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.

Indian As Apple Pie

Journalist-turned-foodie Anupy shows you that it's easy to cook Indian food at home -- and will even get your little ones clamoring for a seat at the table. The recipes her blog offers are wholesome, flavorful comfort foods that are good for you. Learn how to make a steaming bowl of dal (lentils, peas and beans) and poha (a snack food made from dehusked and flattened raw rice grains). You'll be tempted to buy an Indian as Apple Pie signature spice (tumeric, cumin seed), sold on the site.

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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