Fun new recipes from Produce for Kids website

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Mamas, we know from experience how BUSY this time of year is. The weeks leading up to the end of school are a blur with recitals, awards assemblies, sports banquets, end-of-year school programs, graduation ceremonies, etc. The list of things to do seems endless, which means it feels that much tougher to make plans for what to cook.

So we went in search of some easy but delicious (and good-for-you) recipes that you can keep in your back pocket, and we hit the jackpot on the Produce for Kids website, 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 is for an easy, comforting cheesy casserole that knows how to sneak in a few veggies, too. This can be made ahead of time in anticipation of one of those days when time is super short.

Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Cauliflower Rice Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (16 oz.) package Green Giant™ Fresh Cauliflower Crumbles®
  • 8 ounces broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup shredded lowfat Cheddar cheese

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper, to taste and place in heated skillet. Cook 3-5 minutes per side, or until browned. Cover and cook through. Remove from heat and let cool before chopping.
  2. Return skillet to medium-low heat. Add butter and let melt. Add flour and whisk 1 minute. Whisk in broth and milk until smooth. Bring to a simmer and cook 2-3 minutes, or until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in curry powder and pepper.
  3. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Spray 8×8-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  4. Place cauliflower and broccoli in large bowl, cover and microwave on HIGH 3 minutes. Let cool slightly. Add chicken and prepared sauce and mix well. Transfer to baking dish and top with cheese.
  5. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until bubbly and cheese is melted.

And here’s an easy side-salad…

If you make the casserole featured above ahead of time, all you’d need to do is throw together this side salad (in 10 minutes) and dinner is ready. We love the splash of pretty orange segments in this dish. This recipe serves 8.

Mandarin Tossed Salad

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup tarragon wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package salad greens
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 6 green onions, sliced
  • 3 Melissa’s® Pixie Tangerines, peeled, segmented
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Directions:

  1. Whisk together oil, vinegar, sugar, hot sauce, salt and pepper in bowl. Set aside.
  2. Combine lettuce, celery, green onions and mandarins in large bowl. Pour dressing over salad and mix well. Top with toasted almonds.

 And here’s the perfect drink for spring and summer…

Most kids (and adults) love lemonade but not the crazy amount of sugar that often comes in it. This Sparkling Pomegranate Lemonade recipe allows you to use less sugar without the drink becoming too tart for little ones.

Sparkling Pomegranate Lemonade

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice, from 6-8 lemons
  • 1/2 cup Pom Wonderful® juice
  • 6 cups sparkling water, chilled
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar

Directions:

  1. Mix ingredients together in a large pitcher. Serve chilled.

For more fun recipes: If you’re always on the hunt for new recipes that are kid-friendly, follow Produce for Kids on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

How you can help: In Northwest Arkansas, you’ll find Produce for Kids signage at area Harps stores and Price Cutter. 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.

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