Food & Recipes

If there’s one thing that unites us all as mothers, it’s that we have to somehow get food on the table to feed our families (every.single. day…who knew?) Many of us are trying to do so with as little time, money and effort spent as possible, since, ya know, we kinda have other things to worry about too. I love to cook, but I have pretty strict criteria when it comes to recipes: they have to be 1) Inexpensive 2) Easy to make 3) Delicious and 4) Relatively healthy. On this page you’ll find a collection of my favorite recipes (some my own, others from much better cooks than myself) that all meet this criteria. If you have a recipe your family loves that you’d like me to try/feature, please feel free to email me at melissa@one-mother-to-another with the subject line: RECIPE.

  • Kitchen Sink Granola - I absolutely love granola. It’s one of my all time favorite snack foods–in a bowl with milk, mixed into yogurt or just by the fistful. But a small bag of granola typically runs me somewhere in the $5+ range and, since we have a pretty strict grocery budget these days, I don’t often buy it anymore. […]
  • Recipe: Quick + Healthy Granola Bites - Like my friend Whitney over at We’re Only Hsuman, I’ve been food-prepping like a madwoman this past week, trying to get everything in order for when baby #2 arrives. In addition to making some frozen meals for the whole family, I’ve also wanted to have some healthy snacks on-hand that Chase will like for when I’m […]
  • Guest Post: Biscuits & Crazy’s 20 Minute Chicken Wings - I spent my college years slinging wings at a mediocre restaurant (no…not Hooters). After spending years working there, I vowed I would never again eat wings. Then I had kids and I learned the importance of food small enough for tiny hands. So here I am almost 15 years later (hey- I said almost) slinging […]
  • Hail to the Almighty Jäger Burger - As many of you know, I adore Briton of Punk Rock Papa, who is my daily dose of parenthood comic relief and my real life friend who just happens to live about 20 minutes from me. Today he’s gracing OMTA with his presence to bring us one of his family’s favorite recipes that he deemed fit […]
  • Recipe Roundup: Delicious Pesto Meals - My mom is full-blooded Italian, so I grew up eating lots of authentic Italian dishes. One of my absolute favorites as a kid was pasta with homemade pesto sauce; I could eat huge heaping bowls of it, oil dripping down my chin, and still want seconds and thirds. When I first started learning to cook, […]
  • Recipe Roundup: 4/24 - I’m trying a slightly different format for this Recipe Roundup, since it seems like many of you prefer mostly dinner recipes (and that’s really where I have the most diversity in our meal planning anyway.) All of the following are recipes that we’ve personally made and eaten in the past couple weeks, so I can […]
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  • Thai Peanut Chicken Salad - I will eat almost anything covered in peanut butter. If you offered me a cricket smothered in Jiffy, I’d be hard-pressed to turn it down. So, naturally, peanut sauce is one of my most favorite additions to liven up a dish. I often use it with stirfrys, but have yet to make a salad with it. […]
  • Strawberry Shortcake Muffins - Breakfast has always been my favorite meal and my new life’s work is to get Chase to love it with the same passion. (My husband is a lost cause: he’s been eating Honey Nut Cheerios with 2% milk every day since I met him 12 years ago..but I digress.) Consequently, I’m always on the hunt […]
  • Thin Mint Chocolate Parfaits - I LOVE anything including chocolate pudding and, like the rest of the free world, I have a serious weakness for Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies. I decided that I’d try my hand at combining the two into one delicious chocolate parfait. The result is nothing short of incredibly decadent (without a ton of calories, I […]
  • Recipe Roundup: Friday the 13th Edition! - Since so many of my fabulous readers seem to love when I post new recipes for them to try, I decided to do a weekly Recipe Roundup where I feature a handful of recipes that I really love from either my own kitchen or around the interwebs. Each week will feature a different breakfast, lunch, dinner […]
  • 10 Tips for Getting Your Picky Toddler to Eat - Since the time Chase started eating solid food, it became clear to me that we were very much alone in trying to navigate our way through that new realm. Neither of his pediatricians were helpful in that department and we were left to sort of wander alone and hope we figured it out along the […]
  • How to Host a Make Your Own Pizza Party - On the night that my labor with Chase began, we had friends over for homemade pizza, so I decided the best way to celebrate and commemorate his first year of life would be with a make-your-own pizza party. I was a little bit worried beforehand about how it would work logistically (even with just our immediate families, there […]
  • Recipe Roundup: 2/15 - Since so many of my fabulous readers seem to love when I post new recipes for them to try, I decided to do a weekly Recipe Roundup where I feature a handful of recipes that I really love from either my own kitchen or around the interwebs. Each week will feature a different breakfast, lunch, dinner […]
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  • Recipe Roundup: 2/10 - Since so many of my fabulous readers seem to love when I post new recipes for them to try, I decided to do a weekly Recipe Roundup where I feature a handful of recipes that I really love from either my own kitchen or around the interwebs. If you have a recipe you’d like to submit […]
  • 12 Hearty Soups to Keep You Warm This Winter - As soon as the cold weather hits (let’s be honest, it’s more like the end of August) I can’t wait to fire up the stockpot and start making soups. There’s just something about soup after a day of church and football that comforts me, so I make one every Sunday and then have the leftovers for […]
  • How I Keep Our Grocery Bill Under $100/week Without Couponing - Back when Adam and I were first married, we wasted a lot of food and ended up taking several trips each week to the grocery store, simply because we didn’t plan well for our weekly meals. I can’t tell you how many times I threw out untouched heads of lettuce or a whole bunch of brown […]
  • Guest Post: Pediatric Dietician, Anne London, On Feeding Your Baby in the First Year - This week, we welcome Anne London M.S., R.D., Pediatric/Family Registered Dietician & Nutritionist, to talk about feeding your baby in the first year. This is something I struggled with since neither of my son’s pediatricians offered much advice or information in the way of feeding and I was pretty clueless as a first time mother. […]
  • 7 Simple Ways to Add Some Flair to Your Turkey Day - I wanted a little Turkey Day decor, but nothing over-the-top that would overwhelm me, be too time consuming or cost more than a few dollars to pull together. So, Chase and I headed over to Michael's and went browsing in search of inspiration. For around $10, here's what we made: