Mealtime Mama: Dijon Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops

mealtime-mama-category-sponsor-banner-2017Happy Monday, mamas! If you’re looking for a new idea for dinner, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a recipe for pork chops we found on the Harps website. One reviewer (who gave the recipe 5 stars) said she uses this same recipe for chicken breasts, too. Try it with both proteins to see what you like best.

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Dijon Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops

dijon mustardIngredients

4  pork chops (3-ounces each)

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs

3 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese

Cooking spray

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

Dijon pork chops2. Brush both sides of pork chops with dijon mustard.

3. Combine bread crumbs and parmesan cheese in a shallow bowl.

4. Dip each pork chop into the bread crumb mixture and turn until evenly coated.

Dijon pork chops nutrition info5. Place pork chops on a lightly greased baking sheet, using cooking spray.

6. Bake in oven until done, approximately 12 – 14 minutes for thin chops, 20 minutes for thicker cuts.

Meal Solution Tip:
Serve with steamed asparagus spears, Gouda Mac and Cheese*, whole wheat dinner rolls and low fat or fat free milk.

*Gouda Macaroni & Cheese – Prepare Macaroni and Cheese according to package directions and add 3 oz. shredded gouda when making sauce. Season with 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce before serving, if desired.

For more meal inspiration, click here to check out the HUGE collection of recipes on the Harps website. You can register (for free) on the site and save all your favorites (or share one with a friend) by clicking one button. It’s super easy to search for ingredients, and we love how organized the recipe collection is. While you’re there, sign up to use the Harps Digital Coupon program. (No more forgetting your paper coupons at home!) Just enter your phone number at checkout and your coupons will be applied to the total. It’s so easy, and it’s one more reason we love shopping at Harps.

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Mealtime Mama: Hip Hop Bunny Cake for Easter

mealtime-mama-category-sponsor-banner-2017Happy Monday, mamas! Easter is hopping our way this weekend, so here’s a fun bunny cake to make with the kids this week. (Don’t be scared by the length of the recipe. The review we read by a fellow mom says it’s pretty easy to make.)

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Hip Hop Bunny Cake

Ingredients

  • hip hop cake21 Golden Vanilla cake mix
  • 1 package coconut, divided (14 ounces)
  • 1 container whipped vanilla frosting (12 ounces)
  • jelly beans
  • shoestring licorice

Directions

Prepare cake mix according to package directions resulting in 2 baked 9-inch round cake layers. Allow to cool.

Measure 2-1/2 cups coconut and set aside. Divide remaining coconut into separate containers with a lid or zip lock type bag as follows:
3/4 cup to be tinted pink
2 cups tinted green

(To tint coconut, add 1 to 2 drops food coloring, close bag or cover with lid and shake to tint coconut the desired color.) Set aside.

Using powdered sugar, dust a cutting board and an 11- by 17-inch jelly roll pan with sugar. Place one round cake layer in the center of the jelly roll pan to serve as the bunny’s head.

Place remaining layer on cutting board and cutout a half circle shape on each side of the cake (for the ears) leaving a bowtie shape in the center of the cake. The bowtie shape should resemble an hourglass and be about 1 1/2-inches in width at the widest area. Place half circle shapes above the bunny’s head pointing upwards to resemble bunny ears. Place the remaining hourglass shape below the cake round to make a bowtie or collar.

Frost the entire top and sides of cake with frosting.

White Coconut:
Sprinkle bunny’s head and ears with white coconut. Press additional coconut onto sides of cake.

jelly beansPink Coconut:
Sprinkle pink coconut in center of bunny’s ears and on the bow-tie/collar. Press additional pink coconut onto sides of cake.

Green Coconut:
Sprinkle green coconut around outer edge of bunny to cover the exposed pan and resemble grass.

Bunny’s face:
2 pink jellybeans to resemble eyes
6 3-inch strands of licorice to resemble whiskers
1 dark colored jelly bean for the nose
1 jelly bean for the mouth
3 jelly beans in the center of the bowtie or collar to resemble buttons

For more meal inspiration, click here to check out the HUGE collection of recipes on the Harps website. You can register (for free) on the site and save all your favorites (or share one with a friend) by clicking one button. It’s super easy to search for ingredients, and we love how organized the recipe collection is. While you’re there, sign up to use the Harps Digital Coupon program. (No more forgetting your paper coupons at home!) Just enter your phone number at checkout and your coupons will be applied to the total. It’s so easy, and it’s one more reason we love shopping at Harps.

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Produce for Kids: Help fight childhood hunger here in NWA just by shopping

Gwen & Shan roundNote from the mamas: We partnered with Produce for Kids to bring you this sponsored post. I think we can all agree that creating a healthier generation is a goal we can all support — 100%! And you can bet we’ll be grabbing these brands on our next big grocery shopping day!

When it comes to food and nutrition in America, two of the main issues we face are:

1) a lack of food for people in need

2) the lack of nutrition expertise on how to shop for and prepare healthy foods

PFK Logo_4CWe recently partnered with a program called Produce for Kids, which tackles both of those issues in a unique way that makes us — parents! –  a partner in the solution for both of these issues.

We all go to the grocery store, right? If you shop at one of the participating stores  — Harps and Price Cutter are participating in Northwest Arkansas — you can put certain items in your cart that will help support local Feeding America food banks.

And bonus… the brands on the list offer plenty of healthy options you’d want in your fridge and pantry anyway. Easy peasy.

Here’s how the program works: Step 1 — Shop at Harps and/or Price Cutter and look for the Produce for Kids signage in the produce department.

Step 2 — Simply buy a few of the brands that are participating in the Produce for Kids program. (Look for the Produce for Kids logo on the packaging of the following brands.) Here’s a list of the participating brands you should toss into your grocery cart:

  • Borton Fruit
  • Cool Creations
  • Dole Salads
  • Growers Vegetable Express
  • Melissa’s Produce
  • Naturipe
  • Organicgirl
  • Sage Fruit
  • Schmieding Produce
  • RealSweet by Shuman Produce
  • Sunkist Growers, Inc.

Just by purchasing a few items made by these brands, you’re helping support more than 200 food banks that lead the fight against hunger in the United States. The Feeding America program provides food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs across the country. (The Northwest Arkansas Food Bank is part of the Feeding America program.)

The program also helps to educate the public about the problem of hunger and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry.

In addition to what this program does for the well-being of our community, it also provides practical advice to parents who sincerely want our kids to grow up with good eating habits that will help keep them healthy for a lifetime. The program’s website, ProduceForKids.com, has more than 300 registered dietitian-approved (and family-tested) recipes you can try. The site also has meal planning tool, lunchbox ideas and healthy tips from fellow parents. (Follow Produce for Kids on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat if you’d like to see new recipe ideas and healthy eating tips throughout the year.)

We took a look at some of their kid-friendly recipes, and they look easy and tasty, too. Here’s one we like:

Banana, Blueberry and Mango Smoothie

Ingredients:Banana, Blueberry & Mango Smoothie

  • 2 cups low fat vanilla yogurt
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 cup Naturipe® blueberries
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1/2 cup spinach, loosely packed

Directions: Add yogurt, bananas, mango, blueberries, ice and spinach to blender. Blend until smooth.

Note: The recipe takes 5 minutes or less to prepare and would work great for breakfast or after-school snacks. And for those with allergy concerns, this recipe is nut-free, egg-free, soy-free, and gluten-free.

If your kids are big fans of the always-popular chicken nugget, here’s a recipe for a healthy version to try sometime soon.

Healthy Chicken Nuggets

Ingredients:Healthy Chicken Nuggets

  • 2 cups Green Giant™ Fresh Cauliflower Crumbles
  • 3 cups cooked chopped chicken breast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs, divided
  • 3 tablespoons milk, divided
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 1/2 cups bran flakes

Directions:

  1. Place cauliflower and 2 Tbsp. water in bowl. Cover loosely and microwave HIGH for 2 minutes at a time, for 5-6 minutes or until very tender.
  2. Place cauliflower, chicken and salt in food processor and pulse into very small pieces.
  3. Whisk 1 egg and 1 Tbsp. milk in small bowl. Add to cauliflower and puree until smooth. Mixture should be slightly damp but able to hold together when pressed. If too dry, add a drizzle of milk and puree.
  4. Preheat oven to 400. Spray large baking sheet with baking spray.
  5. Put flour on plate. In bowl whisk together remaining eggs and milk. In separate bowl, add bran flakes and crumble into small pieces.
  6. Scoop 1 Tbsp. of cauliflower mixture and drop gently into flour. Use fingers to roll around to coat, forming into a ball. Remove from flour and place in egg mixture; flip to coat. Remove and place into bran flakes. Roll around to coat. Transfer ball to prepared baking sheet and press down and flatten into a ¾” inch thick oval. Spray nuggets with baking spray.
  7. Place in oven and bake 15 minutes, or until nuggets begin to darken underneath. Flip and cook 10 minutes. Serve immediately or allow to cool on pan.

Hope you love the recipes! Be sure to bookmark the website for those times when you need specific produce tips, like how to peel a mango or how to cut a butternut squash. The tips are really helpful.

If you live outside Northwest Arkansas, here’s a complete list of the grocery stores participating in the Produce for Kids program. (Thanks to one of our website sponsors, Harps and Price Cutter, for offering this program in Northwest Arkansas!)   Produce For Kids Graphic

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Mealtime Mama: BLT Chicken Salad Recipe

mealtime-mama-category-sponsor-banner-2017Happy Monday, mamas! We’re officially in Spring now, which always gives us a little reality check because Spring means that swimsuit season isn’t too far away. (Yikes!) If you’re like us and want to shape up before it’s tomato tape measure2time to hit the beach or the pool, here’s a healthy recipe we found on the Harp’s website that’s low in carbs. Hope you enjoy it!

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BLT Chicken Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 large lettuce leaves
  • 1 large tomato, dicedlettuce3
  • 3 slices of crisp fried bacon, crumbled
  • 1 hard-cooked egg, sliced
  • Additional mayonnaise as needed

Directions

BLT chicken salad recipe nutrition boxBrush chicken with mayonnaise; sprinkle with pepper. Grill for 5-7 minutes on each side or until no longer pink in center.

Cool slightly; cut into thin strips. Arrange lettuce leaves on serving plates. Top with chicken, tomato, bacon and egg. Spoon on additional mayonnaise, if you like.

For more meal inspiration, click here to check out the HUGE collection of recipes on the Harps website. You can register (for free) on the site and save all your favorites (or share one with a friend) by clicking one button. It’s super easy to search for ingredients, and we love how organized the recipe collection is. While you’re there, sign up to use the Harps Digital Coupon program. (No more forgetting your paper coupons at home!) Just enter your phone number at checkout and your coupons will be applied to the total. It’s so easy, and it’s one more reason we love shopping at Harps.

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Mealtime Mama: Bread and Butter Pudding with Irish Whiskey Cream Sauce

mealtime-mama-category-sponsor-banner-2017Happy Monday, mamas! Welcome to the middle of March. St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on Friday, so we’re celebrating the Irish with this week’s recipe, which we found on the Harps website. It sounds SO good. Most kids love bananas and pudding, and there are only two tablespoons of Irish whiskey in this one so we think it’s pretty tame. ;-) Hope you enjoy it!

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Bread and Butter Pudding with Irish Whiskey Cream Sauce

Ingredientsbread and butter pudding irish whiskey cream

  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 4 tablespoons butter (at room temperature)
  • 10 slices white bread
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinammon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • Hot water

Whiskey sauce ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons Irish whiskey

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.st-patricks-day-2130023_640 (2)

Spray an 8- inch square baking dish with cooking spray. In a small bowl, cover raisins with hot water and soak for 10 minutes.

Butter the bread, remove crusts and cut each slice in half diagonally. Arrange half of the bread, buttered side up, in the prepared pan. Drain the raisins and sprinkle over bread. Arrange remaining bread over the raisins.

Stir milk, 1 cup cream, granulated sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in medium saucepan over medium heat until mixture begins to boil, 5 to 7 minutes; stirring constantly. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla extract and beaten eggs. Pour custard over bread, cover with aluminum foil and let sit for 10 minutes before placing in the oven.

Place covered dish in a 13 x 9- inch baking pan. Place the pan in the oven and pour enough hot water into pan to come 2/3 up the sides of the baking dish. Bake until custard is set, 50 to 55 minutes. Remove the foil covered pudding from the oven leaving the water-filled pan to cool inside the oven before removing.

Whiskey Sauce:
Stir 1 3/4 cups cream in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat until liquid just begins to boil. Remove from heat.

Whisk 2 tbsp granulated sugar and egg yolks in a small bowl until light and fluffy. Whisk egg mixture into cream. Place pan over low heat and stir constantly until sauce thickens, about 10 minutes. Stir in whiskey. Spoon warm sauce over each serving of pudding.

For more meal inspiration, click here to check out the HUGE collection of recipes on the Harps website. You can register (for free) on the site and save all your favorites (or share one with a friend) by clicking one button. It’s super easy to search for ingredients, and we love how organized the recipe collection is. While you’re there, sign up to use the Harps Digital Coupon program. (No more forgetting your paper coupons at home!) Just enter your phone number at checkout and your coupons will be applied to the total. It’s so easy, and it’s one more reason we love shopping at Harps.

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