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Five Back to School Recipes with Healthy Family Project!

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For many parts of the country, school is back in session! Healthy lunches and dinners can sometimes be challenging as we are learning to balance schedules, extra-curricular activities and more. I am here to help make your life easier! While this post is sponsored by Healthy Family Project, all opinions and the recipes are my own.

Is school back in session yet for your kiddos? We went back around 2 weeks ago, and I can’t believe how quickly that time is already flying by. My oldest son Drew is a junior in high school, and Brady, our 10-year-old is in fifth grade. Since I have 2 very active boys, you can imagine that they are always hungry!

 

I teach part-time at Brady’s school, so meal planning and preparation are very important to me! The last thing that I want to think about each night is what to make for dinner, or what to pack in the boy’s school lunches for the next day. The meals and snacks that I prepare for my family, must not only be quick and easy, but they must also be healthy. I love to add lots of fresh fruits and veggies to every meal or snack to ensure that our family is getting the nutrients that we need.

With the kids heading back to school, life is about to get a lot busier for all of us! Whether you are taking the kids back and forth to school, or all the extra-curricular activities that they have, here are 4 easy and healthy dinner and lunch recipes to help your school year get off on the right track. I am also including an extra bonus dessert recipe because some days you need dessert!

Sausage and Avocado Cream Cheese Zucchini Boats

Quick and easy dinner ideas are a must for our busy family! These Sausage and Avocado Cream Cheese Zucchini Boats are sure to be a new fave that your family will ask for again and again!

Ingredients:

4-6 zucchini washed and halved

1 tub of ¡Yo Quiero! Brands Avocado Cream Cheese (you can use any variety, but I used the Spinach Bacon)

16oz. shredded mozzarella cheese

1lb. Italian roll sausage

salt/pepper for taste

1 small RealSweet Onion, chopped

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Scoop out the center of each of the halved zucchinis to make a “boat”.

Place in a greased baking pan.

In the meantime, cook the Italian roll sausage on medium heat and add the RealSweet Onions. Cook until done. Add salt/pepper to taste.

Combine cooked sausage and onions with the tub of ¡Yo Quiero! Brands Avocado Cream Cheese

Spread sausage mixture into each zucchini boat and top with the shredded mozzarella cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until zucchini are tender and the cheese is bubbly.

Serve and enjoy!

 

 

Guacamole and Caramelized Onion Patty Melts

Some evenings call for a quick, yet comforting meal! These Guacamole and Caramelized Onion Patty Melts are sure to give you the comfort factor that you crave yet are very easy to prepare and oh-so delicious! Add other veggies or toppings as your family prefers. The possibilities are endless!

Ingredients:

16 oz. Ground Turkey or Ground Beef (I used half of each to cut down on the fat content)

Slices of Monterrey Jack Cheese

3-4 RealSweet Vidalia Onions sliced

salt/pepper to taste

8-10 slices of your favorite bread

Butter spread

¡Yo Quiero! Brands Guacamole

Instructions:

Place sliced RealSweet Vidalia Onions in a skillet to caramelize. Cook until golden brown.

While onions are cooking, form the Ground Beef/Turkey mixture into patties.

Place Hamburger/Turkey Patties on a griddle or in a skillet to cook. Cook each patty through.

Place caramelized onions in a bowl to cool down.

In the meantime, butter one side of each bread slice then place the buttered side down of the bread on the skillet to get golden brown.

Add cooked hamburger patties to bread slices and top with caramelized onions, cheese and ¡Yo Quiero! Brands Guacamole. Turn sandwich over to continue cooking and to become golden brown.

Serve with your favorite veggies and enjoy!

 

Chicken Meatballs with Zucchini Noodles

One of my favorite time-savers for getting dinner on the table during a busy week is by utilizing my slow cooker. I can throw something in before I leave for school in the morning, and we will have delicious and easy dinner later that evening! I particularly love the pre-cooked chicken meatballs from Costco. I throw them in the slow cooker with a jar of our favorite marinara sauce, and voila dinner is almost ready! I serve them over Pero Family Zucchini Noodles that you cook in the microwave for just a few minutes. This meal is a family favorite and filled with veggies and protein!

Ingredients:

1 package of pre-cooked chicken meatballs (I buy the Amylu brand from Costco, but you can use whatever meatballs that you prefer or have on hand)

1 jar of your favorite marinara sauce

2 containers of Pero Family Zucchini Noodles

 

Instructions:

Place the package of chicken meatballs in the slow cooker.

Pour the jar of marinara sauce over the meatballs,

Cook on low for 4-6 hours.

Before you are ready to serve cook the zucchini noodles in the microwave until done.

Serve the chicken meatballs over the zucchini noodles and add extra sauce and grated parmesan cheese.

This meal couldn’t be easier to prepare and is so delicious! I can almost guarantee that there will be no leftovers!

Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad

I don’t know about you, but Chicken Salad is one of our family’s favorite go-to lunches. There are so many different varieties of fruits or veggies that can be added to make it your own. This Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad is sweet yet savory, and every bite is a pop in your mouth that keeps you coming back for more. This is the perfect lunch idea for every member of your family!

Ingredients:

3-4 cups of cooked chicken breast (I used a rotisserie chicken for the convenience factor)

3 celery stalks, diced

5-6 Bee Sweet Citrus Mandarins, peeled and segmented

3-4 green onions, diced

Celery salt for taste

Pepper for taste

1/3 cup stone ground Dijon mustard

½ cup avocado oil mayonnaise

Instructions:

Combine chicken breast, diced celery, green onions, mayonnaise, and mustard in a large bowl.

Add celery salt and pepper for taste.

Gently fold in the mandarin oranges.

Serve with your favorite bread as a sandwich or topped high on your favorite crackers! This is such a refreshing and healthy lunch for yourself or the kiddos!

Caramel Apple Galette

Had a rough week? Sometimes a special dessert for the family is in order! This Caramel Apple Galette couldn’t be easier to prepare, and every bite is packed full of delicious Jazz Apples! The sweet apples with the caramel drizzle are the perfect pairing. Add some vanilla ice cream for an even more decadent dessert!

Ingredients:

1 premade pie crust (the roll out variety)

3-4 Jazz Apples, peeled and sliced into ¼ inch pieces

Jar of your favorite caramel sauce

1-2 Tbsp. of sugar

½ teaspoon cinnamon

Dash of salt

Egg Wash: 1 large egg

Dusting Sugar for crust

Optional: Vanilla Ice Cream

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Roll out the pie crust into a pie pan or glass baking dish

In a bowl, mix the apples, cinnamon, and salt

Place apples into the rolled-out pie crust.

Gently fold the edge of the dough over the apples.

Brush the crust with the egg wash.

Sprinkle dusting sugar on the crust to give it a nice sheen as it bakes.

Bake for 35-40 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly.

Drizzle with your favorite caramel sauce

Serve with your favorite vanilla ice cream and enjoy!

 

 

Are you familiar with the Power Your Lunchbox program? If not, I highly suggest that you check it out! I am honored to be a part of a campaign that helps empower families as they get ready for the back-to-school season. The Power Your Lunchbox program, in partnership with Healthy Family Project has so many tips and recipes to offer as they help to support accessibility to fresh produce in schools through the Foundation for Fresh Produce. The back-to-school campaign has raised over $180,000 for charitable organizations that promote health over the years. Isn’t that amazing?

A big THANK YOU to the sponsors who have helped to make this campaign a huge success! Jazz Apple, Bee Sweet Citrus, Pero Family Farms, Nature Fresh Farms, RealSweet Onions, Crispy Green, ¡Yo Quiero!

 

 

Patriotic Cookie Cake

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Are you planning a barbecue or get-together for the 4th of July? This Patriotic Cookie Cake couldn’t be easier to prepare, and is so delicious! You are sure to wow your guests with this fun dessert!

Patriotic Cookie Cake

Ingredients 

  • 16.5oz Sugar Cookie Dough
  • 8oz Whipped Topping 
  • 1lb Strawberries 
  • 1 Pint Blueberries 

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using a non-stick round pan, lay out the sugar cookie dough.
  3. Bake the cookie as directed on the packaging.
  4. Remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack.
  5. Let the cookie cool before smothering in whipped topping.
  6. Slice the strawberries in half and create a red and blue design on top of the cookie using the strawberries & blueberries. 
  7. Enjoy!

Street Corn Salad

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Are you looking for a refreshing and new idea for your summer barbecues? This Street Corn Salad will be the perfect addition! It is sweet and packed full of flavor! I love that you can also use Gluten Free noodles to make this a GF dish!

Street Corn Salad 

Ingredients: 

  • 3 Cups Corn
  • 2 Cups Cooked Noodles (You can sub Gluten Free if you wish)
  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise 
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Cotija Cheese
  • 1 Tbs Lime Juice 
  • 2 Tbs Chopped Cilantro 
  • 2 Tbs Taco Seasoning 
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Pepper 

Instrutions: 

  1. In a large serving bowl, combine mayonnaise & sour cream.
  2. Sprinkle in the salt, pepper & taco seasoning. 
  3. Stir in the cheese.
  4. Add the corn & noodles.
  5. Squeeze in the lime juice.
  6. Sprinkle with cilantro.
  7. Enjoy!

Big Mac Salad

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If you love a Big Mac Sandwich, but not all of the calories, then you will thoroughly enjoy this recipe for Big Mac Salad. It has all the yummy flavors without the guilt! My entire family loves this one! Try it and let me know what you think!

Ingredients 

  • 8oz Lettuce 
  • 1lb Browned Ground Beef
  • 1 Cup Diced Tomatoes 
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese 
  • 1/2 Cup Pickles 
  • 1 Onion (Diced)
  • 1Tbs Sesame Seeds 
  • Thousand Island Dressing 

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, tomatoes, & ground beef.
  2. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  3. Drizzle with thousand island dressing & enjoy. 

Teddy Bear Yogurt Bowls

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Are you looking for a way to get the kiddos to eat more fruit? These Teddy Bear Yogurt Bowls are not only easy to prepare, but everyone in your house is sure to gobble them up!

Ingredients: 

  • Yogurt 
  • 3 Blueberries 
  • 3 Banana Slices 

Instructions:

  1. Pour the yogurt into a round bowl.
  2. Place 1 banana slice in each upper corner to create bear ears.
  3. Take two blueberries and place them onto the yogurt for eyes.
  4. Add the third banana slice onto the yogurt to create a bear nose & then place a blueberry on top.
  5. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Patch Brownies

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If you are looking for an easy yet delicious fall dessert to bring for Thanksgiving Dinner or an upcoming potluck, these Pumpkin Patch Brownies couldn’t be easier! They are put together with pre-made brownies so anyone can do it!

Pumpkin Patch Brownies 

Ingredients:

Pre-made brownies from the grocery store

Green Icing

Cany Pumpkins

 

Instructions:

  1. Take the green icing and swirl it around your brownie to create pumpkin vines.
  2. Place the candy pumpkins on the brownie using the green icing as a glue to create a pumpkin patch.
  3. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Sweet Onion Baked Chicken with RealSweet Onions + Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This post is sponsored by RealSweet Onions. All comments and opinions are my own.

Cancer.

It’s a word that we hope to never hear for ourselves or for those that we love.

When my best friend was diagnosed with breast cancer several years ago, I remember feeling scared and overwhelmed for her. We have known each other for well over 20 years, and she has been that friend to whom I can tell anything. In fact, we joke that we are Lucy and Ethel, and share such a special bond. She had listened to me through some difficult times in my life, and now it was my turn to do so. I knew that the challenges and difficulties that she would be faced with along her road to recovery would be difficult, but I would be there for her every step of the way.

It is hard to know how to respond to a friend with cancer; how do you help them; how do you talk to them about the situation? The most important thing that you can do for that friend or family member is by just being there for them. Find meaningful ways to help them along their journey. A card, flowers, a meal, whatever you can do to let that friend know that you are there for them during the darkest days of their life. Treat your friend with normalcy. Their diagnosis does not change the person that they are, and most certainly not your friendship.

Thankfully, my best friend is cancer free today. She is one of the strongest people that I know. She went through, chemotherapy, radiation, a double mastectomy, and even cancer in her thyroid. I know that these times were challenging for her, but she faced them with such dignity, strength, and grace. I am so thankful that we have many years of friendship ahead of us! I am also thankful for companies that help to bring awareness and support the fight against breast cancer.

Shuman Farms, RealSweet Onions are making a huge impact in the fight against breast cancer. Not only have they donated over $110,000 since 2009, but for the past 13 years, during the month of October, their entire line of onions goes pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. You can look for their special pink bags at your local grocery store. In addition, the stickers that you will see on the onions are also pink to show their support for a cause that has touched so many of their lives too. In addition to supporting and donating to the fight against breast cancer, RealSweet Onions also likes to educate their consumers on how to eat a nutritious diet filled with fruits and veggies to help fight diseases like cancer.

Did you know that sweet onions are filled with an excellent source of cancer-fighting antioxidants like quercetin and allicin? Quercetin is a natural antioxidant found in sweet onions that helps zinc get to the center of your body’s cells, where it can then aid in preventing viruses from reproducing. Bring on the sweet onions!

I was so honored when asked to partner with RealSweet Onions, and to create a recipe with their delicious onions! Sweet Onion Baked Chicken couldn’t be easier to prepare, and it is sure to be a new favorite that your family will ask for again and again. If you love French Onion Soup, then you will love this dish! It tastes just like French Onion Soup with the addition of the chicken. Sop up all the juices in the pan with a nice crusty loaf of bread and you are all set! My three guys loved it, and there were no leftovers!

Sweet Onion Baked Chicken

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons butter

2 pounds sweet onions, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon minced garlic

½ tablespoon Bragg Liquid Aminos

¾ teaspoon fresh thyme, finely chopped

3-4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 bag of shredded mozzarella, provolone cheese blend

1/2 cup beef broth

Salt/pepper to taste

 

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt the butter in a non-stick pan over medium-high heat.

Add the onions and cook until tender and soft. You will want them to be almost caramelized and a light brown color. Add the Bragg Liquid Aminos. Stir and continue cooking for several minutes.

Add the garlic and thyme. Cook for another minute.

While the onions continue to cook, add the chicken breasts in a baking dish. Season with salt/pepper to taste.

Place the cooked onions in the baking dish with the chicken. Divide them evenly between the chicken breasts.

Pour the beef broth around the chicken.

Sprinkle the shredded cheese evenly on the top of the chicken and onions.

Bake at 350 degrees until chicken is cooked through and the cheese is melted and starting to get golden brown.

Serve and enjoy!

Celebrate Family Memories with Big Savings at Publix! #PublixFamily

This post is sponsored by Sivan Social. All comments and opinions are my own. 

I don’t have to tell you that life is super busy these days. Whether it be school activities, running errands, or getting projects done around the house, our days are constantly on-the-go! I appreciate the days when there is nothing on the calendar, and we can sit back as a family and relax.

Even though the days are busy, I try to make sure that our family enjoys conversation, good laughs, and delicious food around the dinner table each night. This is a great time for us to make memories and to catch up on all of the day’s activities. Thanks to Publix, mealtime can be stress-free and delicious with exclusive coupons included in the Family Celebrations Promotion. There are over $35 in coupons that can be found at GetTheSavings.com/Family-Celebrations, or you can find the Family Celebrations Booklet at your local Florida Publix store. These coupons are only valid 9/4-10/2/21, so you will need to act fast! Before you head to Publix, I would suggest that you check the entire list of coupons to help plan your shopping trip.

I am always trying to think “out of the box” when it comes to dinner ideas, so I was excited to see that one of the coupons in the Family Celebrations Booklet was for $1.50 off any Any One (1) Sir Kensington’s Product 8.45–20 oz. I spotted several varieties of Sir Kensingon’s Dressing & Marinades, and chose the Dijon Balsamic. Immediately, when I saw this product, I thought of how delcious the marinade would be on wings! Boy, was I right! These wings were delicious, crispy, and every bite was packed full of flavor. Did I mention that this recipe was super easy? 

I took a small bag of frozen chicken wings, and place the entire bottle of Sir Kensington’s Dijon Balsamic Marinade over them. I covered for several hours in the refrigerator then baked the wings in a 400 degree oven for around 25 minutes! Voila! I served with a salad and dinner was served!

Try this recipe and let me know what you think! In the meantime, head on over to GetTheSavings.com/Family-Celebrations and check out all of the money-saving coupons that are available!

Florida readers, be sure to keep an eye out in your Valpak envelope which contains more details on the Publix Family Celebrations promotion. 

Which items are you most excited to try during the Publix Family Celebrations promotion? 

Fresh Fruit Slushies

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Are you looking for a delicious treat to cool off with this Summer? These Fresh Fruit Slushies are sure to be a hit with everyone in your house! Not only are they delicious, but also healthy and super easy to prepare! I also love that this is kid-friendly, so you can have them help you!

Fresh Fruit Slushies 

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Ingredients:
  • 5-6 large strawberries (greens removed)
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 2 cups chopped watermelon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups ice

Directions:
  1. Prepare and wash all of your fruit.
  2. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until ice is crushed.
  3. Pour into favorite glasses and enjoy!

Lemon Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner

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Sheet Pan Dinners are my life these days. I love how they allow me to get a quick and healthy dinner on the table in no time at all. This Sheet Pan recipe for Lemon Chicken is a new fave! Every bit is packed full of delicious flavor that your entire family is sure to love!

Lemon Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner

Ingredients: 

  • 1Lb Red Potatoes Cut Into 1inch Pieces
  • Avocado Oil Cooking Spray
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 2Lbs Thin Asparagus Cut Into 1-2inch Pieces
  • 1 1/2 Lbs Chicken Breasts Cut Into Cubes
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic 
  • 1 Lemon 

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spread the red potatoes out on a sheetpan. Spray the potatoes with avocado cooking spray then sprinkle with garlic, salt & pepper to your liking. Place in the oven for 15 minutes.
  3. While potatoes are baking, toss asparagus & chicken into a mixing bowl. Squeeze half of a lemon into the bowl and then sprinkle the rest of the garlic, salt & pepper into the bowl. 
  4. Toss to coat, then transfer to the sheet pan with the potatoes. 
  5. Place the sheet pan back in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked.
  6. While the Sheet pan is in the oven, slice up the second half of the lemon into cubes. 
  7. Once sheet pan is fully cooked, remove from oven and place the cubed lemon pieces onto the sheet pan. You can squeeze the lemons before eating for extra flavor!