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Food, recipes, nutrition: Find out what the Mommaloguers have to say about their meal routines, the foods their kids love and hate, their diets, nutrition and more.

What are the food rules in your house?

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We are all about balance

In my house, we are all about balance. We like to have cookies and ice cream and sugary treats. But, we eat pretty healthy. I am pretty big on eating quality foods. So when they want treats, it’s okay. As a whole, we eat pretty well. I don’t like to have too many food rules — just that we’re eating healthy, and we’re eating wisely.

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What age should kids learn to cook for themselves?

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They couldn’t care less

My kids are 11 and 5, and they’ll help, but they aren’t that interested in cooking. My daughter will prepare her own breakfast. She’ll prepare snacks for herself and her brother. As far as actual techniques and learning how to cook? They’re just not that interested.

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Describe your weekday meal planning

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There IS no plan!

Meal planning? There’s no plan. I do most of my shopping on Sunday, then on the weekdays I open the fridge at around 3 p.m. and figure out what I’ll make. My son likes very specific food as far as what he brings to school, so I just buy the same things and don’t have to plan much for that.

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School lunch: Brown bag or lunch box?

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We use washable cloth bags

My daughter will be going into middle school soon and I have packed a lunch for her every single day since she started kindergarten. At first I used to pack a brown bag (okay, it was largely for the nostalgia factor), but pretty soon I realized how much trash we were generating, not to mention the expense of constantly having to buy “lunch supplies.” So a few years ago I bought her a wipeable, washable cloth insulated lunch bag. It even came with several matching pouches to put all her lunch items in. I don’t have to worry about running out to buy bags and they are so easy to clean! Each one seems to last about a year and a half, so it pretty much pays for itself. You can find one at any major store, but I buy mine in discount stores for much less.

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What’s your go-to kids’ school lunch?

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My kids get either cheese or Nutella

My go-to school lunch is one of two things. It’s either a plain cheese sandwich on a sandwich thin (those 100 calorie bread options) without any condiments. Or it’s Nutella. I know. I know. Nutella isn’t the best option. But one of my children doesn’t like peanut butter and one of them doesn’t like jelly. So, where does that leave me?! Confused, that’s where. I tried for a very long time to get them to eat cold cuts – but that didn’t work out. And don’t get me started on homemade soup. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t. We just stopped fighting it.

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