Healthy Meal Ideas from Produce for Kids

This is a sponsored post.

What’s for dinner? This is the question that plagues us each night. We go through spurts of creativity in our cooking but then fall back into a rut again of repeating the same recipes over and over. My children fall into the same broken routine too, demanding the same foods, typically carbohydrates, and therefore eating a limited variety of fruits and veggies. So when Produce for Kids asked me to partner with them to promote their new campaign to promote healthy foods and recipes while raising funds for food banks, I thought: yes!

PFK-Logo-webProduce for Kids is launching a campaign with ACME Markets from April 29-June 2, to raise funds for local Feeding America food banks and offer ACME shoppers healthy meal solutions, recipes, and tips. Last year’s campaign raised more than $17,172.50 for local food banks. ACME stores will display the Produce for Kids and Feeding America logo next to products supporting the campaign, such as Mexican Hass Avocados, Earthbound Farm®, Eat Smart® Fresh Cut Vegetables, Fresh Express® Packaged Salads, Kings River Packing California Citrus, Maries® Dressings, RealSweet® Vidalia® Onions, Setton Farms® Pistachios, To-¬Jo Mushrooms, and Wholly Guacamole®. Buying these items will support the campaign and then you can find recipes that use them at ProduceForKids.com.

Impact GraphicAfter browsing the recipes, I found a simple one for Sesame Chicken and Broccoli that caught my eye. I chose this basic recipe because it solves two problems for me. First, my children are very picky vegetable eaters, but they love broccoli. So a recipe that uses broccoli is one I know will be readily accepted by them. Second, as a dual working parent household, there are nights that we do not have much time to grocery shop or cook a healthy meal. This recipe uses only a few ingredients and things that are often already in our refrigerator. It is so quick to prepare that we can have time to play at the park after school and work and still have time to eat a nutritious dinner rather than ordering a take-out version.

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(courtesy of ProduceForKids.com)

Ingredients

  1. 2 cups broccoli florets
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. 1 cooked chicken breast, chopped
  4. 2 tablespoons Marie’s® Sesame Ginger Coleslaw dressing
  5. 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Directions

  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add broccoli and cook for 10 minutes, or until tender. Add chicken and heat until warmed through. Add dressing and sesame seeds and stir to combine.

We tried this recipe for the first time as a weeknight dinner when we were exhausted and out of ideas for dinner. The kids called the sesame seeds “sprinkles” and were delighted by their new dinner option made out of their old favorites. We do not have a clean plate rule around here, but we do try to prevent food waste and encourage eating “growing foods” before treats. With the Produce for Kids recipes though, I may be able to turn some growing foods (like avocados) into treats (like dark chocolate avocado brownies) for my picky eaters. With healthy food choices that support a good cause, this campaign gave us many reasons to feel good about what’s for dinner.

 

Follow Produce for Kids on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat (ProduceforKids) for more recipe ideas and healthy eating tips all year long. Share your own healthy recipes and ideas during the campaign using the hashtag #produceforkids.

[This is a sponsored post. I have no affiliation with Produce for Kids, Acme, or Feeding America beyond this campaign post. All opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.]

 

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