Why the Healthy School Lunch Program is REALLY in Trouble

school lunch2I read an interesting article in the Washington Post a few months ago titled “Why the healthy school lunch program is in trouble” (August 26, 2015). In case you have not heard, the healthy lunches our First Lady Michelle Obama has nobly championed are not going over so well with the lab rats, err, youngsters.

I’ve been meaning to comment on this for a while, but I have been dealing with my own picky eating, tantrum-throwing toddler lately (among other important life changes, like cooking up baby #2) and this has just been sitting in the back of my mind to ruminate for the last few months.

The Washington Post article basically describes what all of us who have children already know: unlike those delightfully unrealistic Hidden Valley Ranch commercials, kids don’t generally gobble down their vegetables, even when smothered in ranch dressing. Continue reading

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Quick Bite: Oahu

Quick Bite OahuI love to cook and all, but a huge part of my endless obsession with food involves, you know, actually eating it. Hence the “feeding” part of Forever Feeding. I have mentioned before that my husband and I have been very fortunate to travel for our jobs. A lot of the fun of these trips is experiencing the local culinary fare. Sometimes we have only an hour or two to get a quick bite. Other times we have days to explore and taste test everything we can fit into our mouths (that’s what she said.)  Continue reading

Rigatoni with Chorizo, Tomatoes, and Spinach

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It’s funny how various forms of food inspiration can come together to create a pretty awesome recipe. This recipe started when a friend of mine mentioned that she added sausage to my Pasta Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino instead of my usual Parmesan-Crusted Shrimp Scampi. I thought, “hmmm, that sausage idea sounds tasty” and told her I would try it sometime. Then, a few days later, I was perusing a lifestyle magazine at the doctor’s office when I came across a recipe for rigatoni with olive oil, salt, pepper, and some fancy Italian cheese I never have in my refrigerator. I had a light bulb moment and I knew what I wanted to cook!

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I’m Baaaaaaaack!

Hi everyone out there in the blogosphere who happens to be reading my little site. I just wanted to clue you all in on what’s been going on in my life. After a very long leave of absence that I took from my blog for family reasons, I have decided that I am itching to start cooking and writing again. I have a bunch of new recipes and food-related fun I can’t wait to share, so stayed tuned. I plan to start posting new recipes again THIS weekend!

Thank you so much for reading and eating. 🙂

-Stephany

Hearty Italian Minestrone

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It’s a blustery February afternoon with freezing rain outside as I write this, and I can’t help but believe that a warm, hearty bowl of minestrone would make all of the cold weather blues just go away. This minestrone is warm and flavorful without being too complicated, and it is packed with vegetables, so it makes me feel good about taking second helpings! Continue reading

Pineapple Pork Tacos with Fresh Pico de Gallo

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Tacos are always a go-to meal for our family when we want all the food groups in a quick dish. I made these up about a year ago when I was trying to find something to do with pork chops I had in my freezer. I figured pineapple would taste good with them, so I went for an island-style dish and added the pico de gallo for some more vegetables and a little saltiness. We ended up with this: Continue reading