Summer Vegetable Tart

July 31, 2014  |  Dinner, Easy, Lunch, Savory, Vegetables  |  41 Comments

Where’s the beef, chicken, pork . . . meat anything? Nope. Well at least not here, not today. Although, yes, I did have grilled chicken with this summer vegetable tart for my protein.

Easy Summer Veggie Tart with Real Food by Dad

I could have easily roasted all these veggies, then just doled some out onto plates, but I decided to make it a tart. It’s the one way I can make sure my boys eat more of their veggies. There’s just something about finger food that makes kids eat more. Plate this as veggies alone and I’ll see three bites at best and the rest of the time will be spent pushing it from one side of the plate to the other.

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Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

July 29, 2014  |  Appetizers, Cheese, Chicken, Dinner, Easy, Lunch, Savory  |  74 Comments

If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m a huge sandwich fan. You can find some of my standbys here, here, here and here. So while I could have stuffed these Chicken Parmesan Meatballs in a sandwich, I left them as is.

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs by Real Food by Dad

This way, we could eat them over pasta, on polenta, or in a sandwich. Although they were so good, we ate most of them on sticks dipped in marinara. The whole “making something else to go with it” is great when you have time and aren’t running on only breakfast at 4 pm.

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Easy Brownie Pop Recipe

Here’s an easy brownie pop recipe that is dad-friendly, kid-friendly and time-friendly. As you can imagine, I’m not one to get elbow deep in cake pops, like Naomi will sometimes knockout. But I do know the value of food on a stick. It’s always a hit with adults and kids alike.

Easy Brownie Pop Recipe by Real Food by Dad

What’s even better about these brownie pops is they are so easy that I put my kid to work with me for this post. Here’s the thing –  no matter how much I love summer and all the time I spend with my boys, it never seems like it’s enough for them. No, I’m not complaining.

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