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.

The Children’s Table

Chicago mom Charlotte describes her blog as “tastes of childhood and food nostalgia from around the world.” Recent posts range from homemade versions of pop tarts and chicken fingers to her grandmother’s schnecken, a sweet rolled pastry similar to cinnamon buns (schnecken is German for snails). Posts are categorized by country as well as date, so you can satisfy your travel urge with a read—much more relaxing than actual travel with kids.

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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