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.

Nutrition Unplugged

With a focus on “serving up food news and views,” Chicago dietician, journalist and mom of twins Janet weighs in on food-related topics on her health-conscious blog. It’s less about showcasing fun recipes than explaining the whys and hows. For example, a recent post tackled the breakfast debate (spoiler: she’s firmly pro). Other posts examine the latest food trends and dish on things like exotic fruit and cookie butter. Links to related recipes on other websites round out this blog’s offerings.

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— Heidi Moore

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