By Holly V. Gray

Kid Favorites

Vegan Ranch Dressing

Vegan Ranch Dressing

Confession: I’ve fallen into a bit of a junk food snacking rut over the last few weeks. Is it my imagination or are the snack food aisles at the supermarket really so much better this time of year? I may have gotten a little carried […]

Roasted Chickpeas and Edamame

Roasted Chickpeas and Edamame

Introducing my current favorite snack… roasted chickpeas and edamame. Loaded with protein and so super easy to throw together. I usually like to keep it simple and only season with salt and pepper but you could absolutely customize with all sorts of seasonings. Chili powder, curry, garlic […]

Crunchy Homemade Granola Bars

Crunchy Homemade Granola Bars

The kids are back in school this week, mornings are in the 60’s here, and the leaves are beginning to hint at fall colors. All this makes me want to run out and buy pumpkins but I’ll resist that urge for now. I did pick up […]

Dairy-Free Strawberry and Banana Smoothie

Dairy-Free Strawberry and Banana Smoothie

We’re on a smoothie kick lately and they’re not just for breakfast anymore. We’re making smoothies after dinner and enjoying them as a healthy dessert! And this vegan version of the classic strawberry and banana smoothie is definitely one of our many new favorites!

Veggie Muffins – Toddler Approved and Gluten Free

Veggie Muffins – Toddler Approved and Gluten Free

Hi! Welcome to This Wife Cooks! Today, we’re making stealthily healthy muffins everyone in the family will love! Our 3-year old will try just about any vegetable placed in front of her.  She doesn’t necessarily love every vegetable we introduce her to though and zucchini […]

Green Beans with Pesto

Green Beans with Pesto

Don’t you love how sometimes the simplest dishes can be so tasty? Our youngest turned three yesterday so I made some of her favorites for dinner last night.  Slow cooker mac & cheese (more on that another day), honey drizzled carrot fries (another big hit) […]

How to Make the Perfect Shirley Temple

How to Make the Perfect Shirley Temple

I don’t think there’s a girl out there who doesn’t love Shirley Temples.  This classic kids’ cocktail has been my older daughter’s favorite restaurant treat for years.  Just a few nights ago, we wanted to go out for dinner and gave her the honor of […]

4th of July Flag Toast and Watermelon Stars

4th of July Flag Toast and Watermelon Stars

4th of July food has historically been all about lunch around here, with leftovers available for grazing throughout the remainder of the day.  This year, we switched things up a bit by going out for lunch and saving the big All-American feast for dinner.  But […]

Toddler-Approved Pasta Dinner

Toddler-Approved Pasta Dinner

Do you buy canned raviolis and o’s for your little one?  If so, stop it right now!  It’s way too easy (and cheap) to make your own!  My two-year old loved this today and even the 20-year old gave it a thumbs up. Notes: * […]


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