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Recipes and Snacks For My Picky Eater Kids

by Eden Godsoe, posted to Food & Drink

My kids (especially my 7 year old son) are pretty picky eaters. As a full-time working mom, I am not usually the one making their meals or sitting with them while they eat. I pulled together these recipes and snack ideas to share with our au pair & nanny as well as to try myself.


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Krista: I LOVE Kale chips! I will tell you that they sell some amazing ones at the Ferry Building Farmer's Market in SF if you don't feel like cooking them yourself... :)

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