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.

Homemade Mothering

The Chicago mom behind this blog takes an all-natural approach to parenting—cloth diapering and green cleaning each has its own tab on the site—and that philosophy extends to mealtime. Healthy homey recipes for grandma's potato casserole, coconut cornflake cookies, brown sugar-and-vanilla ice pops, butternut squash tacos and other tasty dishes will get you in the kitchen, crunchy or not. Frugality is another buzzword on the site, so dishes feature low-cost ingredients in season.

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

— 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