A Thanksgiving Mini-Cookbook for My Kids

by Bettina Elias Siegel on November 26, 2014

As my kitchen is filling with the Thanksgiving aromas of roasting sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and the spiced pecans I make every year, it occurred to me that I ought to gather for my kids not just my recipes but the hard-earned nuggets of cooking wisdom I’ve accumulated over many years of making this meal. So all morning, […]

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This Halloween is a bittersweet one for me and Mr. TLT:  for the first time, neither of our kids are going trick-or-treating!  Our 14-year-old daughter will be out of town but doesn’t seem especially bothered that she’ll miss the ritual, and our son, aged twelve, declared he was “over it” and that he’d rather pass out candy at our front door. […]


Continuing with TLT’s 5th annual “It Takes a Village to Pack a Lunch” series, today I’m sharing my recent interview with Lisa Leak, blogger at 100 Days of Real Food.  Last week I reviewed her fabulous new cookbook which, Lisa reported this morning on Facebook, has already made the New York Times bestseller list!  That recognition […]


Guest Blogger Brianne DeRosa: “Little Known Lunch Secrets”

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 3, 2014

On day two of TLT’s “It Takes a Village to Pack a Lunch” series, I’m so happy to turn the floor over to Brianne DeRosa, a busy mom of two young sons who blogs regularly at Red Round or Green.  When it comes to family dinner, Bri is a master of the art of advanced planning and […]


TLT’s Table: Three Savory Fruit Ideas for Kids

by Bettina Elias Siegel on July 23, 2014

When the school food policy stuff starts getting really heavy around here, as it certainly has this week, I sometimes like to take a head-clearing break by sharing a recipe or a fun kid/food idea with you. A while back, I told you how my veggie-averse son (he’s getting better, really!) used to spurn what I thought was […]


A Mom Says, Just Leave the Snacks at Home!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on March 31, 2014

A few months ago, I shared on Facebook and Twitter a terrific piece in Parents magazine about how today’s kids are being offered food more often than ever before.  Written by Real Mom Nutrition‘s Sally Kuzemchak, “The Snack Epidemic” reported that: In the late 1970s, the average kid between the ages of 2 and 6 ate one snack […]


Gatorade Pulls Anti-Water Video, And How to Protest This Campaign

by Bettina Elias Siegel on January 9, 2014

I want to update you on yesterday’s Lunch Tray post, in which I shared Nancy Huehnergarth’s excellent reporting on a Gatorade video game which was explicitly designed to teach kids that “water is the enemy” of athletic performance. In that piece, Nancy linked to a video created by Gatorade’s media agency in which it explained […]


Cooking with Kids on Food Day!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on October 24, 2013

Happy Food Day, TLT’ers! As most of you know, Food Day is an annual, nationwide celebration of healthy, sustainable and affordable food and a campaign for better food policies.  In the past we’ve celebrated Food Day on The Lunch Tray in a variety of ways, including some fun “virtual dinner parties” hosted with my fellow food […]


While this blog was dominated by the discussion of Chinese-processed chicken in school meals, a lot has been going on in the kid-and-food-news world.  Here’s a quick roundup to keep you up to speed. First Lady Addresses Problem of Junk Food Marketing to Kids On September 19th, Michelle Obama convened a landmark summit at the […]


A public school child is taught reading literacy with McDonald’s-branded materials.   A teacher hands a child a McDonald’s restaurant coupon as a reward for good performance.  Schools raise money through McTeacher Nights where the school staff dishes out fast food for students and their families. What do you think about these incursions by McDonald’s into […]