A happy 2013 to everyone and here is hoping your New Year is off to a great start! I'll be seeing you on CBS TV with the Chefs from the Presidential Culinary Museum and Presidential Service Center on January 18th for our Inauguration Special featuring some American classics!
Now then, I recently received a wonderful letter from Meghan Welker over at Babysitting.net offering help with recipes from gluten free (check out the video from my friend Monica on gluten free also) to so many other medical needs. Considering all the babysitting that I have done in my life as a Manny - and babysitting my own two year old daughter I love to get letters like these. Our many clients in private estates and homes, as well as our specialty Chefs will really appreciate these ideas also. We have trained so many Cooks and Chefs (closing in on 1200 graduates soon!) and often scratch our memory trying to come up with new ideas for special, medical needs in eating - especially for little friends and toddlers.
"We at Babysitting.net recently came across your column and were excited to share with you an article “30 Blogs for Quick and Easy School Night Meals” which was recently published on our site at (http://www.babysitting.net/blog/30-blogs-for-quick-and-easy-school-night-meals/), and we hoped that you would be interested in featuring or mentioning it in one of your posts. Either way, I hope you continue putting out great content through your blog. It has been a sincere pleasure to read."
Meghan and the crew have a helpful site for caretakers, nanny's, manny's, moms and dad's and more! The site opens up with, "The often frantic pace of weeknights during the school year can leave parents scrambling for a healthy, tasty dinner that will please the whole family and does not require hours in the kitchen. Thanks to the Internet and the worldwide community of food bloggers, it’s easier than ever to get ideas for quick, easy meals to please both kids and adults. These 30 dinners can be made in a snap and are sure to leave everyone asking for seconds."
The good part is they have terrific and helpful solutions for specialty dinners, especially those little ones that are already challenged with medical needs. The following is taken directly from their site and has helpful hot links so be sure to check it out!
Families with a member who suffers from celiac disease or other gluten sensitivities find themselves in the often difficult position of tracking down easy dinner recipes that will cater to everyone’s dietary restrictions. These five gluten-free dinner ideas are speedy and simple, allowing you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with the people you love most.
30 Days of Gluten Free Quick & Easy Meals
Quick. Easy. Gluten Free Meal Ideas.
Five Quick and Easy Gluten Free Dinner Ideas
Quick Easy Spanish Rice Gluten Free
Gluten-Free Weeknight Dinners Done Fast
Low Fat Dinners
For families that are more conscious of their fat and calorie intake, it can be fairly difficult to find dinner options that fit their diet. Pre-packaged convenience foods can be filled with empty calories and saturated fats, making them a less than ideal choice; these five easy recipes offer a great alternative.
Low-Fat, Fast Meals for Tired Moms!
Low-Fat Chicken Recipes
5 Quick and Easy Family Meals
Quick and Healthy Low Fat Recipes and Menus
Low Fat Dinner Recipes – For Your Healthy Diet Plan
If your family is one of the many containing at least one member with sensitivities or food allergies, combing through the fine print on packaging can be a time-consuming chore. These five recipes take food allergies into account, helping to ensure that every meal you serve is safe, quick, and tasty.
Egg Free, Dairy Free Crock Pot Sloppy Joes
Quick, Allergy Free Dinner, Coming Right Up
Allergy Aware 5 Minute Meals: Runny Honey Chicken
How to Get Your Kids to Eat Zucchini: Cheeseburger Zucchini Boats
Dairy and Egg Free Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs
The number of people who suffer from diabetes is climbing rapidly for both children and adults alike. Preparing meals that are both satisfying and safe for the diabetic in your family doesn’t have to be a chore, however. With these five dinner entrees, you can rest assured that your family’s dietary concerns are taken into consideration without leaving you chained to the stove all evening.
Our Best Recipes for Dinner Tonight
In Search of Kid-Friendly Diabetic Recipes
Easy Italian Baked Chicken Dinner Recipe Diabetic and Weight-Loss Friendly
Diabetic Dinner Recipes For the Freezer
Healthy, Quick Kid-Favorite Classics
It’s no secret that kids can be very picky eaters, and that their favorite fare is almost invariably unhealthy. These recipes offer a healthy spin on classic kid cuisine, are easy to prepare, and are sure to be met with approval by even the most finicky little diner at your table.
Healthy Mac and Cheese
Healthy and Kid-Friendly Recipes to Try at Home
Healthy Versions of 7 Popular Restaurant Kid Meals
Healthy Takes on Kids’ Classics
Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders
Adhering to a vegetarian diet isn’t always easy when there are children in the house who live in a world where hot dogs and chicken nuggets reign supreme. These five meals are meat-free, quick and easy offerings that the little ones in your family will be eager to eat.
A Weekly Menu Plan for Vegetarian Kid Friendly Meals
Kid-Friendly and Eco-Friendly Vegetarian Meals
Mom’s Request: Fast and Vegetarian Meals
EnviroMom Meatless Supper Club
Now that as a whole mouthful!
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