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VIDEO: Sonoma Vacation Tips

VIDEO: Sonoma Vacation Tips

Beth Costa shares her Sonoma vacation tips

Visiting Sonoma's wineries in the off-season has its advantages.

Beth Costa, executive director of Wine Road, gives a few quick tips for planning trips to Sonoma, Calif.'s wine country. For travelers wanting to inspect the grapes of their favorite Sonoma wines or who want a robust education about the area’s wines, Costa recommends consulting Wine Road, an association of 150 wineries and 50 lodgings in the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River Valleys of Northern Sonoma County, for inspiration.

First-timers and seasoned wine aficionados alike can tailor a day in Sonoma to their personal tastes, from strolling the gardens at large wineries like Kendall Jackson to meeting face-to-face with winemakers at boutique wineries. Though fall harvest time is the most popular time to visit, Costa explains that the off-season is a good time to have an intimate tour of the wineries.


Dinners So Easy Your Kids Can Make Them

It’s an idea so compelling that some smart entrepreneurs, such as Brooklyn’s The Dynamite Shop, have made it their business model. Have the kids make dinner. Maybe it’s hard to relinquish control to the young person you just watched try to parallel park for the first time. But you’re running around working or caretaking or doing any of those million things on your parent list. If you’ve got a teen in the house who you trust around a stove, let them make supper. Really. It’s one less thing. These are the no-marinating-required, last-minute, use-up-the-protein-and-veg dishes we entrust to our own big kids.

The best part, of course, forever? The’ll be so proud it’ll make you want to cry. (If you can swing it, we suggest lots of compliments instead.) If everything goes well, maybe you’ve just outsourced one thing on your list a couple nights a week. Imagine the gloriousness of that.

Yes, they can! Any kid obsessed with burritos will rejoice in burrito bowl night. (Pro tip: In a hangry pinch, pick up white rice from the Chinese restaurant nearby.) This is the way to use up that leftover chicken, the herbs about to go, the handful of beans. Burrito bowls work with nearly every roast veggie. You can crack a can of corn if you want to do so. Almost any cheese can work. And the possibility for failure? It’s blessedly low, because you can DIY your own dinner after your kid does all the prep work.

The hits just keep coming: pizza night! This veggie-centric pizza is dotted with bacon, yes, but you could easily leave it off. Home cooks who love to make pizza know a good mini-prep food processor is key. You can often avoid busting out the big guy for these pies, and that is key to not loathing the cooks (in a small way) when it’s cleanup time. This is another epic clean-out-the-fridge dish. Plus, hint, hint, those Brussels sprouts crisp up in almost caramelized fashion. It’s a heck of a way to get vegetables into your not-so-little ones.

When there are multiple kids, there will be multiple arguments. Think: Customizable. Think fast-and-dirty chili. This is the recipe test kitchen director Belle English swears by. No one can get mad if, ultimately, she made her own dinner bowl. Tomato paste is key to the top notes of sweetness in the dish. A bevy of pantry spices like chili powder, paprika, and paprika do the rest of the easy lifting. (Don’t be alarmed when you see beer in the ingredients! You can swap it out for chicken stock, no problem.)

Yum. There’s something about ravioli and tortellini that kids and adults just love. This easy pasta is a perennial hit with small and big folks alike. It’s tortellini alfredo. The pasta is store-bought. The sauce is a sort of fake-out, no-roux béchamel, and boy, is it good: butter and cream and plenty of Parmesan. The peas can be frozen, and they’re so creamy and buttery that it’s the rare kid who picks around them. Parsley is optional so is ham. It’s basically four core ingredients plus salt and pepper. Hello, weeknight winner.

Find us the kid who says “no” to nachos. We’ll wait! There’s a special sort of genius to this recipe, which is another one that’s ideal for leftover chicken. (Make the kid pick the meat off the bird you just roasted it’s fine. They’re learning about reducing waste!) Plenty of fresh avocados and tomatoes actually make us feel good about serving this for dinner.

Yes, you could insist on salad on the side. Or you could take it easy it’s nachos night! Avocados are produce. Sour cream is deserved. Breathe. And don’t let them sic you with dishes.


Dinners So Easy Your Kids Can Make Them

It’s an idea so compelling that some smart entrepreneurs, such as Brooklyn’s The Dynamite Shop, have made it their business model. Have the kids make dinner. Maybe it’s hard to relinquish control to the young person you just watched try to parallel park for the first time. But you’re running around working or caretaking or doing any of those million things on your parent list. If you’ve got a teen in the house who you trust around a stove, let them make supper. Really. It’s one less thing. These are the no-marinating-required, last-minute, use-up-the-protein-and-veg dishes we entrust to our own big kids.

The best part, of course, forever? The’ll be so proud it’ll make you want to cry. (If you can swing it, we suggest lots of compliments instead.) If everything goes well, maybe you’ve just outsourced one thing on your list a couple nights a week. Imagine the gloriousness of that.

Yes, they can! Any kid obsessed with burritos will rejoice in burrito bowl night. (Pro tip: In a hangry pinch, pick up white rice from the Chinese restaurant nearby.) This is the way to use up that leftover chicken, the herbs about to go, the handful of beans. Burrito bowls work with nearly every roast veggie. You can crack a can of corn if you want to do so. Almost any cheese can work. And the possibility for failure? It’s blessedly low, because you can DIY your own dinner after your kid does all the prep work.

The hits just keep coming: pizza night! This veggie-centric pizza is dotted with bacon, yes, but you could easily leave it off. Home cooks who love to make pizza know a good mini-prep food processor is key. You can often avoid busting out the big guy for these pies, and that is key to not loathing the cooks (in a small way) when it’s cleanup time. This is another epic clean-out-the-fridge dish. Plus, hint, hint, those Brussels sprouts crisp up in almost caramelized fashion. It’s a heck of a way to get vegetables into your not-so-little ones.

When there are multiple kids, there will be multiple arguments. Think: Customizable. Think fast-and-dirty chili. This is the recipe test kitchen director Belle English swears by. No one can get mad if, ultimately, she made her own dinner bowl. Tomato paste is key to the top notes of sweetness in the dish. A bevy of pantry spices like chili powder, paprika, and paprika do the rest of the easy lifting. (Don’t be alarmed when you see beer in the ingredients! You can swap it out for chicken stock, no problem.)

Yum. There’s something about ravioli and tortellini that kids and adults just love. This easy pasta is a perennial hit with small and big folks alike. It’s tortellini alfredo. The pasta is store-bought. The sauce is a sort of fake-out, no-roux béchamel, and boy, is it good: butter and cream and plenty of Parmesan. The peas can be frozen, and they’re so creamy and buttery that it’s the rare kid who picks around them. Parsley is optional so is ham. It’s basically four core ingredients plus salt and pepper. Hello, weeknight winner.

Find us the kid who says “no” to nachos. We’ll wait! There’s a special sort of genius to this recipe, which is another one that’s ideal for leftover chicken. (Make the kid pick the meat off the bird you just roasted it’s fine. They’re learning about reducing waste!) Plenty of fresh avocados and tomatoes actually make us feel good about serving this for dinner.

Yes, you could insist on salad on the side. Or you could take it easy it’s nachos night! Avocados are produce. Sour cream is deserved. Breathe. And don’t let them sic you with dishes.


Dinners So Easy Your Kids Can Make Them

It’s an idea so compelling that some smart entrepreneurs, such as Brooklyn’s The Dynamite Shop, have made it their business model. Have the kids make dinner. Maybe it’s hard to relinquish control to the young person you just watched try to parallel park for the first time. But you’re running around working or caretaking or doing any of those million things on your parent list. If you’ve got a teen in the house who you trust around a stove, let them make supper. Really. It’s one less thing. These are the no-marinating-required, last-minute, use-up-the-protein-and-veg dishes we entrust to our own big kids.

The best part, of course, forever? The’ll be so proud it’ll make you want to cry. (If you can swing it, we suggest lots of compliments instead.) If everything goes well, maybe you’ve just outsourced one thing on your list a couple nights a week. Imagine the gloriousness of that.

Yes, they can! Any kid obsessed with burritos will rejoice in burrito bowl night. (Pro tip: In a hangry pinch, pick up white rice from the Chinese restaurant nearby.) This is the way to use up that leftover chicken, the herbs about to go, the handful of beans. Burrito bowls work with nearly every roast veggie. You can crack a can of corn if you want to do so. Almost any cheese can work. And the possibility for failure? It’s blessedly low, because you can DIY your own dinner after your kid does all the prep work.

The hits just keep coming: pizza night! This veggie-centric pizza is dotted with bacon, yes, but you could easily leave it off. Home cooks who love to make pizza know a good mini-prep food processor is key. You can often avoid busting out the big guy for these pies, and that is key to not loathing the cooks (in a small way) when it’s cleanup time. This is another epic clean-out-the-fridge dish. Plus, hint, hint, those Brussels sprouts crisp up in almost caramelized fashion. It’s a heck of a way to get vegetables into your not-so-little ones.

When there are multiple kids, there will be multiple arguments. Think: Customizable. Think fast-and-dirty chili. This is the recipe test kitchen director Belle English swears by. No one can get mad if, ultimately, she made her own dinner bowl. Tomato paste is key to the top notes of sweetness in the dish. A bevy of pantry spices like chili powder, paprika, and paprika do the rest of the easy lifting. (Don’t be alarmed when you see beer in the ingredients! You can swap it out for chicken stock, no problem.)

Yum. There’s something about ravioli and tortellini that kids and adults just love. This easy pasta is a perennial hit with small and big folks alike. It’s tortellini alfredo. The pasta is store-bought. The sauce is a sort of fake-out, no-roux béchamel, and boy, is it good: butter and cream and plenty of Parmesan. The peas can be frozen, and they’re so creamy and buttery that it’s the rare kid who picks around them. Parsley is optional so is ham. It’s basically four core ingredients plus salt and pepper. Hello, weeknight winner.

Find us the kid who says “no” to nachos. We’ll wait! There’s a special sort of genius to this recipe, which is another one that’s ideal for leftover chicken. (Make the kid pick the meat off the bird you just roasted it’s fine. They’re learning about reducing waste!) Plenty of fresh avocados and tomatoes actually make us feel good about serving this for dinner.

Yes, you could insist on salad on the side. Or you could take it easy it’s nachos night! Avocados are produce. Sour cream is deserved. Breathe. And don’t let them sic you with dishes.


Dinners So Easy Your Kids Can Make Them

It’s an idea so compelling that some smart entrepreneurs, such as Brooklyn’s The Dynamite Shop, have made it their business model. Have the kids make dinner. Maybe it’s hard to relinquish control to the young person you just watched try to parallel park for the first time. But you’re running around working or caretaking or doing any of those million things on your parent list. If you’ve got a teen in the house who you trust around a stove, let them make supper. Really. It’s one less thing. These are the no-marinating-required, last-minute, use-up-the-protein-and-veg dishes we entrust to our own big kids.

The best part, of course, forever? The’ll be so proud it’ll make you want to cry. (If you can swing it, we suggest lots of compliments instead.) If everything goes well, maybe you’ve just outsourced one thing on your list a couple nights a week. Imagine the gloriousness of that.

Yes, they can! Any kid obsessed with burritos will rejoice in burrito bowl night. (Pro tip: In a hangry pinch, pick up white rice from the Chinese restaurant nearby.) This is the way to use up that leftover chicken, the herbs about to go, the handful of beans. Burrito bowls work with nearly every roast veggie. You can crack a can of corn if you want to do so. Almost any cheese can work. And the possibility for failure? It’s blessedly low, because you can DIY your own dinner after your kid does all the prep work.

The hits just keep coming: pizza night! This veggie-centric pizza is dotted with bacon, yes, but you could easily leave it off. Home cooks who love to make pizza know a good mini-prep food processor is key. You can often avoid busting out the big guy for these pies, and that is key to not loathing the cooks (in a small way) when it’s cleanup time. This is another epic clean-out-the-fridge dish. Plus, hint, hint, those Brussels sprouts crisp up in almost caramelized fashion. It’s a heck of a way to get vegetables into your not-so-little ones.

When there are multiple kids, there will be multiple arguments. Think: Customizable. Think fast-and-dirty chili. This is the recipe test kitchen director Belle English swears by. No one can get mad if, ultimately, she made her own dinner bowl. Tomato paste is key to the top notes of sweetness in the dish. A bevy of pantry spices like chili powder, paprika, and paprika do the rest of the easy lifting. (Don’t be alarmed when you see beer in the ingredients! You can swap it out for chicken stock, no problem.)

Yum. There’s something about ravioli and tortellini that kids and adults just love. This easy pasta is a perennial hit with small and big folks alike. It’s tortellini alfredo. The pasta is store-bought. The sauce is a sort of fake-out, no-roux béchamel, and boy, is it good: butter and cream and plenty of Parmesan. The peas can be frozen, and they’re so creamy and buttery that it’s the rare kid who picks around them. Parsley is optional so is ham. It’s basically four core ingredients plus salt and pepper. Hello, weeknight winner.

Find us the kid who says “no” to nachos. We’ll wait! There’s a special sort of genius to this recipe, which is another one that’s ideal for leftover chicken. (Make the kid pick the meat off the bird you just roasted it’s fine. They’re learning about reducing waste!) Plenty of fresh avocados and tomatoes actually make us feel good about serving this for dinner.

Yes, you could insist on salad on the side. Or you could take it easy it’s nachos night! Avocados are produce. Sour cream is deserved. Breathe. And don’t let them sic you with dishes.


Dinners So Easy Your Kids Can Make Them

It’s an idea so compelling that some smart entrepreneurs, such as Brooklyn’s The Dynamite Shop, have made it their business model. Have the kids make dinner. Maybe it’s hard to relinquish control to the young person you just watched try to parallel park for the first time. But you’re running around working or caretaking or doing any of those million things on your parent list. If you’ve got a teen in the house who you trust around a stove, let them make supper. Really. It’s one less thing. These are the no-marinating-required, last-minute, use-up-the-protein-and-veg dishes we entrust to our own big kids.

The best part, of course, forever? The’ll be so proud it’ll make you want to cry. (If you can swing it, we suggest lots of compliments instead.) If everything goes well, maybe you’ve just outsourced one thing on your list a couple nights a week. Imagine the gloriousness of that.

Yes, they can! Any kid obsessed with burritos will rejoice in burrito bowl night. (Pro tip: In a hangry pinch, pick up white rice from the Chinese restaurant nearby.) This is the way to use up that leftover chicken, the herbs about to go, the handful of beans. Burrito bowls work with nearly every roast veggie. You can crack a can of corn if you want to do so. Almost any cheese can work. And the possibility for failure? It’s blessedly low, because you can DIY your own dinner after your kid does all the prep work.

The hits just keep coming: pizza night! This veggie-centric pizza is dotted with bacon, yes, but you could easily leave it off. Home cooks who love to make pizza know a good mini-prep food processor is key. You can often avoid busting out the big guy for these pies, and that is key to not loathing the cooks (in a small way) when it’s cleanup time. This is another epic clean-out-the-fridge dish. Plus, hint, hint, those Brussels sprouts crisp up in almost caramelized fashion. It’s a heck of a way to get vegetables into your not-so-little ones.

When there are multiple kids, there will be multiple arguments. Think: Customizable. Think fast-and-dirty chili. This is the recipe test kitchen director Belle English swears by. No one can get mad if, ultimately, she made her own dinner bowl. Tomato paste is key to the top notes of sweetness in the dish. A bevy of pantry spices like chili powder, paprika, and paprika do the rest of the easy lifting. (Don’t be alarmed when you see beer in the ingredients! You can swap it out for chicken stock, no problem.)

Yum. There’s something about ravioli and tortellini that kids and adults just love. This easy pasta is a perennial hit with small and big folks alike. It’s tortellini alfredo. The pasta is store-bought. The sauce is a sort of fake-out, no-roux béchamel, and boy, is it good: butter and cream and plenty of Parmesan. The peas can be frozen, and they’re so creamy and buttery that it’s the rare kid who picks around them. Parsley is optional so is ham. It’s basically four core ingredients plus salt and pepper. Hello, weeknight winner.

Find us the kid who says “no” to nachos. We’ll wait! There’s a special sort of genius to this recipe, which is another one that’s ideal for leftover chicken. (Make the kid pick the meat off the bird you just roasted it’s fine. They’re learning about reducing waste!) Plenty of fresh avocados and tomatoes actually make us feel good about serving this for dinner.

Yes, you could insist on salad on the side. Or you could take it easy it’s nachos night! Avocados are produce. Sour cream is deserved. Breathe. And don’t let them sic you with dishes.


Dinners So Easy Your Kids Can Make Them

It’s an idea so compelling that some smart entrepreneurs, such as Brooklyn’s The Dynamite Shop, have made it their business model. Have the kids make dinner. Maybe it’s hard to relinquish control to the young person you just watched try to parallel park for the first time. But you’re running around working or caretaking or doing any of those million things on your parent list. If you’ve got a teen in the house who you trust around a stove, let them make supper. Really. It’s one less thing. These are the no-marinating-required, last-minute, use-up-the-protein-and-veg dishes we entrust to our own big kids.

The best part, of course, forever? The’ll be so proud it’ll make you want to cry. (If you can swing it, we suggest lots of compliments instead.) If everything goes well, maybe you’ve just outsourced one thing on your list a couple nights a week. Imagine the gloriousness of that.

Yes, they can! Any kid obsessed with burritos will rejoice in burrito bowl night. (Pro tip: In a hangry pinch, pick up white rice from the Chinese restaurant nearby.) This is the way to use up that leftover chicken, the herbs about to go, the handful of beans. Burrito bowls work with nearly every roast veggie. You can crack a can of corn if you want to do so. Almost any cheese can work. And the possibility for failure? It’s blessedly low, because you can DIY your own dinner after your kid does all the prep work.

The hits just keep coming: pizza night! This veggie-centric pizza is dotted with bacon, yes, but you could easily leave it off. Home cooks who love to make pizza know a good mini-prep food processor is key. You can often avoid busting out the big guy for these pies, and that is key to not loathing the cooks (in a small way) when it’s cleanup time. This is another epic clean-out-the-fridge dish. Plus, hint, hint, those Brussels sprouts crisp up in almost caramelized fashion. It’s a heck of a way to get vegetables into your not-so-little ones.

When there are multiple kids, there will be multiple arguments. Think: Customizable. Think fast-and-dirty chili. This is the recipe test kitchen director Belle English swears by. No one can get mad if, ultimately, she made her own dinner bowl. Tomato paste is key to the top notes of sweetness in the dish. A bevy of pantry spices like chili powder, paprika, and paprika do the rest of the easy lifting. (Don’t be alarmed when you see beer in the ingredients! You can swap it out for chicken stock, no problem.)

Yum. There’s something about ravioli and tortellini that kids and adults just love. This easy pasta is a perennial hit with small and big folks alike. It’s tortellini alfredo. The pasta is store-bought. The sauce is a sort of fake-out, no-roux béchamel, and boy, is it good: butter and cream and plenty of Parmesan. The peas can be frozen, and they’re so creamy and buttery that it’s the rare kid who picks around them. Parsley is optional so is ham. It’s basically four core ingredients plus salt and pepper. Hello, weeknight winner.

Find us the kid who says “no” to nachos. We’ll wait! There’s a special sort of genius to this recipe, which is another one that’s ideal for leftover chicken. (Make the kid pick the meat off the bird you just roasted it’s fine. They’re learning about reducing waste!) Plenty of fresh avocados and tomatoes actually make us feel good about serving this for dinner.

Yes, you could insist on salad on the side. Or you could take it easy it’s nachos night! Avocados are produce. Sour cream is deserved. Breathe. And don’t let them sic you with dishes.


Dinners So Easy Your Kids Can Make Them

It’s an idea so compelling that some smart entrepreneurs, such as Brooklyn’s The Dynamite Shop, have made it their business model. Have the kids make dinner. Maybe it’s hard to relinquish control to the young person you just watched try to parallel park for the first time. But you’re running around working or caretaking or doing any of those million things on your parent list. If you’ve got a teen in the house who you trust around a stove, let them make supper. Really. It’s one less thing. These are the no-marinating-required, last-minute, use-up-the-protein-and-veg dishes we entrust to our own big kids.

The best part, of course, forever? The’ll be so proud it’ll make you want to cry. (If you can swing it, we suggest lots of compliments instead.) If everything goes well, maybe you’ve just outsourced one thing on your list a couple nights a week. Imagine the gloriousness of that.

Yes, they can! Any kid obsessed with burritos will rejoice in burrito bowl night. (Pro tip: In a hangry pinch, pick up white rice from the Chinese restaurant nearby.) This is the way to use up that leftover chicken, the herbs about to go, the handful of beans. Burrito bowls work with nearly every roast veggie. You can crack a can of corn if you want to do so. Almost any cheese can work. And the possibility for failure? It’s blessedly low, because you can DIY your own dinner after your kid does all the prep work.

The hits just keep coming: pizza night! This veggie-centric pizza is dotted with bacon, yes, but you could easily leave it off. Home cooks who love to make pizza know a good mini-prep food processor is key. You can often avoid busting out the big guy for these pies, and that is key to not loathing the cooks (in a small way) when it’s cleanup time. This is another epic clean-out-the-fridge dish. Plus, hint, hint, those Brussels sprouts crisp up in almost caramelized fashion. It’s a heck of a way to get vegetables into your not-so-little ones.

When there are multiple kids, there will be multiple arguments. Think: Customizable. Think fast-and-dirty chili. This is the recipe test kitchen director Belle English swears by. No one can get mad if, ultimately, she made her own dinner bowl. Tomato paste is key to the top notes of sweetness in the dish. A bevy of pantry spices like chili powder, paprika, and paprika do the rest of the easy lifting. (Don’t be alarmed when you see beer in the ingredients! You can swap it out for chicken stock, no problem.)

Yum. There’s something about ravioli and tortellini that kids and adults just love. This easy pasta is a perennial hit with small and big folks alike. It’s tortellini alfredo. The pasta is store-bought. The sauce is a sort of fake-out, no-roux béchamel, and boy, is it good: butter and cream and plenty of Parmesan. The peas can be frozen, and they’re so creamy and buttery that it’s the rare kid who picks around them. Parsley is optional so is ham. It’s basically four core ingredients plus salt and pepper. Hello, weeknight winner.

Find us the kid who says “no” to nachos. We’ll wait! There’s a special sort of genius to this recipe, which is another one that’s ideal for leftover chicken. (Make the kid pick the meat off the bird you just roasted it’s fine. They’re learning about reducing waste!) Plenty of fresh avocados and tomatoes actually make us feel good about serving this for dinner.

Yes, you could insist on salad on the side. Or you could take it easy it’s nachos night! Avocados are produce. Sour cream is deserved. Breathe. And don’t let them sic you with dishes.


Dinners So Easy Your Kids Can Make Them

It’s an idea so compelling that some smart entrepreneurs, such as Brooklyn’s The Dynamite Shop, have made it their business model. Have the kids make dinner. Maybe it’s hard to relinquish control to the young person you just watched try to parallel park for the first time. But you’re running around working or caretaking or doing any of those million things on your parent list. If you’ve got a teen in the house who you trust around a stove, let them make supper. Really. It’s one less thing. These are the no-marinating-required, last-minute, use-up-the-protein-and-veg dishes we entrust to our own big kids.

The best part, of course, forever? The’ll be so proud it’ll make you want to cry. (If you can swing it, we suggest lots of compliments instead.) If everything goes well, maybe you’ve just outsourced one thing on your list a couple nights a week. Imagine the gloriousness of that.

Yes, they can! Any kid obsessed with burritos will rejoice in burrito bowl night. (Pro tip: In a hangry pinch, pick up white rice from the Chinese restaurant nearby.) This is the way to use up that leftover chicken, the herbs about to go, the handful of beans. Burrito bowls work with nearly every roast veggie. You can crack a can of corn if you want to do so. Almost any cheese can work. And the possibility for failure? It’s blessedly low, because you can DIY your own dinner after your kid does all the prep work.

The hits just keep coming: pizza night! This veggie-centric pizza is dotted with bacon, yes, but you could easily leave it off. Home cooks who love to make pizza know a good mini-prep food processor is key. You can often avoid busting out the big guy for these pies, and that is key to not loathing the cooks (in a small way) when it’s cleanup time. This is another epic clean-out-the-fridge dish. Plus, hint, hint, those Brussels sprouts crisp up in almost caramelized fashion. It’s a heck of a way to get vegetables into your not-so-little ones.

When there are multiple kids, there will be multiple arguments. Think: Customizable. Think fast-and-dirty chili. This is the recipe test kitchen director Belle English swears by. No one can get mad if, ultimately, she made her own dinner bowl. Tomato paste is key to the top notes of sweetness in the dish. A bevy of pantry spices like chili powder, paprika, and paprika do the rest of the easy lifting. (Don’t be alarmed when you see beer in the ingredients! You can swap it out for chicken stock, no problem.)

Yum. There’s something about ravioli and tortellini that kids and adults just love. This easy pasta is a perennial hit with small and big folks alike. It’s tortellini alfredo. The pasta is store-bought. The sauce is a sort of fake-out, no-roux béchamel, and boy, is it good: butter and cream and plenty of Parmesan. The peas can be frozen, and they’re so creamy and buttery that it’s the rare kid who picks around them. Parsley is optional so is ham. It’s basically four core ingredients plus salt and pepper. Hello, weeknight winner.

Find us the kid who says “no” to nachos. We’ll wait! There’s a special sort of genius to this recipe, which is another one that’s ideal for leftover chicken. (Make the kid pick the meat off the bird you just roasted it’s fine. They’re learning about reducing waste!) Plenty of fresh avocados and tomatoes actually make us feel good about serving this for dinner.

Yes, you could insist on salad on the side. Or you could take it easy it’s nachos night! Avocados are produce. Sour cream is deserved. Breathe. And don’t let them sic you with dishes.


Dinners So Easy Your Kids Can Make Them

It’s an idea so compelling that some smart entrepreneurs, such as Brooklyn’s The Dynamite Shop, have made it their business model. Have the kids make dinner. Maybe it’s hard to relinquish control to the young person you just watched try to parallel park for the first time. But you’re running around working or caretaking or doing any of those million things on your parent list. If you’ve got a teen in the house who you trust around a stove, let them make supper. Really. It’s one less thing. These are the no-marinating-required, last-minute, use-up-the-protein-and-veg dishes we entrust to our own big kids.

The best part, of course, forever? The’ll be so proud it’ll make you want to cry. (If you can swing it, we suggest lots of compliments instead.) If everything goes well, maybe you’ve just outsourced one thing on your list a couple nights a week. Imagine the gloriousness of that.

Yes, they can! Any kid obsessed with burritos will rejoice in burrito bowl night. (Pro tip: In a hangry pinch, pick up white rice from the Chinese restaurant nearby.) This is the way to use up that leftover chicken, the herbs about to go, the handful of beans. Burrito bowls work with nearly every roast veggie. You can crack a can of corn if you want to do so. Almost any cheese can work. And the possibility for failure? It’s blessedly low, because you can DIY your own dinner after your kid does all the prep work.

The hits just keep coming: pizza night! This veggie-centric pizza is dotted with bacon, yes, but you could easily leave it off. Home cooks who love to make pizza know a good mini-prep food processor is key. You can often avoid busting out the big guy for these pies, and that is key to not loathing the cooks (in a small way) when it’s cleanup time. This is another epic clean-out-the-fridge dish. Plus, hint, hint, those Brussels sprouts crisp up in almost caramelized fashion. It’s a heck of a way to get vegetables into your not-so-little ones.

When there are multiple kids, there will be multiple arguments. Think: Customizable. Think fast-and-dirty chili. This is the recipe test kitchen director Belle English swears by. No one can get mad if, ultimately, she made her own dinner bowl. Tomato paste is key to the top notes of sweetness in the dish. A bevy of pantry spices like chili powder, paprika, and paprika do the rest of the easy lifting. (Don’t be alarmed when you see beer in the ingredients! You can swap it out for chicken stock, no problem.)

Yum. There’s something about ravioli and tortellini that kids and adults just love. This easy pasta is a perennial hit with small and big folks alike. It’s tortellini alfredo. The pasta is store-bought. The sauce is a sort of fake-out, no-roux béchamel, and boy, is it good: butter and cream and plenty of Parmesan. The peas can be frozen, and they’re so creamy and buttery that it’s the rare kid who picks around them. Parsley is optional so is ham. It’s basically four core ingredients plus salt and pepper. Hello, weeknight winner.

Find us the kid who says “no” to nachos. We’ll wait! There’s a special sort of genius to this recipe, which is another one that’s ideal for leftover chicken. (Make the kid pick the meat off the bird you just roasted it’s fine. They’re learning about reducing waste!) Plenty of fresh avocados and tomatoes actually make us feel good about serving this for dinner.

Yes, you could insist on salad on the side. Or you could take it easy it’s nachos night! Avocados are produce. Sour cream is deserved. Breathe. And don’t let them sic you with dishes.


Dinners So Easy Your Kids Can Make Them

It’s an idea so compelling that some smart entrepreneurs, such as Brooklyn’s The Dynamite Shop, have made it their business model. Have the kids make dinner. Maybe it’s hard to relinquish control to the young person you just watched try to parallel park for the first time. But you’re running around working or caretaking or doing any of those million things on your parent list. If you’ve got a teen in the house who you trust around a stove, let them make supper. Really. It’s one less thing. These are the no-marinating-required, last-minute, use-up-the-protein-and-veg dishes we entrust to our own big kids.

The best part, of course, forever? The’ll be so proud it’ll make you want to cry. (If you can swing it, we suggest lots of compliments instead.) If everything goes well, maybe you’ve just outsourced one thing on your list a couple nights a week. Imagine the gloriousness of that.

Yes, they can! Any kid obsessed with burritos will rejoice in burrito bowl night. (Pro tip: In a hangry pinch, pick up white rice from the Chinese restaurant nearby.) This is the way to use up that leftover chicken, the herbs about to go, the handful of beans. Burrito bowls work with nearly every roast veggie. You can crack a can of corn if you want to do so. Almost any cheese can work. And the possibility for failure? It’s blessedly low, because you can DIY your own dinner after your kid does all the prep work.

The hits just keep coming: pizza night! This veggie-centric pizza is dotted with bacon, yes, but you could easily leave it off. Home cooks who love to make pizza know a good mini-prep food processor is key. You can often avoid busting out the big guy for these pies, and that is key to not loathing the cooks (in a small way) when it’s cleanup time. This is another epic clean-out-the-fridge dish. Plus, hint, hint, those Brussels sprouts crisp up in almost caramelized fashion. It’s a heck of a way to get vegetables into your not-so-little ones.

When there are multiple kids, there will be multiple arguments. Think: Customizable. Think fast-and-dirty chili. This is the recipe test kitchen director Belle English swears by. No one can get mad if, ultimately, she made her own dinner bowl. Tomato paste is key to the top notes of sweetness in the dish. A bevy of pantry spices like chili powder, paprika, and paprika do the rest of the easy lifting. (Don’t be alarmed when you see beer in the ingredients! You can swap it out for chicken stock, no problem.)

Yum. There’s something about ravioli and tortellini that kids and adults just love. This easy pasta is a perennial hit with small and big folks alike. It’s tortellini alfredo. The pasta is store-bought. The sauce is a sort of fake-out, no-roux béchamel, and boy, is it good: butter and cream and plenty of Parmesan. The peas can be frozen, and they’re so creamy and buttery that it’s the rare kid who picks around them. Parsley is optional so is ham. It’s basically four core ingredients plus salt and pepper. Hello, weeknight winner.

Find us the kid who says “no” to nachos. We’ll wait! There’s a special sort of genius to this recipe, which is another one that’s ideal for leftover chicken. (Make the kid pick the meat off the bird you just roasted it’s fine. They’re learning about reducing waste!) Plenty of fresh avocados and tomatoes actually make us feel good about serving this for dinner.

Yes, you could insist on salad on the side. Or you could take it easy it’s nachos night! Avocados are produce. Sour cream is deserved. Breathe. And don’t let them sic you with dishes.