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Melissa Wenzel is a freelance writer and public relations consultant. After graduating from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunications at Arizona State University, Melissa went to work for a boutique public relations/public affairs agency where she cut her teeth in the business by working on some of the state’s most polarizing elections and controversial public figures. Two years later, in need of a little soul cleansing, Melissa took a job with the American Red Cross where she worked media and crisis communications in the wake of local and national disasters, including Hurricane Katrina.
After her twins, Jonathan and James were born in 2007, Melissa returned to work part-time before starting her own consulting and freelance writing business in 2009.

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Go-To Sites For Kid Friendly Cooking

There’s no better time than the present to get healthy and get cookin’ for your kids. Here’s a round-up of our favorite sites dedicated to preparing healthy, fun meals for your children.

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Best Site When Your Kid Won’t Eat His/Her Veggies: 

The Sneaky Chef

If you’re a parent, chances are you’ve got a least one kid who simply won’t eat their vegetables. No matter how much you beg, plead and bargain, getting little Jimmy to eat his broccoli can be a chore. Sneaky Chef Missy Chase Lapine developed a revolutionary way of “sneaking” the healthy stuff into every day food so little Jimmy doesn’t know his favorite mac ‘n cheese is filled with the green stuff. Wildly popular, Lapine’s books are New York Times Bestsellers, arming parents with the tools they need to sneak good food into their child’s meals.

Visit her website for free recipes, blog and book information.

New Ways of Cooking Creatively For Kids:

Parents (Parent’s Magazine)

Need a way to spruce up those morning scramblers or give your lunches a makeover? Check out Parent’s Magazine’s Food and Recipes page. Resources are broken down into categories like, 30 minutes or less, baby food, breakfasts, snack ideas and more. Expand your repertoire even further by subscribing to their free e-Newsletter to get their featured weekly recipes.

Best Interactive Site(Great for Parents and Kids)!

The Muppets Kitchen with Cat Cora

The Muppets Kitchen is a must-see site not only for the great recipes, but for the fantastic cooking “demo” videos. Cooking with fellow mom and Iron Chef Cat Cora, Kermit, Fozzi and the gang whip up fantastic, healthy foods your kids are bound love eating as much as they love watching them being made online.

Several Muppets recipes have made their way into our permanent recipe box including the Crispy “Baked” Fried Chicken and Lemon Pecan Pancakes. Yum!

Awesome Site with a Cause

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

Renowned chef and television personality Jamie Oliver has taken America by storm by revolutionizing the way American’s eat and think about food. It’s no secret American kids are growing up overweight and malnourished from a diet of unhealthy, processed foods. “Jamie OIiver’s Food Revolution” began as a television series in 2010 with a mission of reforming America’s school lunch programs (have you seen the ingredient list for those frozen want-to-be meals)?!

Check out his foundation’s website for free recipes and tips on incorporating more fresh ingredients into your family’s meals. We love Jamie’s colorful Everyday Green Chopped Salad and delish Berry Cupcakes. While you’re at it, sign the petition to get better food choices into our children’s schools.

Best Site for Cooking With Your Kid

Cooking with my Kid

If you’ve got a mini foodie on your hands, chances are they enjoy helping out in the kitchen, even if only occasionally. Cooking with my Kid is a fantastic site with free daily recipes, tips and ideas on involving your child in food prep and healthy eating. Visiting this site is sure to inspire you to put the chicken nuggets back into the freezer and make something yummy with your kid.

Best Resource for Parents Whose Kids Have Food Allergies

The Kids with Food Allergies Foundation

According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, about 2.2 million school-aged children suffer from food allergies.

The Kids with Food Allergies Foundation’s website offers recipe and cooking resources as well as support to parents whose children suffer from food allergies. Click on the recipes link for access to 1,200 allergy-friendly recipes. While the bulk of the recipes are reserved for website members ($25/year), they do offer some free recipes including Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies and Chicken Curry.

What are your favorite cooking for kids sites?

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