After all that holiday cooking in December, sometimes a mama feels “kitchen fatigue” after all the hoopla is over. So today we’re bringing you a recipe that takes all of 10 minutes to prep and only 20 minutes to cook. (Or you can throw it all into the slow cooker and let it cook while you’re doing other things!)
January is soup weather, and we love this one that we found on the Produce for Kids website. We’ve partnered with Produce for Kids, which provides easy, fun recipes and encourages healthy eating. Through partnerships with produce and grocery stores, the organization has also donated more than $6.4 million to charities that benefit kids and families. (Since 2015, Produce for Kids has been donating to the Feeding America charity.)
The recipe below marries healthy veggies with some people-pleasing pasta. Yum!
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 stalks Dandy® celery, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 1 RealSweet® sweet onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
- 1 (48 oz.) carton low-sodium vegetable broth
- 1 (14.5 oz) can low-sodium diced tomatoes
- 1 head escarole, roughly chopped
- 12 oz. Eat Smart® green beans, chopped
- 1 cup frozen sweet corn
- 1 (12 oz.) package dry tortellini
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add celery, carrots, onion and garlic. Cook 5-10 minutes, or until tender.
Increase heat to high; add broth, tomatoes, escarole, green beans and corn. Bring to a boil and add tortellini. Reduce heat and simmer 9-10 minutes, or until tortellini is cooked. Top with 1½ tsp. cheese.
And now for a little dessert…
To satisfy a sweet tooth, here’s a recipe from the Produce for Kids website for Strawberry & Yogurt Bites, which would be perfect to make for Valentine’s Day or anytime you want to make a treat with extra love. The heart-shaped molds should be easy to find in stores right now, and your kids will love helping you fill them. The yogurt used in the recipe below is just plain Greek yogurt sweetened with a little honey (but any flavor or type of yogurt can be used).
- 1/2 cup chopped Naturipe® strawberries
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons honey
Mix strawberries, yogurt and honey in bowl. Add to heart-shaped molds or ice cube tray.
Freeze at least 2 hours, or until set.
How you can help: In Northwest Arkansas, you’ll find Produce for Kids signage at area Harps stores. When you see the signs, consider buying some of the brands (shown below) which are part of the Produce for Kids program. By supporting those brands, you’ll be helping this organization give back to local Feeding America food bank programs, which help thousands of people in Northwest Arkansas.