A Healthy Start

I spent yesterday hanging out and eating with a bit of shopping thrown in. Okay, so all of my get-togethers were food based and it was all a fun, highly caloric day (flowers, chocolates, gifts, you know) but now back to my real life (you know Mother’s Day is over when the sink is full of dirty dishes and the beds are unmade).  Feeding my family healthy food that I actually want to make have time to pull off  and that they will eat is tough, so I love when I get some help in that department. Always on the lookout for good (read: new) recipes so it was great to find this. Stop & Shop is running a campaign that gives you great recipes and helps raise money for children’s cancer research. Bonus.

Here is what I learned:

Produce for Kids® just launched its annual Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign, including Massachusetts Stop & Shop stores, to help raise money for local children’s cancer research.   Thanks to the annual Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign hosted by Stop & Shop Supermarket Company, and Produce for Kids, the more produce shoppers add to their shopping lists the more hope they can give to local children.
Produce for Kids is excited to kick off this year’s campaign with a new partnership with Sprout® and LazyTownTM which will run through May 31st. Ideal Meals offer shoppers chef-created/nutritionist-approved easy solutions for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. Featuring fresh fruits and vegetables as the main ingredients, Ideal Meals are great for busy families who crave fast meal options that aren’t fast food.

Below are some delicious and healthy ideas – perfect for Memorial Day weekend or any regular week night, too. Perfect timing because I am in a bit of a recipe rut!

Serves 4
Preparation Time: 30 Minutes
Ingredients:
·   1 lb. ground turkey
·   1 cup panko breadcrumbs
·   1 egg
·   1 Tbsp. fresh basil, (or ⅓ Tbsp. dried) chopped fine
·   1 cup mushrooms, washed/dried, sliced
·   ½ medium sweet onion, sliced
·   2 Tbsp. butter
·   4 slices, deli style mozzarella cheese (¾ oz. each)
·   1 large tomato, sliced
·   4 whole grain burger buns
Directions:
1. In large bowl, mix breadcrumbs, egg, basil, and salt. Once mixed, add ground turkey and mix well. Make patties about the size of the bun.
2. In frying pan, on medium/high heat add butter, mushrooms and onions and cook about 10 minutes until tender and brown. Turn heat to low and keep warm.
3. Pan-fry or grill, on medium heat, burgers until firm (about 4-5 minutes a side).
4. Assemble bun with burger, cheese, tomato and onion/mushroom mixture.
Serves 4
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Ingredients:
·   1 apple, cored, sliced
·   4 rainbow peppers, seeded, sliced
·   ½ mango, skinned, diced
·   ½ fresh lemon, juiced
·   2 Tbsp. olive oil
Directions:
1. Thoroughly toss apples, peppers, mango, lemon juice and olive oil in a bowl.
2. Season with salt and pepper, as desired.
Nutrition Information:
Turkey Burgers & Rainbow Salad Calories 689; Fat ; Protein ; Carbohydrate ; Fiber 14g; Cholesterol 154mg; Sodium 606mg; Calcium 34%DV; Vitamin A 41%DV; Vitamin C 160%DV; Iron 25%DV
Serves 4
Preparation Time: 30 Minutes
Ingredients:
·   8 oz. uncooked pasta (whole wheat or multi-grain)
·   1 medium sweet onion, peeled, chopped
·   2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
·   2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
·   2 cups mushrooms, washed/dried, chopped
·   ½ cup kalamata olives, sliced (this will have to be left out, sadly)
·   1 tsp. olive oil
·   Salt, as needed
Directions:
1. Preheat Heat oven to 400° F.
2. Cover cookie sheet pan with parchment paper or use a non-stick pan and lay onion pieces and mushrooms on pan. Season very lightly with salt and pepper. Roast in oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, set aside until easy to handle.
3. While vegetables are roasting, cook pasta according to package directions. Once cooked, drain and toss with tsp. olive or vegetable oil and set aside.
4. In large frying pan, melt butter on medium high heat, add roasted onions and mushrooms. Stir for 2 minutes. Turn heat to medium, add spinach and sliced olives and cook 2 minutes. Add pasta, stir and season with salt as needed. Turn off heat and cover if needed to keep warm.
Serves 4
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Ingredients:
·   1 bag of packaged salad
·   1 apple, cored, sliced
·   4 Tbsp. red wine vinaigrette
Directions:
1. In a bowl, add packaged salad and sliced apples.
2. Drizzle with vinaigrette.
Nutrition Information:
Garden Vegetable Pasta & Fresh Salad Calories 501; Fat ; Protein ; Carbohydrate ; Fiber 6g; Cholesterol 33mg; Sodium 545mg; Calcium 34%DV; Vitamin A 46%DV; Vitamin C 86%DV; Iron 19%DV
 
Serves 4
Preparation Time: 12 minutes
Ingredients:
·   4 (6-inch) bamboo skewers
·   1 premade pound cake
·   8 strawberries, whole, leaves hulled
·   8 raspberries, whole
·   1 cup pineapple, cored, chunked
·   4 Tbsp. chocolate syrup
Directions:
1. Cut pound cake into 4 1×3-inch rectangles and 8 1×1-inch squares.
2. Place 1 1×3-inch piece cake on plate, stick skewer in middle.
3. Add strawberry, raspberry, pineapple and 1×1-inch piece of cake to skewer.  Repeat with another strawberry, raspberry, pineapple and 1×1-inch piece of cake.
4. Drizzle with chocolate syrup.
Nutrition Information:
Chocolatey Fruit Tower Calories 354, Fat 2.5g, Protein 12g, Carbohydrate 52.1g, Fiber 2.4g, Cholesterol 9mg, Sodium 280mg, Calcium 348mg, Vitamin A 529 IU, Vitamin C 44.4mg, Iron 1.4mg
To find other great recipes revolving around fresh produce visit: www.produceforkids.com – I really liked their breakfast boosters and lunchbox ideas.
Have to say these look like they will make the cut. I’m heading to the market now. Will let you know how we fare!

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