM

Old spices won’t do your dishes justice, as their flavor lessens with time. Here are a few tips for keeping your spices as fresh as possible.

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An ancient grain — farro — finds a place at today's table

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune January 08, 2014, 03:36 PM

For the new year, branch out in your cooking repertoire.

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Healthy Family: Chicken and dumplings, lightened version

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune December 31, 2013, 12:21 PM

Deep winter calls for comfort food, but let’s start the year with a lightened version.

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A lucky start with black-eyed peas and greens

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune December 24, 2013, 10:02 AM

Reach for the greens and black-eyed peas to get a traditional start to the new year.

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For a gluten-free pizza, try polenta for a crust

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune December 11, 2013, 03:33 PM

For a gluten-free pizza, try polenta for a crust.

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A ready-made meal for guests

By Meredith Deeds, Special to the Star Tribune December 04, 2013, 02:09 PM

When guests descend, a slow cooker filled with pulled pork comes to the rescue.

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