Didn't I Just Feed You

Didn't I Just Feed You

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Didn’t I Just Feed You?! is a candid weekly podcast about feeding our families — because, man, kids need to eat a lot. And frequently too! Co-hosts Stacie Billis and Meghan Splawn dig into everything from the high highs and low lows of meal planning to coping with picky eaters, the joys of dining out with kids to real-life wellness for families, all with a mission to make family meal time more fun and less stressful for busy parents. Armed with culinary prowess, practical advice, guest experts ranging from celebrity chefs to everyday parents in the trenches (you know, the real experts), a microphone and, yes, sometimes whiskey, Stacie and Meghan make life as the family cook easier. Or at least funnier.


What — and How Much — To Feed a Crowd
Nov 18 • 55 min
The holidays are upon us and, for many, that means cooking for a crowd. If you’re not a frequent entertainer, figuring out how to cook for 20 people, or maybe even just 8, can be daunting. This week, we spend time going over the nitty gritty of how to…
Why Tots Are The Tits with Dan Whalen
Nov 10 • 42 min
Okay, family cooks: time to show us your tots! Or maybe it’s that we’re showing you ours. Either way: no, we’re not getting freaky. Rather, we’re talking tater tots. Because the beautifully golden brown nuggets of deliciousness can be so much more than a…
How to Master One Pot Dinners
Nov 3 • 51 min
One-pot meals are widely considered the most powerful tool in a busy home cook’s toolbox. “Dump and stir” dinners run the risk of tasting as good as they sound (which is to say not good at all), which is why we invited one-pot meal expert Beth Lipton to…
When “Feed Yourself First” Is Easier Said Than Done
Oct 27 • 33 min
“Feed Yourself First!” Inspiring words, or a saying you’d see on a gimmicky wall plaque? We’re not sure but we think it’s worth a conversation. And not just one about food. Because while it sounds nice — maybe even helpful — to have experts encouraging…
How Sauces Can Save Your Weeknight Cooking
Oct 21 • 55 min
We once said that we think sauces are the secret to better weeknight meals and one of you said that we should really explain ourselves: so here we are! We’ve brought on two sauce masters to talk to us about everything from their favorite sauces to…
Our Best Dinner Shortcuts—and Shortcut Dinners with Kelsey Nixon
Oct 13 • 47 min
We’ve cleared up a long-standing kitchen debate: what’s the difference between “dinner shortcuts” and “shortcut dinners,” and which is more important. Because we know you’ve been dying to know. AND… not only did we finally get the job done, but we also…
What to Cook Now for Fall Plus Our Fall Pantry Staples
Oct 6 • 44 min
We’ve accidentally started a quarterly series wherein we talk about what we are eating each season. Fall is a busy time for parents, it is also the start of holiday cooking. Classroom parties, trick-or-treat eats — all that cooking is closer than we…
How to Stay Inspired to Make Creative School Lunches with Gillian of LaLa Lunchbox
Sep 29 • 48 min
In this episode, we tap school lunch packing master Gillian Fein of LaLa Lunchbox for all the tips on staying creative. Because she’s managed it for 10 years with 3 kids, so yea, we’ll take whatever she’s got. This week’s episode is made possible by Banza…
Budget School Lunch Ideas with Amiyrah Martin
Sep 22 • 47 min
If you’re anything like us, restricted spending is the first thing that comes to mind when budgeting. Not fun. Also not the full picture. This week, we speak with Amiyrah Martin of 4 Hats and Frugal for her fresh take on how to pack school lunches on a…
Go Ahead and Give The Kids Their Snacks with Andrea Mathis of Beautiful Eats and Things
Sep 16 • 68 min
We are talking about snacks again! Much like your kids who keep asking for them in between meals, all our listeners (and our IRL friends) have been asking for more snack ideas and some guidance on smart snacks. We’re joined by Nutritionist (and Mom)…
How We Talk With Our Kids About Junk Food
Sep 8 • 61 min
Junk food. So delicious. So fun. So controversial? We attempt to define junk food and kinda fail. In the end, all food exists on a nutritional continuum and where you draw your line has to do with personal factors that cause us to land in all different…
Is Homemade Pizza Actually Worth the Effort?
Sep 2 • 56 min
Pizza is a beloved family food — it is cheap, readily available, and can even be a vehicle for getting them to eat more vegetables. We recognize that delivery might be faster, so this week we’re debating the merits of making pizza from scratch at home. Do…
How to Handle Caffeine For Your Kids and Tweens
Aug 26 • 60 min
Coffee fuels our parenting — we’re drinking it hot, cold, and leftover from the microwave. How does this modeled behavior impact our kids’ drive to drink coffee? Moreover what is the collective obsession between kids and tweens love of Starbucks. This…
Tips for Getting Your Tween to Eat Healthy Lunches At School
Aug 19 • 39 min
Tweens are much like toddlers in many ways that mirror general child development— including picky eating tendencies. The combination of pickiness and growing autonomy can be disastrous for a parent who cares if their rapidly growing tween, gets food that…
Make Ahead Breakfast for Back-to-School
Aug 11 • 55 min
Make ahead breakfasts will make your back-to-school season better, but there are many seasons of parenting where a prepped-and-ready or self-serve breakfast comes in handy all year long — and they might even mean you get to sleep in. This week we’re…
Our School Lunch Updates and How We’re Prepping for Back-to-School
Aug 5 • 20 min
We’re kicking off our back to school series with this energy: There is no time, we feel side swiped by back to school even though we knew it was coming for months. We thought we were prepared, but there are still 10 million more things to do. So this…
Summer Snacks and S’more with Cookbook Author Dan Whalen
Jul 22 • 62 min
As we close out our mini summer season, we wanted to talk about another universally loved summer treat: s’mores! But it turns out that not everyone no the DIJFY crew is team graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows. Meghan and Stacie talk about the…
Our Favorite No Cook Family Dinners for Summer (Not Just Salads)
Jul 15 • 48 min
Its hot. No one wants to heat up the stove at the hottest part of the day to cook dinner, yet our families still expect to eat. Even harder? They are extra hungry after hot days at camp, sunny days at the pool, and those wicked travel days that summer…
Grilling 101: Easy Grilling Recipes, Tips For Beginners + More
Jul 7 • 47 min
We can’t have a summer season without talking about the most iconic cooking method of summer: grilling. This week, we’re walking you through the numerous ways that the grill can make life as the family cook easier, cooler, and more delicious. You know…
Easy Homemade Popsicles For Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner
Jun 30 • 38 min
Whatever you call them — Popsicles, freeze pops, ice pops, freezies, Otter Pops — easy homemade popsicle recipes never fail to save the day. And when you know how to make them nutritious, the sky’s the limit. Listen for everything you need to know to make…
It’s Okay If You Want to Lose Weight. And If You Don’t Too.
Jun 23 • 63 min
Trigger warning: This episode contains discussion of weight loss, disordered eating, and other sensitive topics related to dieting . We’re kicking off the summer season with bikini body talk! When we recently confided in each other that we feel guilty for…
Essential Recipes That Kids (and All of Us) Should Know How to Cook
Jun 10 • 51 min
In talking to MS, RD, and cookbook author, Katie Morford, about her book Prep: The Essential College Cookbook, we realized that it’s more than a quintessential collection of recipes that kids should know how to make before leaving home. It’s a fantastic,…
All the Recipes You Should Be Cooking Right Now
Jun 3 • 39 min
As we begin to wind down season two, we share the recipes we’re cooking and think you should be cooking too. These are our lifesavers, the back-pocket recipes saving us from take-out night after night. We share the recipes with notes on what makes each…
How to Cook Vegetables So That They Taste Good—Even to Kids. Yes, Seriously
May 26 • 45 min
One of the questions we’re most frequently asked is how to get kids to eat vegetables. The answer is easy: Make ‘em taste good. Turning that answer into a reality at your dinner table… not so much. In this episode, we invite toddler mama and anti-diet…
What to Freeze for Easy Family Dinners
May 20 • 49 min
Freezer meals have long had a negative connotation, but if you embrace it, your freezer will come to hold the most useful stock in your kitchen. Stacie & Meghan go over what to freeze, what not to freeze, and how to freeze it to make weeknight cooking…
How to Turn Hummus Into Legit Family Dinners
May 13 • 18 min
Hummus, hummus, the magical dip, the more you use it, the more you … get to relax about dinner, because this stuff really is magic. It’s kid-friendly, high in protein, and good for way more than a snack or lunch. From how to turn it into a pasta sauce to…
Why Pasta Is a Family Cook’s Best Friend
May 5 • 41 min
On some level, we all know it: Pasta is a kitchen hero. But have you grasped the many reasons why that’s so? Or how to put it to best use no matter what the circumstance? Or how to cook it perfectly? In this episode, we share ALL the pasta tips, recipes,…
Mommy Juice Culture and Sleepover Dinner Ideas
Apr 28 • 33 min
Inspired by our IRL time together, we dig into sleepover dinner ideas and ways to make cooking for a gaggle of kids easier. We also touch on “Mommy Juice” culture, because we get it. Wine to relax: who doesn’t want that? Well, lots of people, including…
The Invisible Work of Feeding a Family
Apr 22 • 50 min
We almost titled this “53 Minutes of Meghan Complaining,” but agree with writer Cleo Wade: Complaints have no magic. Still, we have a lot to say about the weight we feel being the ones responsible for feeding our families & we have a hunch we’re not…
Reducing Waste and Debt with Roe of Brown Kids
Apr 15 • 61 min
We want to be good citizens, but reducing waste in the kitchen can feel like an overwhelming task — unless you take the balanced and mindful approach shared with us by Roe of Brown Kids. Roe talks to us about the connection between reducing our footprint,…
Breaking Up with Brunch
Apr 8 • 40 min
In episode 5, we revealed the truth about eating out with kids. Take all of that, from worrying about impending meltdowns to overtipping staff who rightly hate your children, & do it early in the day so that you can go home buzzed & have to CONTINUE…
Spice Up Your Family’s Food with Chief Spice Mama Kanchan Koya
Mar 31 • 55 min
“What is the best way to teach the world of spices to young ones?” is not only a question we ponder often, but an actual question that came from our listener’s group a few weeks ago. Luckily, we’ve got an in with the Chief Spice Mama. This week we explore…
The After-School Snack Problem Solved. Sorta.
Mar 18 • 37 min
The hellish few hours between school and dinner, marked with relentless begging for snacks, might break us! Figuring out snack time is hard enough — how to keep our pantry stocked with healthy, kid-friendly options that work at home and on-the-go without…
The Magic of Meatballs
Mar 10 • 33 min
What can be served plain or in soup, with pasta or in a sandwich, covered with sauce or with dip on the side, packed with vegetables or even leftovers… shall we go on? We can. Because meatballs! They’re magic for a family cook. We know that making them…
The Art of Intentional Leftovers with David Tamarkin
Mar 3 • 47 min
Intentional Leftovers or “Next overs” might just be the answer to faster weeknight dinners that don’t involve hours of cooking each weekend. This week’s guest David Tamarkin, Epicurious’ Digital Director and Author of Cook90, brings a new idea to our…
Should you Kondo your Kitchen?
Feb 25 • 39 min
Everyone’s talking about Marie Kondo and her KonMari method, but in this episode, Stacie and Meghan ask if joy, alone, is the best guiding principle for busy home cooks looking to organize and pare down their kitchens. We think more needs to be considered.
Maybe the Slow Cooker Isn’t So Great?
Feb 17 • 32 min
We know you love your slow cooker, and we use ours a ton too. But we’re not sold on it being the answer to every parent’s dinner woes. In fact, we’ve got some major issues with crock pot cooking. But once we’re done telling you all the ways you can do…
Taking Chicken Nuggets Back from the Kids Menu
Feb 11 • 41 min
This week, we dive into the idea that what has been co-opted by fast food and freezer companies — in this case, chicken nuggets — can actually be taken back by parents and home cooks. Stacie and Meghan debate the merits of keeping frozen nuggets on hand…
Easy Classroom Treats, Because Valentine’s Day
Feb 3 • 35 min
Classroom celebrations have nothing on us: We share ALL the ideas for how to make the easiest classroom treats for any holiday celebration. From clever kitchen shortcuts to store-bought hacks, we’ll help you score points with the kids (and their…
How to Make NACHOS a Legit Family Dinner
Jan 28 • 33 min
Nachos are among the most underrated family meals around. We’ll tell you why, fill you in on all the gloriously easy ways you can use them to make a fast meal packed with good stuff your kids will actually eat & give tips on how to build them perfectly.…
Which “Healthy” Foods Live Up to the Label.
Jan 21 • 31 min
What’s the Health Halo? We explore the idea that food is healthy because a single healthy claim can be made about it. Are those cookies healthy because they’re made with organic sweet potato? Maybe — but also maybe not. It depends on a lot more & we dig…
How to Save Money on Groceries with The Budget Mom
Jan 14 • 43 min
Whether or not you thought you were looking to save money on groceries this year, this episode is for you — because who doesn’t want to save money?! Sure, we go deep with hardcore tips for people who are ready to get serious about their budgets. But we…
The Busy Parents’ Guide to Instant Pot Cooking
Jan 7 • 45 min
When thinking about how to save time, energy & money in the kitchen, there was no question of how to kick things off: with the Instant Pot! And if doing a primer on the IP for busy parents, there was no question of who to talk to Michelle Tam of Nom Nom…
Welcome to Season Two of Didn’t I Just Feed You
Jan 6 • 2 min
Welcome to season two of Didn’t I Just Feed You. We’re changing things, just a little bit, to make sure that you walk away from every episode with info in your back pocket that will make cooking easier, cheaper, and more delicious. Our new season starts…
Best of 2018: Our Favorite Moments from Season One
Dec 31, 2018 • 19 min
From our first conversation about school lunches to our last on mastering the holidays, we not only survived our freshman season, we learned tons from interviews that still make us giddy. In this “Best Of” show, we both share our top three eps and the…
Easy Homemade Food Gifts + More Ways to Holiday Like a Boss
Dec 7, 2018 • 44 min
We pull out our kitchen expertise to share tons of suggestions for easy homemade food gifts that will save you time and money, and also our fastest, simplest family meals that you can whip up when you’re super exhausted thanks to all of the extra stuff…
The Best Cookbooks of 2018 for Family Cooks (with Brian Steward of Salt + Spine)
Nov 28, 2018 • 43 min
This week, to help us sort through the best cookbooks of the year, we invited Brian Stewart of Salt and Spine, a podcast that explores the art and craft of cookbooks. Tune in for his picks in unconventional categories thought up just for us: the home…
2018 Gift Guide with Parents Magazine - Fun Food Gifts for Kids
Nov 21, 2018 • 47 min
We love shopping, but just like every other busy parent, we get overwhelmed as soon as the holidays hit. So this year, we asked our friends at Parents magazine for holiday gift inspiration. This week, Parents Senior Editor Karen Cicero shares fun food…
Aggressively Helpful Cooking Tips for Holiday Cooking
Nov 14, 2018 • 42 min
Food writers, editors, and recipes developers love good food and want to spread food joy. We also have jobs that rely on selling magazines and selling ads on the sites that hire us. So sometimes we can get a bit, well, aggressively helpful. Stacie and…
The Real Reasons We Cook With Our Kids
Nov 7, 2018 • 48 min
We get it — cooking with our kids is not the joyous, breezy bonding that Instagram promised us, but we’re doing it anyway. Joined by guest and Raddish Kids founder Samantha Barnes, Stacie and Meghan dive into the practical aspects of engaging our kids in…
Getting Messy in the Kitchen with Kids
Nov 1, 2018 • 45 min
Expert Jodi Levine joins us to talk about how we can have pure fun in the kitchen with our kids. Jodi dishes on her favorite super market ingredients for quick, engaging crafts with our kiddos, plus how she deals with the inevitable messes of cooking up…
How to Make Crave-Worthy Treats with Natural Sugars
Oct 24, 2018 • 34 min
In the last of our three-part series on the sweet stuff, we call on baking expert, television host, and cookbook author Shauna Sever to find out if natural and alternative sweeteners are better for our bodies. And most importantly, to learn more about how…
Who’s Messing With Our Kids More: Sugar? Or Parents?
Oct 18, 2018 • 55 min
In our second of three episodes exploring sugar, renowned child nutrition expert Jill Castle brings her magic as a long-time expert and mom of four. Every bit of what Jill says is shared mom-to-mom, yet still manages to be a concrete expert tip shared…
The Beast Hiding In Your Pantry
Oct 10, 2018 • 41 min
There’s something terrible lurking in our pantries. And you bought it knowingly. Even worse? It’s hiding in other foods you bought, too, some of which you may be aware of, but many of which you aren’t. Creepy, right? Even creepier is that some people…
The United States of Food Issues?
Oct 3, 2018 • 27 min
Interviewing is an art we’re still mastering, so perhaps it’s no surprise that our very first curveball comes courtesy of Food Network star Aarti Sequeira, who you may not know is also a trained journalist. We interviewed Aarti for our series on picky…
When It Comes to Picky Eating — The More You Stress, the Worse It Gets (with Amy Palanjian of Comfort Food Podcast)
Sep 26, 2018 • 64 min
In the last episode in our three-part series on picky eaters, we explored the topic from perspectives on two ends of the age spectrum: Amy Palanjian of Yummy Toddler Food spoke to us as about picky young ones while Debbie Koenig chimed in about older…
Looking for Picky Eater Help? You Won’t Find It in a Recipe.
Sep 19, 2018 • 64 min
In part two of the three-part series on picky eating, Stacie and Meghan chat with TV host and cookbook author Melissa d’Arabian. he mom of four is best known for her budget-friendly family meals, but also spent a great deal of time digging into the root…
Is Picky Eating Real?
Sep 12, 2018 • 50 min
This week, Stacie shares her point of view as a child development expert who’s researched and worked extensively with picky eaters, though she won’t exactly call herself an expert… See, it’s kind of complicated. Because in the end, only you hold the…
Chop, Chop, Om — Real Life Meal Prep Tips as Self Care
Sep 5, 2018 • 36 min
Mention meal prepping and visions of spending our entire Sunday in the kitchen dance in our heads. But is this really what it takes? We chatted with the queen of meal prep, Tracy Benjamin of Shutterbean, to find out. Because we had a feeling there might…
Meal Planning Isn’t Magic (But You Should Do It Anyway)
Aug 29, 2018 • 43 min
Admit it: Six o’clock on a weeknight is the worst time to be the family cook. The kids are cranky, everyone is hungry, and who knows what your picky 3-year old is going to actually eat tonight. Staring into the fridge wondering what the hell you’re going…
The Inconvenient Truth about Dining Out With Kids
Aug 23, 2018 • 57 min
Here’s an idea: Let’s take feeding kids public! We’ll bring them to a restaurant full of other adults who aren’t compelled to think that our kids are cute. We’ll pay to make the experience happen. And let’s throw waiters who are loathe to deal with our…
GOOP and the Most Superb Love-Hate We’ve Ever Known
Aug 19, 2018 • 27 min
Mini episodes will be topical and a hot 30 minutes (or so). Just enough time to vent, process, and download with each other — and YOU. Because that’s what Didn’t I Just Feed You?! is all about: parents having conversation, healthy (respectful!) debate,…
Three Experts Walk into a Lunchroom… and we end up with one piece of advice.
Aug 15, 2018 • 61 min
Meghan and Stacie interview a school teacher, Momable’s Laura Fuentes, and chef Jenny Dorsey as they explore the ever-evolving landscape of the lunchbox.
School Lunch with Catherine McCord of Weelicious
Aug 8, 2018 • 45 min
With 180 school lunches to pack per child, it took us no time to pick up the bat phone and dial our pal and school lunch queen Catherine McCord of Weelicious. But little did we know that she’d serve up way more than just tips on packing healthy school…
180 Days of School Lunch
Jul 31, 2018 • 42 min
Stacie and Meghan gear up for back to school and all the dang lunches they will have to pack.
Introducing Didn’t I Just Feed You?!
Jul 29, 2018 • 1 min
Didn’t I Just Feed You is a weekly podcast about feeding our families hosted by Stacie Billis and Meghans Splawn. First full length episode coming 8/8/2018!