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.

Momma Cuisine

Momma Cuisine cooking personality Johanna lives in Aurora, but her reach spans the nation. Her high-profile blog features videos of her talking meatballs with chef Fabio Viviani of Siena Tavern and making kid-friendly meals with rotisserie chicken on WFLD-Fox 32’s “Good Day Chicago.” The extensive recipe collection is broken down into vegetarian, gluten free, quick and easy, and other categories. A few to bookmark: vanilla-ricotta pancakes, pork belly tacos, slow-cooker blackberry-peach crisp and creamy baked orzo with chorizo.

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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