Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Mejier Stores Team up with Produce for Kids to support Healthier Eating

Good evening everyone!  In honor of our recipe exchange page here on Michigan Home Mommy Works, I would like to share with you a program through Meijer and Produce for Kids.  Many parents are concerned about healthy eating in the home especially in schools, how about you?  Here is a summary of this fantastic program:

Meijer and Produce for Kids are teaming up to host the second annual Healthy Schools, Healthy Minds campaign. Now through September 29th, local shoppers can contribute to this cause and support your local schools by adding produce to their Meijer shopping lists. During the campaign, participating fresh fruit and vegetable suppliers will make a donation based on consumption of their fresh produce items to DonorsChoose.org, which will support local classroom projects.

Shoppers can be on the lookout for the Produce for Kids display unit, featuring characters from popular Sprout shows, LazyTown™ and Noodle and Doodle, in the produce section of their local Meijer store. The more items shoppers add to their shopping lists, the more local classrooms will benefit!

Meijer will also feature the Ideal Meals™ program from Produce for Kids in the produce department. Ideal Meals cards provide 12 quick, easy, and healthy chef-created/dietitian-approved complete meal solutions for breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts.

Please find below some NEW delicious and nutritious fall inspired Ideal Meals recipes from Produce for Kids:


Slow Cooker Veggie Lasagna

Serves 8
Preparation Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours

Ingredients:
·   2 Tbsp. olive oil
·   2 cups mushrooms, chopped
·   1 cup green bell pepper, seeded, chopped
·   1 large onion, finely chopped
·   3 cups spinach, loosely packed, chopped
·   1 lb. 2% cottage cheese
·   2 cups (plus ½ cup) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
·   ¼ tsp. salt
·   26 oz. jarred low sodium pasta sauce
·   2 large zucchini, sliced, ¼-inch thick rounds
·   8 oz. no-boil whole wheat lasagna noodles

Directions:
Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat; add mushrooms, peppers, onions and spinach. Cook 5 minutes, or until water evaporates. Season with salt and pepper.
2. In mixing bowl, mix cottage cheese, 2 cups mozzarella cheese and salt. Divide into 2 portions.
3. Grease slow cooker. Cover bottom with ⅓ of sauce and assemble as follows: single layer noodles, ⅓ of cooked vegetables, single layer zucchini, 1 portion of cottage cheese mixture, single layer of noodles. Repeat layering once in same order. Add layer of remaining sauce, cooked vegetables and zucchini.
4. Sprinkle ½ cup mozzarella cheese on top.
5. Cook on low for 5 hours or until noodles and zucchini are tender.

Nutrition Information:
Slow Cooker Veggie Lasagna: Calories 490, Fat 16.32g, Protein 31.17g, Carbohydrate 50.81g, Fiber 4.64g, Cholesterol 51mg, Sodium 379mg, Calcium 614mg, Vitamin A 2696 IU, Vitamin C 39.07mg, Iron 2.88mg


Lentil and Veggie Soup

Serves 6
Preparation Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours

Ingredients:
·   2 cups potatoes, quartered
·   2 cups carrots, peeled, chopped
·   2½ cups green lentils, cooked
·   2 bell peppers, seeded, chopped
·   1 cup mushrooms, chopped
·   2 cups onions, chopped
·   6 cloves garlic, peeled, minced
·   2 large tomatoes, chopped
·   6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
·   1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
·   2 - 3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice, or as needed

Directions:
1. Place potatoes, carrots, lentils, peppers, mushrooms, onions, garlic, tomatoes and broth in slow cooker.
2. Cook on high for 1 hour, add Italian seasoning. Reduce heat to low and cook for 7 hours.
3. Turn off heat, season with lemon juice.

Nutrition Information:
Lentil & Veggie Soup Calories 423; Fat 5.08g; Protein 21.92g; Carbohydrate 76.62g; Fiber 13.6g; Cholesterol 6mg; Sodium 762mg; Calcium 311mg; Vitamin A 8184 IU; Vitamin C 66.04mg; Iron 5.20mg
 
Apple Pear Crumble


Serves 6
Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:
·   3 pears, peeled, cored, sliced
·   2 apples, peeled, cored, sliced
·   1 cup rolled oats
·   ⅔ cup brown sugar
·   ½ cup whole wheat flour
·   6 Tbsp. unsalted butter
·   ¼ tsp. allspice
·   2 Tbsp. orange juice
·   ¼ cup caramel dip

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375°F. 
2. Lightly butter 8x8-inch baking pan, dust with flour. Cover bottom of baking dish with pears and apples.
3. Blend oats, brown sugar, flour, butter and allspice with electric mixer until it binds and is coarse. Crumble mixture over the pear and apple slices. Sprinkle with orange juice.
4. Bake 30 - 35 minutes or until golden brown and fruit is soft. Drizzle with caramel dip.

Nutrition Information:
Apple Pear Crumble Calories 417, Fat 12.54g, Protein 6.43g, Carbohydrate 85.72g, Fiber 7.66g, Cholesterol 30mg, Sodium 57mg, Calcium 61mg, Vitamin A 431 IU, Vitamin C 10.37mg, Iron 2.22mg

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Images courtesty of Produce for Kids

Michigan Home Mommy Works received compensation through this program.  Any opinions expressed here are my own.

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