They say too many cooks spoils the broth. But when it comes to feeding your little fusspot, you’ll lap up help from in-laws, neighbors, and even the UPS guy. (Hey, he was at the door.)
Turns out all you need is Mama Jess. The new local line of pasta sauces (created by a mom named Jessica, naturally) is made with kids’ appetites and growing bodies in mind: wholesome, organic, gluten-free ingredients with a plucked-from-the-vine tomato taste.
It’s all good news for little eaters on a veggie strike. Along with tomato puree, the Garden Good blend sneaks in carrots, sweet potato juice concentrate, onion, squash, and red bell pepper. The Bean Good variety gives a protein kick with white bean puree.
Crack them open for spaghetti, lasagna, pizza, or chicken Parmesan. And don’t worry, your secret (sauce) is safe with us.
Available at Whole Foods Market, 1550 North Kingsbury Street, at Sheffield Avenue (312-587-0648 or wholefoodsmarket.com); online at mamajess.com, $14 for a two-pack. For a complete list of Chicago-area locations, go to wholefoodsmarket.com.
Eww! What’s Eating You?
What: Get an up-close view of the microscopic world of parasites at the exhibit filled with carnival-style activities.
Why: Control a faux flying mosquito, roll a ball down a track to feed a pretend tapeworm, and play parasite-themed pinball.
When: Thru Feb. 29.
Where: The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr., at Fullerton Pkwy. (773-755-5100). Museum admission is $9 for adults and $6 for children 3-7.
What: The new musical version of the iconic story puts you in Bunny’s room as he sings his way to sweet dreams.
Why: Dancing bears with chairs, a cow jumping over the moon, and mush (of course).
When: Thurs.-Dec. 23.
Where: Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., at Fullerton Ave. Tickets at 773-871-3000 or online at chicagochildrenstheatre.org. Adults, $36; children, $26.
Fairy Tale Trail
What: The Woman’s Club of Evanston transforms into a maze of fantastical rooms themed around children’s stories. Mermaids, wizards, and princesses abound.
Why: Tame, boogeyman-free fun.
When: Fri., 4-7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: 1702 Chicago Ave., at Church St. Info at 847-475-3800. Admission is $5.
Photo: Courtesy of Mama Jess