Kids in the Kitchen Recipe: Meatloaf Milano Cupcakes

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Recipe Remixes | March 25, 2015 | By

0224 Meatloaf Milano _Cupcakes_Did you know that children who participate in meal preparation with their mother or father tend to have better eating habits than those who don’t? Kids who help prepare their families’ meals tend to eat more fruits, vegetables and dietary fiber and are more willing to try new foods.

This month, we want to help you create opportunities to get your kids involved in the kitchen. Younger children can help with rinsing fruits and vegetables, tearing lettuce for a salad and cutting soft foods with a butter knife. Older kids can assist in creating these twists on our April menu, such as turning Meatloaf Milano into cupcakes.

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Get Your Kids in the Kitchen

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Did you know that kids learn about food and eating at a very young age? That getting your kids involved in the kitchen can help shape their eating habits for the rest of their lives. Positive experiences about food early on in a child’s life may help them develop healthy eating habits in the future. A recent study found that children who are exposed to cooking through culinary classes or aiding a parent or family member in preparing their meals in their home will be more likely to choose healthier foods not only in your own home, but when they are outside of your home, too. Researchers also found that the children who were involved in meal preparation had a higher intake of fruits, vegetables and dietary fiber and an increased willingness to try new foods.

Need some fun ways to get your kids involved in the kitchen? Try these tips for all ages:

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Kids in the Kitchen Recipe: Chicken Costoletta Fingers

Chicken Costoletta

Recipe Remixes | March 25, 2015 | By

0779 Chicken Costoletta FingersDid you know that children who participate in meal preparation with their mother or father tend to have better eating habits than those who don’t? Kids who help prepare their families’ meals tend to eat more fruits, vegetables and dietary fiber and are more willing to try new foods.

This month, we want to help you create opportunities to get your kids involved in the kitchen. Younger children can help with rinsing fruits and vegetables, tearing lettuce for a salad and cutting soft foods with a butter knife. Older kids can assist in creating these twists on our April menu, such as turning Chicken Costoletta into kid-friendly chicken fingers.

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Three Kid-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Ideas

Did leprechauns pay a visit to your house today? If not, treat your kids to a little St. Patrick’s Day fun with these family-friendly ideas.

Fill glass containers with gold Rollos, rainbow Skittles and cloud-like marshmallows for a festive treat. 

  1. Send your kids on a leprechaun scavenger hunt, with a sweet surprise at hidden at the end of the rainbow. This is incredibly simple to pull off by printing out and hiding these scavenger hunt clues from Jenny Cookies.
  2. Add a little green theme to your dinner tonight! We think these loaded green potatoes would be a great festive side and a sneaky way to get a little extra veggies in. All you need is a bag of Finishing Touch Baby Bakers, mashed potatoes, green onions and broccoli florets.
  3. Take a short cut and just add festive toppings to store bought doughnuts for a treat your kids are sure to love. We’re partial to this Lucky Charms topping idea.

Introducing Our March Throwback Menu

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Family Dinner | February 27, 2015 | By

You asked, and we answered with March’s throwback menu! In honor of our anniversary month, we’re bringing back five of our most requested meals from past menus. These old favorites are only available for a limited time, so make sure to add them to your March order.

Never tried these dinners before? You can trust that these new-to-you meals won’t fail to impress. These are all fan favorite recipes that have withstood the test of time, and you won’t want to miss them.

0298_white_chicken_lasagna_socialWhite Chicken Lasagna
This creamy lasagna is layered with tender diced chicken breast, wild mushroom pesto, and spinach. Then topped with Parmesan and the unexpected elegance of toasted pecans. One pan goes from freezer to table in about an hour. Easy for entertaining!

0506_pesto_primavera_french_bread_socialPesto Chicken Stuffed French Bread
This old favorite has been updated with more sauce and cheese… so delicious! Our signature stuffed French bread bursts with a basil pesto cream cheese spread. Stuffed with chicken and artichoke hearts for an easy dinner. Comes out golden brown and bubbling with flavor.

0409_Mango_Chutney_Chicken_Jasmine_Rice_socialMango Chutney Chicken
Super easy! Sweet mango chutney makes a golden sauce that simmers stovetop. This delicious, 25-minute dinner features our all-natural, boneless chicken breasts. Serve over Jasmine rice for a perfect end to your day.

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5 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Your Family

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Holidays | February 12, 2015 | By

Valentine’s Day isn’t just about romantic gestures for your significant other. It’s also the perfect time to show your family how much you care. Take advantage of the holiday weekend and try one of these special ideas that are sure to make their day and may even become a new Valentine’s tradition!

  1. Spend the afternoon crafting homemade Valentines with your kids. They’ll be so excited to share their creations with their friends, siblings and even grandparents! These ideas from Pinterest are simple and sweet, but you could also go all out with lots of glitter, heart shapes and lace doilies.
  2. Sneak fun Valentine-themed treats and a little love note into their lunch at school this week.
  3. From heart-shaped bacon to pink cinnamon rolls, a special Valentine’s breakfast is something the whole family will enjoy.
  4. Place a card at each family members’ spot at the dinner table and have each person write a special message in each card throughout the day. Then, when you sit down for dinner, you’ll each have a special note with messages of love from the whole family.
  5. Eating dinner by candlelight is an easy way to make family dinner extra special for Valentine’s Day. Pull out the pink and red decor, leave a box of chocolate on each person’s plate, light the candles and serve a delicious meal like Chicken and Shrimp Carbonara. This is a tradition you’ll come back to year after year!

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Super Bowl Appetizer: Thai Peanut Chicken Skewers

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Looking for easy and delicious appetizer ideas for your Super Bowl party? It’s so easy to turn your Dream Dinner meals into appetizers for the big game. Instead of spending hours prepping food in the kitchen, you’ll be able to join the party and enjoy time with family and friends. 

To turn your Thai Peanut Chicken into an appetizer:

  1. Cut each raw chicken breast into four slices the long way.  

  2. Weave chicken onto small skewer and cook as directed.

  3. Serve swimming in the peanut sauce with fresh chopped cilantro over.

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Super Bowl Appetizer: Meatball Marinara Stuffed French Bread

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Looking for easy and delicious appetizer ideas for your Super Bowl party? It’s so easy to turn your Dream Dinner meals into appetizers for the big game. Instead of spending hours prepping food in the kitchen, you’ll be able to join the party and enjoy time with family and friends. 

To serve your Meatball Marinara Stuffed French Bread as an appetizer:

  1. After baking as directed, let rest 10 minutes.  

  2. Place a tooth pick diagonally through the French bread, meatball and other side of French bread.

  3. Slice between each meatball, leaving tooth pick in to serve.

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Super Bowl Appetizer: Chicken and White Bean Chili with Corn Cakes

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Looking for easy and delicious appetizer ideas for your Super Bowl party? It’s so easy to turn your Dream Dinner meals into appetizers for the big game. Instead of spending hours prepping food in the kitchen, you’ll be able to join the party and enjoy time with family and friends. 

To turn your Chicken and White Bean Chili into an appetizer:

  1. Make the chili as directed and/or in a crock pot.

  2. Serve in small mugs.

  3. Make the corn cake the diameter of the mugs and serve on top.

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Super Bowl Appetizer: Asian Sticky Ribs

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Looking for easy and delicious appetizer ideas for your Super Bowl party? It’s so easy to turn your Dream Dinner meals into appetizers for the big game. Instead of spending hours prepping food in the kitchen, you’ll be able to join the party and enjoy time with family and friends.

To turn your Asian Sticky Ribs into an appetizer:

  1. Cook the ribs as directed.

  2. Cut into single ribs and serve with fresh sliced cucumbers.

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