Hello and welcome to Plate in 28! We are two sisters and moms of young kids. Several years back we were desperately seeking a resource for quick recipes and ways to keep the kids distracted somehow so we could actually cook! We never found that resource...so, we created it! And our mom, Melodee (a.k.a. Mimi) has supported us with her cooking expertise along the way!
Between us two sisters, we have five kids ranging from five to thirteen. We live on opposite coasts, and have very different lifestyles, family structures and home situations. We feel this helps us capture different parent realities, which is important to us because there is no standard family. We test out everything on our site to hone in on what's practical and what works across-the-board for different families' lives. We hope you enjoy our site!
—Marcie & Julie
What You'll Find Here:
Plate in 28 helps grown-ups get food on the table with simple, 28 minute recipes & activities to occupy the kids so the grown-ups can actually cook. As parents, we've found that mealtime prep is way easier when you can have your kids either help you in the kitchen, do a craft, or have some screen time. One size doesn't fit all when it comes to kids and not all households are the same, so we pair each of our recipes with these different kid activities.
Recipes that are quick, simple and highly customizable
All our recipes can be made in 28 minutes or less and use simple ingredients with minimal steps and (mostly!) minimal mess. Alongside each recipe, you will also find some basic tips to "kidify" each meal to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Additionally, we offer cooking tips and shortcuts and advice for modifying each recipe for various dietary needs and/or preferences.
Maybe your kid doesn't want to leave your side or just loves to help out in the kitchen. We suggest ways your child can assist you while cooking our recipes. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, cooking with your kids has some real educational benefits, like boosting self-esteem and fostering healthy eating habits.
Look for this lil' sous chef icon on recipe posts for tips on cooking with kids!
Crafts for kids to do while grown-ups cook
For more independent kids or kids who like to focus on a project, we suggest creative, hands-on activities for them to do while you cook. Each craft ties into a recipe's main ingredient. The goal is not for the grown-ups to buy a bunch of supplies and hover over their kids. We want to keep it simple and for kids to be independently engaged, with the exception of really little ones who might need some assistance
Note: Even the simplest crafts require some setup; so, we recommend offering these crafts on nights when you're not as strapped for time.
Screen Time for kids during meal prep
We personally believe that high-quality programming can have educational benefits when used responsibly. And there is research in support of these benefits. The key is to carefully choose the programs your kids watch, monitor what they are watching, and engage with them on the topics they’ve learned. We all need downtime. So, why not let your kids have it while you cook dinner?!
Note: You'll find that we gear our activities and tips mostly towards toddler or young, school-aged children
Ready to Dive In?
- Check out our delicious 28-minute recipes and fun, food-themed crafts or screen-time options for your kids!
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- Hear some of our fun tips and tricks in our personal blog section.
We come at this honestly, as two moms who have struggled with getting meals on the table every night (and still do!). The goal isn’t to churn us parents into five-star chefs, but to provide practical, healthy recipes that make cooking for the family less daunting. Easy recipes and minimal kid interference. Enjoy! --Julie & Marcie