Chicago is foodie central, and that goes for the knee-high residents, too. But as a busy parent, it’s tough to whip up creative meals day after day. When you need a dash of inspiration, check out local kid-centric food blogs. Flip through our photo album and get ready to restock your recipe folder with great ideas.

West of the Loop

Nutritious, kid-friendly dishes and a passion for local produce are the main ingredients in this blog. In a recent post, Oak Park mom Emily scoured her local Farmers Market for cheddar cauliflower—an autumnal orange-hued variety—from Stover’s Farm Market in Michigan and transformed it into a gooey cauliflower gratin guaranteed to make your kids eat their vegetables.

Read the blog online at westoftheloop.com.

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Where do you go to get great recipe ideas? Let us know in the Comments section below.

— Heidi Moore

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Photos: Courtesy of Nutrition Unplugged, Indian As Apple Pie, Momma Cuisine, Homemade Mothering, The Children’s Table, Chef Druck, West of the Loop, Purple Asparagus