Fix Me A Snack

A blog created by a mom who got sick of feeding her kids crackers and ice cream

Don’t tell anyone, but did you know that people just give you new cookbooks when you’re a food blogger? And sometimes they even give you recipes to share. Even really good recipes. Take, for instance, these brilliant pinwheels from Parents Need To Eat Too by the lovely Ms. Debbie Koenig.

Oh, how I wish this cookbook existed when I was a new mum. I think my husband and I made quesadillas and spaghetti for many months. I vividly remember not being able to tackle any recipe that involved chopping of any sort until the baby was at least 6 months old. I’d read a recipe that called for peeling and chopping an onion and roll my eyes and mumble something like, “Yeah, like that’s ever going to happen.”

The author of Parents Need To Eat Too has been there and has amassed a stunning array of parent-friendly recipes that would have broken even me out of my quesadilla and take-out pizza rut. It includes exciting recipes for a variety one-handed meals such as these pinwheels, slow cooker delicacies, recipes broken down into stages so most of the work can be done during naps, as well as recipes that support breastfeeding.

If you’d like to win a copy of Parents Need To Eat Too, comment on this post and tell us how you keep yourself fed when you have a new babe in the house. I’ll pick a winner next Saturday, February 18th at 7pm EST using

Update 2-18-2012: And the winner is Christy! Thanks to everyone for your comments. 

Broccoli and Cheddar Pinwheels Recipe from Parents Need To Eat Too

1 pound prepared pizza dough, white or
whole wheat
2¹⁄₂ cups finely chopped broccoli, or one 10-ounce package of frozen chopped broccoli, defrosted and finely chopped
1 to 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 425°F. Line or grease a baking sheet.

1. Remove pizza dough from the refrigerator 30 minutes to 1 hour before you plan to use it.

2. Steam the broccoli until just tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Cool slightly, then combine broccoli with the Cheddar, mustard, and salt and pepper to taste.

3. Roll or stretch the dough on a floured work surface into a large rectangle, about 10 x 14 inches. Don’t worry if you can’t get those exact measurements, but take care not to stretch the dough so thin it rips.

4. Spread the broccoli mixture over about three-quarters of the dough, leaving an uncoated portion at one short side. Begin to roll the dough from the short side covered with the broccoli spread, and keep rolling until you’ve got a nice, neat log of dough.

5. using a serrated knife or a pastry scraper, cut the log into 8 equal pinwheels. Carefully lay the pinwheels flat on the prepared baking sheet, and bake until crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted, 15 to 20 minutes.

Yield: 8, easily doubled
Cooking time: 1 hour (20 minutes active)


  1. I tried to make meals that could be prepped in advance, so that I could do parts of the prep work during naps, and just pop it in the oven or heat on the stove when it was time for dinner. My son was born in May, so all summer I just ate lots of fruit and salads for lunch – quick, easy and refreshing.

  2. Shannon McLaughlin
    10:09 pm on February 12th, 2012

    I would have easy to prepare things on hand. Such as: hamburger helper, tuna, or salads. I would also keep on hand healthy choice steamer meals as well.

  3. as i’m expecting baby number three, i’d love to take a peek at this new book!

    for me, preparing for a new baby means lots of meals prepared in advance and put away in the freezer for those first few days/weeks/months of new baby haze.

  4. elvonee
    11:53 pm on February 12th, 2012

    Well, I don’t have any kids (not even preggers), but I’m so organised I’ve started thinking about what I’ll do when the time comes! (lol) I’ve been considering buying a standalone freezer to store stuff beforehand. Other than that I’m not sure! Teach my other half to cook? Hmm, I’m doomed to take-away :)

  5. Ginny
    5:54 am on February 13th, 2012

    We were really blessed to have meal delivery from my mother’s group with our second. It was so helpful. With the first, my husband did a lot of the cooking. If we have another, I think we will probably stash some meals in the freezer ahead of time.

  6. Lesley M.
    10:35 am on February 13th, 2012

    #2 is due in July and we’ve started our practice freezer meals though we’re not how sure we are that we’ll be up to eating soup in the summertime. With #1, we ate way too much take out or I would eat cereal and granola bars until my husband got home to cook (way too fussy baby that only slept being held…still fussy ;)) so I’d like to avoid all that and besides I can’t sustain a toddler on cereal and granola bars in good conscience.

  7. Sheryl C.
    10:56 am on February 13th, 2012

    I make huge batches of spaghetti sauce and chili and freeze them in family size portions (double zipper bags). Each week I take one out. I have also learned to use my crock pot.

  8. Tracy
    1:17 pm on February 13th, 2012

    Perfect timing! We have a newborn and I’d be fibbing if I said that dinner is on the table every night like clockwork! Right now my only saving grace is menu planning. If I don’t know what I’m making ahead of time I lose it altogether. 5pm rolls around and I’m scrambling. This book looks like the BEST addition to our growing family right about now!

  9. MBM
    1:21 pm on February 13th, 2012

    I kept myself fed by making extra for meals. I could grab something out of the refrigerator (and usually eat it cold).

  10. Stephanie
    1:45 pm on February 13th, 2012

    My friends and I put together a recipebook with all healthy and freezer friendly meals. When someone is pregnant, we work on stocking her freezer. Nothing tastes better than meals lovingly put together by friends when you feel like your whole world just got turned upside down! We also do it once a year for any single or couple-only housholds, too, so everyone feels the love.

  11. Miranda
    1:50 pm on February 13th, 2012

    I relied on my husband to do a lof of the cooking.

  12. Jessica
    2:07 pm on February 13th, 2012

    These look really easy as well as really yummy. The best thing is I bet my kids would actually eat these since they all love cheese, bread in any form and broccoli!

  13. veronika
    2:51 pm on February 13th, 2012

    This sounds like a great book!!

    When i do my grocery shopping, i try to pick up healthy, quick snacks to give me energy to chase my 2 boys around. Apples and almonds, yougurt with fruit and granola. lots of salads!

  14. Jessica Fairbairn
    3:05 pm on February 13th, 2012

    I try to make meals ahead of time and freeze them…also am lucky to have a mom who does the same for me!

  15. Heather
    3:51 pm on February 13th, 2012

    This looks like a great book! One of my kids always wants to be held, so the one-handed meals would be great. Before my first, a friend helped me prepare and freeze meals. For the second, members from my mother’s group brought meals over.

  16. Andrea
    4:08 pm on February 13th, 2012

    How did we keep ourselves fed? Grandma :) truthfully, it was all such a blur I hardly remember !

  17. Pasta, pasta and more pasta!

  18. Megan
    8:53 pm on February 13th, 2012

    Do I have to be a parent to appreciate this? I don’t think so! Even if I don’t win, I think I’ll be getting this cookbook.

  19. Julie
    10:44 pm on February 13th, 2012

    Love the idea behind this cookbook! Hope I win it

  20. Looks like something I’d love to try out! I have a new baby due in a couple of weeks here. :) How do I stay fed? Hm… by having hubby bring me finger foods? lol, Easy recipes like this sound great!

  21. Susan
    1:36 am on February 15th, 2012

    I don’t have kids, but my mom had two, two years apart. She went long periods of time without eating which wasn’t good for her. She took really good care of us feeding us all of our meals and snacks. I would ask my wonderful hubby to make snacks for me.

  22. Hard to remember how we survived those early meals that we actually had to fix ourselves, but I did a lot of snacking on dried fruit, nuts, and granola. We also came to love our deep freezer and a meal swap with other local parents. I love that this cookbook has a section of one-handed meals; mastering that is such an acquired skill of becoming a parent!