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Welcome to our weekly radio podcast, Cooking with the Moms, packed with fast and healthy recipe ideas and helpful mealtime tips … all designed to help you and your family eat a more nutritious diet.

We hope you’ll join us (or download us) each week as we share our kitchen creations and cooking insights with you. And if you think our kids are perfect – devouring every fruit and vegetable we put in front of them – you’ll be happy to learn that we’re mere mortals just like you, as we face the day-to-day challenges of feeding our own families.

Now that you have found us, we hope you'll listen, laugh, and get cooking!

Janice & Liz

PS: If you have a comment or question, send us an email at

Show #22 - September 24, 2008: Apple Desserts (21 min)
The old adage, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" is actually based on fact, not just folklore. In this show, we talk about the amazing health benefits of apples and cook up two simple and nutritious desserts for your family:
Apple Butterscotch Cake and Apple Blueberry Walnut Crisp. Fresh fruit never tasted so good!

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Show #21 - September 17, 2008: Vegetarian Recipes (20 min)
About five million Americans follow a vegetarian diet – it could be mom, dad, or more likely than not, a teenager who decides to give it a try. Whether it's one member or the entire family, the key to a healthy vegetarian diet is variety. To help you plan delicious vegetarian meals, we have two recipes – Vegetable Garden Tofu Pie and No-Crabs-Allowed Cakes as well as tips for making sure everyone at your table gets all the important nutrients they need... Vegetarian Planning Tips

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Show #20 - September 10, 2008: After-School Snacks (20 min)
Chips, cookies and crackers may be convenient as an after-school snack, and they keep kids happy, but most offer calories and not a whole lot more. Instead, strive for snacks that fill in the food-group gaps in your child's day. Often in short supply: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and calcium-rich foods. In this week's show, we cook up recipes for Grab & Go Granola Bars and Lime 'n Honey Black Bean Dip and offer tips for many other fast and easy after-school snacks.

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Show #19 - September 3, 2008: Back-to-School Brain Food (21 min)
Now that the kids are back in school, it’s more important than ever to fuel their bodies and their brains. In this week’s show, we serve up recipes and tips for helping children concentrate and learn. Our family-friendly recipes, Szechuan Beef Stir-Fry and Teriyaki Salmon in Foil, are rich in flavor and great nutrition. This week’s show also features a guest appearance by Liz’s 9-year old son, Simon. You won’t believe what he has to say about getting kids to eat their vegetables.

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Show #18 - August 27, 2008: Kid Food Makeovers (17 min)
"Kid" foods – frozen chicken nuggets, hot dogs, mac & cheese, and fish sticks – may be easy to prepare but there's a catch: Many contain high amounts of sodium and saturated fat and are also nutritional lightweights, lacking fiber and important nutrients children need in order to thrive and grow. In this show, we cook up Coconut Chicken Fingers and Cheesy Fish Sticks from scratch and offer tips for spotting the best frozen and boxed kid convenience foods on the market.

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Show #17 - August 20, 2008: School Lunch Stuffers (22 min)
For lots of families, it's back-to-school time for the kids. And with back to school comes the daily challenge of packing lunches. What you stuff into that lunch box or brown bag can have a positive impact on your children's diets, providing important nutrients to help them grown and to do better in school. In this show, we feature two sandwich recipes, BLT Makeover and A Sub to Love, and offer tips for getting more bone-building calcium into the family diet.

BLT Makeover
A Sub to Love
Kids & Calcium tip sheet

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Show #16 - August 13, 2008: Easy Family Dinners (23 min)
One of the biggest barriers to cooking healthy meals at home is the fact that many recipes take too much time to prepare. No wonder your local pizza shop is on speed dial! On this week's show, we show busy families how to get in and out of the kitchen quickly with two homemade, kid-friendly dinners: Tortellini with Broccoli Pesto and Cutie Quiche Cakes. We also share tips for streamlining your time in the kitchen by cooking as efficiently as a restaurant chef.

Tortellini with Broccoli Pesto
Cutie Quiche Cakes
Kitchen Shortcuts from the Meal Makeover Moms

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Show #15 - August 6, 2008: Frozen Treats (20 min)
Who doesn't love frozen treats and ice cream in the summer? In this week's show, Liz and Janice offer up simple recipes to make your own healthier versions of the summer classics. Click the links below for the recipes for our trio of popsicles and Super Sundae with Strawberries.

Super Sundae with Strawberries
Trio of Popsicles

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Show #14 - July 30, 2008: Summer Salads (19 min)
From farmer's markets to CSAs to your neighborhood grocery store, we take advantage of the summer's best produce with two family-friendly salads. The first, a Creamy Caesar Salad with Feta & Dill, is a side-dish salad that's sure to get even the pickiest vegetable eaters hooked on "the green stuff." Our main-dish salad, Tenderloin, Cranberry and Pear Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing, offers a flavor and nutrition punch that can’t be beat.

Creamy Caesar Salad with Feta & Dill
Tenderloin, Cranberry and Pear Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

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Show #13 - July 23, 2008: Slow Cooker Saviors (21 min)
Why turn on your oven when your trusty slow cooker can do the work for you? In this show, we serve up two kid-friendly, slow cooker dinners that get you out of the kitchen during the hot days of summer. As a bonus, we have a cool coleslaw side dish, perfect with those pork sandwiches. For the three recipes in this show, click the links below.

Pulled Pork Primavera Sandwiches
Chicken & Sweet Potato Enchilada Casserole
Cranberry Coleslaw

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Show #12 - July 16, 2008: Healthy Grilling (20 min)
If you can't stand the heat in your kitchen, then head to your backyard. And when you get there, fire up the grill and get cooking. Grilling and great nutrition go hand in hand given all the good-for-you ingredients used including lean beef like tenderloin and flank steak, seafood, vegetables, and even fruit. For the family-pleasing recipes in this show, click the links below:

Shrimp Kebabs with Pineapple & Peppers
Quick Beef Fajitas with Pico de Gallo

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Show #11 - July 9, 2008: Healthy Picnics (24 min)
From picnics at the park to neighborhood block parties and family reunions, outdoor dining is one of those summer traditions enjoyed by people of all ages. In this show, we share two of our favorite picnic recipes along with some picnic packing pointers to keep your food fresh and safe when the weather heats up. For the recipes and tips, check out the links below:

Makeover Deviled Eggs
Kitchen Sink Pasta Salad
Picnic Packing Pointers

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Show #10 - July 2, 2008: Summer Camp Treats (22 min)
When your kids head off to summer day camp, be sure to pack along some special treats to keep them happy, healthy and energized. Our easy-to-bake recipes provide great flavor as well as super nutrition for active kids. For the recipes, check out the links below:

Cookie in Disguise
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

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Show #9 - June 25, 2008: Sensational Smoothies (20 min)
Homemade smoothies are naturally sweet, easy to make, and loaded with great nutrition thanks to all the fresh and frozen fruit, yogurt, and 100% fruit juice. To celebrate the beginning of summer (and to stay cool), we whip up three of our favorite fruit smoothies: Mom’s Mango Smoothie, Strawberry Banana Smoothie, and Blueberry Frosty. We also serve up some good news on blueberries, a super food packed with health-enhancing antioxidants. Click the links below for our Trio of Smoothies and a list of top antioxidant foods.

Trio of Smoothies
Top Antioxidant Foods

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Show #8 - June 18, 2008: A Better Burger (18 min)
Burgers are what’s for dinner tonight. That’s because it’s that time of year again when backyard grills get fired up and burgers make their way to the family table. With lean ground beef and some surprising ingredients including black beans and quick-cooking oats, we cook up two better burgers bursting with flavor and nutrition. For the recipes, check out the links below:

Cheesy Black Bean Burgers
Lean Mean Cheeseburger

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Show #7 - June 11, 2008: Breakfast All Day (18 min)
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day … so don’t skip it! Research shows that eating breakfast can lead to higher test scores, greater alertness in the classroom, a healthier body weight, and a more balanced diet rich in calcium, iron, fiber and vitamins A and C. Click the links below for two of our best-ever breakfast recipes and tips for making breakfast part of your busy morning routine.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Read our tipsheet: Make Breakfast a Breeze

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Show #6 - June 4, 2008: Healthy Pasta Dinners (20 min)
Kids love pasta. In fact, many kids are hooked on mac & cheese, and that's about all they'll eat. For tips on making mac & cheese healthier and for two of our kids' favorite pasta dinners, tune in and check out the links below:

Cheesy Penne with Chicken & Broccoli
Turkey Meatballs & Spaghetti
Mac & Cheese Makeover

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Show #5 - May 28, 2008: Vegetables Kids Love (20 min)
There's an assumption out there that kids hate vegetables, and the only way to choke them down is to cook, puree, and conceal them in everything from gooey brownies to the breading on chicken nuggets. While vegetables can be a tough sell with some kids, the featured recipes in this show prove that even the pickiest eaters can be tempted to eat their vegetables. To get the recipes, click the links below:

Perfect Parsnip Fries
Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts
Bean Recipes:
Read Veggie Love in Kiwi Magazine

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Show #4 - May 21, 2008: Lunch Box Makeover (19 min)
Even though the school year is winding down, many parents still face the daily challenge of packing a healthy and delicious school lunch. If lunch box boredom is an issue for you and your kids, you’ll love the recipes featured in our podcast. To get the recipes and resources from this show, click the links below:

Scoop-it-Up Tuna Salad
Fruity & Chicken Kebabs
Brochure: Recess Before Lunch

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Show #3 - May 14, 2008: Healthy Snacks for Kids (19 min)
On average, kids consume over 850 snacks a year. In this show, Janice & Liz explain how snack time provides an ideal opportunity for filling in the nutritional gaps in a child’s diet and talk about two of their kids’ favorite snacks. To get the recipes from this show, click the links below:

Juicy Jigglers
Chocolaty Pumpkin Bars

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Show #2 - May 7, 2008: Meet the Hosts of Cooking with the Moms (18 min)
Each week on Cooking with the Moms, we'll share our best recipes and most clever mealtime tips, all designed to help busy families eat a healthier diet.  For this week's show, we serve up our kids' favorite recipes:  Cowboy Breakfast Wraps, Halftime Taco Chili, Sweet Potato Fries, and Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins.  To get the recipes from this show, click a link below:

Cowboy Breakfast Wraps
Halftime Taco Chili
Sweet Potato Fries
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

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Show #1 - April 13, 2008: Cooking with the Moms (3 min)
Listen to our short "teaser" show to learn more about what we'll be cooking up on our weekly radio podcast. May 7th is the official launch date so stay tuned.

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