Kids Health Blog
with Dr. Dina Kulik
Emergency Medicine Doctor,
Dr. Dina and her team of child health and parenting experts share their knowledge, tips, and tricks.
The Latest From The Blog
Dylan’s Birth Story From Dad’s Perspective
The flip side of Dina's story about going into labor for the first time: dad's perspective! Just over 5 years ago, my life changed with the birth of our first child. Hopefully you have already read Dina’s perspective; if not you can read it here. To put a little...
6 Tricks to Get the Kids to Sleep Before Santa Arrives
How To Get The Kids To Sleep Christmas Eve All three of my children raced downstairs this morning to open their advent calendars for that little square of chocolate. I’m not sure if they are more excited to open the little cardboard door because Christmas is...
Five Great Games to Entertain Kids this Winter Break
5 Great Games to Entertain Kids Winter break is here! While students may be ecstatic about a much-deserved holiday, parents are on the lookout for activities to entertain kids, keep them engaged and stimulated until school resumes. Whether you're relaxing at...
Last Minute Great Toy Options for Kids
Last minute shopping? .. Here Are a Few Great Toy Options It’s that time of year again, and we have all begun thinking about what amazing gifts we can get for our children this holiday. I have to be honest; we don’t give our kids many gifts. Our holiday tradition is...
Holiday Gift Guide – Toys That Promote Development
Toys That Promote Development Holiday season has arrived! The beautiful decorations, the delicious treats, the warm and fuzzy sweaters, and of course…the presents! Gift-giving is part of the joy of the season, but many people (including myself), find it a bit...
9 Gross Things That Can Happen During Delivery
Think having a baby looks the way it does in the movies? Guess again! Here's 9 totally unexpected and gross things that can happen during delivery. If you are like me, by the end of the 9th month of pregnancy, you are feeling ‘over it’. In fact, by about 7 months I...
Signs that You Need to Drop Your Child’s Nap
Do you know when you need to drop your child's nap? Here's what to look for. While the end of nap time can open up the day to allow for different activities and outings, it also means a lot less down time for parents and caregivers. The transition also takes time for...
6 Reasons to Own a Dog
Trying to talk your loved ones into getting a pet? Here's 6 great reasons to own a dog. The concept of animal therapy, specifically dog therapy, has been around for centuries. The mysterious bond between human and canine is undeniable. When my poodle, Fred, is around,...
Keep the Whole Family Active this Winter
It's important to keep the family active even when the temperatures are cold outside. Here are some ideas to keep you moving! The time of year when we all tend to hibernate and stay indoors is almost upon us. Motivation for leaving the house tends to decrease– you...
ABCs of Successful Parent-Teacher Conferences
Many parents feel they must steel themselves to get through the ordeal of report cards and parent-teacher conferences that are just around the corner, but it doesn't have to be so. Parents, teachers, and often students meet to share information; review expectations,...
The Less-Glamorous, Annoying Pregnancy Symptoms
Friends and family seldom talk about pregnancy symptoms other than morning-sickness. Here's a list of perfectly-normal, annoying pregnancy symptoms you might experience. If you are pregnant, or hoping to become pregnant, congratulations! This is such an exciting time...
Kid-Pleasing Freezer-Friendly Spaghetti
The holidays are here and that usually means rushed schedules, rushed mealtimes and later bedtimes. Avoid mealtime chaos with this kid pleasing, vegetable-packed, freezer-friendly spaghetti recipe!
Kid Pleasing Spaghetti
- 4 gloves of garlic
- 2 lbs of ground beef
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of coriander
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 head of celery (washed, trimmed and diced)
- 1 small zucchini (washed, trimmed and diced)
- 2 cups of mushrooms (washed and diced)
- 2 jars of plain tomato sauce
- Heat oil in large pot over low heat and add minced garlic. Cook until translucent. Add ground beef and increase heat level to medium. Cook until completely browned. Season with coriander, salt and pepper and add both jars of prepared tomato sauce. Allow to simmer.
- Sauté celery and mushroom in water over medium heat until cooked through. Add zucchini and sauté together for 3-5 minutes. Add vegetables to the sauce and simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
- Ladle sauce onto your choice of pasta and serve with shredded cheese. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.