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.

Chef Druck

Book reviews and snippets of chef/blogger Vanessa’s family life are interspersed with tantalizing recipes for caramel apple brioche, panzanella and banana pudding. Every busy family’s favorite lifesaver, the slow cooker, is showcased in posts like one about sweet potato-and-raisin chicken tagine.

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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