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The Benefits of Adding Frozen Foods to Your Meal and Snack Line Up

This is a guest post written by Elizabeth Davenport, MPH, RDN, LD.

March is Frozen Food Month AND National Nutrition Month. So, it’s a fitting time for a Registered Dietitian to write a guest post about frozen foods! Often frozen foods get a bad rap. Many of the nutrition messages we see these days are either inaccurate or fear based. They leave us feeling like we’re not doing enough and not feeding ourselves and our families in the best way possible.

Nutrition is not black and white and there are many ways to eat and feed our families well. I use frozen foods on a regular basis in my own cooking. It’s absolutely OK, and beneficial, to use frozen foods and other convenience foods when feeding your family. Actually, there are quite a few benefits to incorporating frozen foods into your meal and snack line up.

Nutritious

One of the benefits of using frozen fruits and vegetables is that they’re typically picked at peak ripeness and processed (frozen) right there on the farm where they’re grown. Fresh fruits and vegetables have to be picked a little earlier for shipping and begin to slowly lose nutrients. This is a natural process and doesn’t mean that fresh isn’t a good option. However, freezing fresh fruits and veggies essentially locks in the nutrients by stopping the oxidation.

Many frozen foods, especially fruits and vegetables, have only one ingredient, the produce itself.

There are also brands like Mom Made Foods that have products with impressively short lists of ingredients. This is the ingredient list for Mom Made Foods Turkey Meatball Bites!

And look at this impressive list for their Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs!

Convenient and Affordable

Frozen foods offer a great deal of convenience. I keep a variety of frozen foods on hand to put together “go-to” meals. We’re all so pressed for time it seems. It’s nice to know you have meals in your freezer that you can truly cook in 20 minutes or less. Making a dinner out of frozen foods is a nice alternative to cooking from scratch or eating out.

And of course, with frozen produce, you don’t need to worry about using it right away and you can get out of season produce. It’s helpful to be able to pull out just the amount you need and leave the rest in the freezer to cook another time, especially when children are young and eating smaller portions.

Frozen fruits and veggies are also a big time saver because they’re already washed, peeled, and cut. Prepared foods can also be a big time saver. Rather than making meatballs, you can buy them frozen and made with similar ingredients. And frozen foods are often more affordable than fresh and certainly more affordable than take-out.

Family Favorites

I use frozen foods in many different ways throughout my week. Here are some of my family favorites:

Frozen fruits are great in smoothies (here’s recipe for an easy fruit and yogurt smoothie) and in items like muffins, quick breads and baked oatmeal.

Frozen vegetables: I keep spinach stocked for spinach lasagna, spinach quesadillas and spinach enchiladas. I also keep frozen peas and green beans to use as a veggie side on busy nights or to use in weeknight fried rice or soups like this one.

Other frozen foods that are prepared foods are beneficial to keep on hand for easy meals and snacks. You’ll always find frozen meatballs in my freezer. Spaghetti and Meatballs is a favorite “go-to” meal that both of us at Sunny Side Up Nutrition have on our regular meal lists. I keep a few boxes of Mom Made Meatballs in the freezer to make spaghetti and meatballs when I need an easy dinner. And my family loves Mom Made Meatballs in meatball subs!

Mom Made Foods has some quick, healthy recipes on their blog like this one for Meatball and Orzo Soup.

Items like frozen waffles are great for a meal or snack along with some fruit and a glass of milk. Some of my family’s other favorite frozen foods are frozen croissants, mini pizzas, hash browns, breakfast sausages, veggie spring rolls, sweet potato fries, chicken tenders, rice, dinner rolls and lasagna.

What are some of your favorite frozen foods to keep on hand?

Elizabeth Davenport, MPH, RDN, LD is a registered dietitian. She co-writes the blog Sunny Side Up Nutrition and she’s in private practice in Washington, DC at Pinney Davenport Nutrition. We believe food doesn’t have to be complicated and that feeding your family doesn’t have to leave you feeling overwhelmed.

Visit us at Sunny Side Up Nutrition for tips for raising intuitive eaters and feeding your family.






Meatball Tacos or Mini Taco Appetizers

Taco Night Made Easy by Mom Made

Kiddos and adults, all love tacos, right? BUT tacos can be messy. Well, we've got your solution.  Make some tacos or taco bites with our tasty and healthy meatballs and you're well on your way to a kid-friendly meal with half the work!

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Cook Time: 3 Minutes

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Yields: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

8 Taco Shells or 1 Bag of Scoop Chips

1 Box Beef & Cheese Mom Made Meatballs

1 cup Lettuce, shredded

1 Jar Salsa

1 C Cheddar Cheese, shredded

Cilantro, additional veggies, guacamole or sour cream optional.

Instructions:

Heat Mom Made Beef & Cheese Meatball Bites according to directions on box. Place lettuce and salsa in taco shells or scoops. Position meatballs on top of lettuce and salsa. Top off with cheddar cheese. 

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Valentine's Day Dinner

Valentine’s Day dinner

Food is LOVE.

Are your kids digging up stickers, colored paper and the markers to make Valentine cards before the class parties tomorrow? Are you planning a special family dinner?

As for a love-filled dinner, how about a forkless dinner? The kids will think they’ve gone to heaven.

Head over to your favorite craft or party store for some heart toothpicks, ie Michaels or Party City. Or, make some yourself with construction paper, toothpicks and glue. Then pull your favorite Mom Made Meatballs from the freezer. Prep the meatballs in no more than five minutes. Serve with your favorite dipping sauces, cheese cubes, as well as bite-size fresh veggies and fruit.

If you really want to make it special, go around the table saying one thing you love about each person at the table.

Presto! Your family will know they are loved!

If you’re needing more ideas, here are a few of our favorite easy Valentine's ideas on Pinterest, ranging from homemade crafts and healthy foods to family activities.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Meatball and Orzo Soup

Meatball Orzo Soup made with Mom Made antibioitic-free meatballs. Your whole family will love this simple recipe. Perfect for a chilly evening!

From The Six O'Clock Scramble: "This is a really fun recipe from subscriber (and my college friend) Jill Rabach. It’s also great for a busy night because it’s a one-pot meal to cook and a one-bowl meal to eat, so clean up is a breeze. Serve it with whole wheat or white dinner rolls."

Prep Time : Prep + Cook = 30 minutes
Yield : 6 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each

1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, finely diced (about 1 cup)
2 carrots,finely diced (about 2 cups)
1 1/2 tsp.minced garlic (3 cloves)
32 oz. reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
1 cup water
15 oz. no-salt added petite-diced tomatoes, with their liquid
2 boxes of Mom Made Turkey Meatball Bites
1/2 cup orzo
3 cups fresh spinach, coarsely chopped (or one box of frozen spinach)

In a large stockpot, heat the oil over medium heat. When it is hot add the onions, carrots and garlic, and sauté them until they onions and carrots are tender, about 5 minutes.

Add the broth, water, and tomatoes, cover it and bring it to a boil. Add the meatballs and orzo, and stir frequently for a minute or two so the noodles don’t stick to the bottom of the pot. Simmer the soup for 15 minutes, partially covered, stirring occasionally. (Meanwhile, warm the dinner rolls, if you are serving them.) Stir in the spinach and let it wilt for one minute. Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste, and serve it immediately.

Do Ahead or Delegate: Dice the onion and the carrots, peel the garlic, chop the spinach.

Scramble Flavor Booster: Use fire-roasted diced tomatoes rather than plain, and/or add a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes to the soup along with the orzo.

Tip: Keeping all cooked foods and liquids covered while in your refrigerator not only prevents spills and odors, but also helps to prevent the build-up of humidity.

Side Dish suggestion: Serve it with whole wheat or white dinner rolls, warmed in a 300 degree oven for 5 - 10 minutes.

Easy and Special Christmas Breakfast

Keep the "Merry" before "Christmas" the morning of 12/25. 

Christmas morning, the kids are engulfed in present mania but need something nutritious in their bellies to counteract the candy canes. This dish, Mom Made Chicken Apple Meatballs, served with maple syrup for dipping, is the perfect protein you can prepare in a couple minutes and they can eat while unwrapping.

Serve with fresh, warm Bake‘mm Bagels, cream cheese and juice. All Mom Made and Bake’mm Bagels are on sale for 40% off! At checkout use promo code HOLIDAY40 thru 12/31/18.

Recipe:

Prep Time – 3 min

Cook Time – 2 min…no kidding!

You will need:

  • Mom Made’s frozen, antibiotic-free Chicken & Apple Meatballs (8oz)

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil

  • 1/4 Cup water

  • Maple syrup

  • Skewers or toothpicks (for serving)

Instructions:

  • Heat the meatballs on stovetop according to directions on the box.

  • Place on a plate and add some maple syrup for dipping!

Happy (peace-filled) holidays from the Mom Made family to yours!

How to Make Marshmallows

A Homemade Holiday Treat

We eat nearly all organic foods in our house but somehow marshmallows find their way into our house regularly. My kids LOVE marshmallows. LOVE.

This year I decided to try something different for our holiday cooking fest.  Thanks to an idea that inspired me on Pinterest from Martha Stewart, we made vanilla and candycane marshmallows in the shapes of snowflakes.

Thanks to our awesome neighbors, we borrowed a candy thermometer and snowflake cookie cutters. It's not often (if at all!) that you find me cooking with corn syrup, but we went for it, heating it and sugar (yes, so healthy!) to 238 degrees then adding it slowly to gelatin and whipping it for 12 minutes. It was pretty simple but the key was to put vegetable oil on the spatula before pressing it into the greased pan.

This was a first for us in making marshmallows and we all agreed, they taste so much better than the store bought marshmallows.

Such a treat!

How to make homemade marshmallows? So much fun to make homemade marshmallows with the kids then enjoy them together in a cup of hot chocolate.

Do you have a recipe that you made with your kids for the holidays?  Please share!  Happy holidays from our family to yours!

dipping meatball APPETIZER

Meatballs, dipping sauces & some toothpicks ... what could be simpler?

Whether you're fixing a feast for youngsters or grandparents, this delicious dish is sure to delight!

Total Time: 5-8 Minutes

This one's super simple!  Just cook your favorite Mom Made Meatballs as directed on the box, pour some sauces in dipping bowls, set out some toothpicks, and you're good to go! This also works well for the kids who don't care for the Thanksgiving turkey as a no fuss protein. What sauce, you ask? We recommend cranberry, barbecue, and/or apple sauce to dip.

Enjoy!

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Packing Mom Made in Your Child's School Lunch

Are you tired of packing the same thing Monday thru Friday in your child’s lunchbox? We hear from many customers that their kids love to have Mom Made meatballs in their lunchbox. They make a perfect lunchbox main as they’re easy to prepare, high protein and clean to eat.

Easy as 1-2-3!

  1. As you are preparing the lunch in the early morning, heat a thermos. Add hot water to the thermos and let it set for 5 minutes.

  2. In the meantime, heat the Mom Made meatballs according to directions.

  3. Pour out the hot water used to heat the thermos. Add the meatballs to the thermos along with some of the liquid you used to heat them. Add a fork to their lunchbox, a love note and some healthy sides your child likes. Voila!

If you don’t already have a thermos for your child’s lunch, click here to see some we like.

To find Mom Made meatballs in a store near you or purchase online, click here.

Packing Mom Made in your child’s lunchbox

Meatball Mummies

Looking for something so yummy it's scary this Halloween? 

At Halloween, it can be challenging to get kids eating healthy. When sugary treats abound and veggies seem scarier than normal, treat your kiddos to a tasty dinner packed with protein, good fats, and just the right amount of 'fright'!

Cook Time: 10-15 Minutes

Total Time: 20-30 Minutes

Yields: 8 Skewers

Ingredients:

  • 1 box Mom Made Turkey Meatballs

  • 1 box Linguine Noodles

  • 1 cup Marinara Sauce

  • Ketchup or diced olives (for eyes, as desired)

Instructions:

Cook linguine noodles according to box directions, drain the add olive oil to coat the noodles preventing them from sticking together. Warm Mom Made Meatball Bites as directed on box. Place four meatballs on each skewer. Wrap linguine noodles around the meatball "body," leaving a space near the top of the skewer for eyes. Dot the opening with marinara sauce, ketchup or diced olives to create eyes.

Dip mummies in marinara sauce and enjoy!

No need to be frightened, Mom Made is in a store near you!

Mom's MORNING MUFFINS

Fuel your kids with a healthy, quick breakfast

A tasty spin on the traditional egg and meat breakfast, Mom's Morning Muffins are packed with protein and plenty of flavor.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Yields: 12 Muffins

Ingredients:

3/4 cup shredded hash brown potatoes

6 eggs

1/4 cup milk

3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 cup green onion, finely chopped

16 Mom Made Foods Beef & Cheese Meatball Bites

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease muffin pan well. Microwave Mom Made Foods Beef & Cheese Meatball Bites according to package instructions, allow meatballs to cool, cut into quarters and set aside. Beat eggs in mixing bowl, add milk, shredded hash browns, meatballs, green onions and shredded cheese. Stir well. Scoop egg mixture into muffin pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until “muffins” are set. Serve immediately, or, let cool and freeze for quick breakfasts all week!

To reheat frozen muffins, microwave on high for one minute. 

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Chicken & Waffles on a Stick

A Southern-inspired kid's meal

Looking for a way to combine our Chicken & Apple Meatballs Bites with waffles?  We crafted this Mom Made original that will have the kiddos asking for seconds!

Easiest Chicken and Waffle Recipe kids love

Easiest Chicken and Waffle Recipe kids love

Cook Time: 3-4 Minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

Easiest Chicken and Waffle Recipe kids love

1 (8 oz.) boxes Mom Made Chicken & Apple Meatball Bites
24 Mini Frozen Waffles
1/4 cup Pure Maple Syrup

Directions:

Cook Mom Made Chicken & Apple Meatball Bites & toast waffles as directed on box. Spear meatball, waffle, meatball, waffle and repeat until all ingredients are used. Drizzle maple syrup on skewers or pour syrup into cup to dip. Enjoy!

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Caprese Meatball Kabobs

Caprese Meatball Kabob recipe. So easy and delicious it will impress your guests!

Looking for a deliciously kid-friendly spin on the classic Caprese Salad? Enjoy this Mom Made favorite. And don't forget--it's so simple the kids can help with this one too.

Prep Time: 5 Minutes      

Cook Time: 1-3 Minutes      

Construction Time: 10 Minutes       

Total Time: ~20 Minutes

Yields: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

1 (8 oz.) box Mom Made Turkey Meatballs or Beef & Cheese Meatballs
Cherry tomatoes
1 cup fresh mozzarella balls, small
12 fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup balsamic dressing

Mom Made Caprese Meatball Kabob recipe that’s so easy your kid chefs can make it themselves!

Directions:

Follow directions listed on Mom Made Meatball box to heat.

While meatballs cook, clean tomatoes and basil. Once meatballs are cool, spear a single cherry tomato, meatball, mozzarella ball, and basil leaf. Repeat until all ingredients are utilized.

Lay skewers on platter and dribble balsamic dressing atop (optional). Serve immediately. 

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"Grilled Cheese" Kabobs

Do your kids love grilled cheese? We've got a new "grilled cheese" kabob your kids will enjoy making by themselves then gobble up with a smile.

Prep Time: 10 Minutes      

Cook Time: 3 Minutes      

Total Time: ~15 Minutes

Yields: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

2 (8 oz.) boxes Mom Made Beef & Cheese Meatball Bites
12 1x1 in. squares of Italian Bread
12 cubes cheddar cheese
12 cherry tomatoes

Directions:

Cook Mom Made Beef & Cheese Italian Style Meatball Bites as directed on box.

Cut Italian bread slices into 1x1 in. squares.

Cut cheddar cheese into desirably sized cubes.

Rinse cherry tomatoes.

Spear bread square, cheese block, meatball, and cherry tomato in that order until all ingredients are used.

Serve on platter with side of ketchup. Enjoy!

Grilled Cheese Kabobs for kids
Recipe for Grilled Cheese your kids can make

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Red, White, & Blue Berry Sticks

Fruit kabobs! So easy that kids can make themselves.

These scrumptious treats will surely be a hit among kiddos and adults, alike. And, the best part is the kids can make these themselves.  

Total Time: ~15 Minutes

Yields: 20 Skewers

Delicious fruit kabob recipe. Perfect party recipe for the 4th of July!

Ingredients:

10 fresh strawberries, halved
1 Cup fresh blueberries
3 bananas, sliced

Directions:

It's simple! Just spear the strawberry halves, banana slices, and blueberries. We started with strawberry, then added a banana slice, and finished with two blueberries.

Happy Summer!

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Sunrise Sammie

Searching for a savory way to start your day? Yeah, we thought so.

Who doesn't love a protein-packed breakfast in the morning?  We've put together the perfect combination of eggs, cheese and meat and crafted a delectable dish just for you and the kiddos.

Total Time: 10-15 Minutes

Yields: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

4 English Muffins

4 Eggs or Frozen Egg Patties

1 Box Mom Made Beef & Cheddar Meatballs, cut in half

1 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded

Instructions:

Cook Mom Made meatballs as instructed on box. Scramble, or heat frozen eggs patties. Toast English muffins then top with cooked scrambled egg or egg patty. Place halved meatballs on eggs. Top with cheddar cheese. Heat in oven or toaster oven for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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easy MEATBALL PIZZA

a pizza recipe your family will love

Meatball pizza is one of our favorites.  It's simple, super tasty, and always sends 'em coming back for seconds.

Prep Time : 10 -15 minutes

Cook Time : 10-12 minutes (depending on your crust and your oven)

Ingredients:

Prepared pizza dough or pre-made crust

Olive oil

Pizza sauce

2 generous handfuls of shredded mozzarella cheese plus 1 generous handful of shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 package of Mom Made Meatball Bites, cut meatballs in half

Diced purple onion, diced green pepper and/or your favorite pizza veggies

Chopped fresh basil (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough on floured surface to desired size. Brush pan with olive oil and place dough on pan. Spoon sauce onto dough. Top with meatballs and sprinkle cheese on top. Bake in the middle of your oven for 10-12 minutes, or until dough is cooked and cheese is hot and melted. Garnish with fresh basil if you'd like. Enjoy!

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Cook with Kids: Rainbow Meatball Kabobs

Cooking with your kids is an excellent way to help them build healthy eating habits.

This recipe is a Mom Made favorite. It's easy, healthy and fun to make! Get creative with the assortment of fruits, vegetables and cheeses then stand back to let the kids add whatever they wish to their kabobs. Challenge them to make it a RAINBOW kabob by adding many colors.

Asian Meatball Appetizer

Craving something a little sophisticated? 

Five ingredients, a few toothpicks, and 1 dish later, you've served up an instant favorite.

Asian Meatball Appetizer - so easy and delicious you will impress the guests!

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Ingredients:

1 Box of your favorite Mom Made Meatballs

1 cup Teriyaki Sauce

1/2 cup Green Onions, chopped

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

Sesame Seeds

Instructions:

Chop green onions. 10 minutes before you are ready to serve, heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add meatballs to olive oil and heat for two minutes while turning meatballs until lightly brown. Add 1 C of water and continue heating over medium heat for 5 minutes or until hot. With a slotted spoon, remove meatballs from pan and place on a plate with teriyaki sauce. Roll meatballs in teriyaki sauce. Place meatballs on serving plate. Sprinkle green onion and sesame seeds atop meatballs - serve with toothpicks. Or for dinner, serve with sides of rice and salad. 

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simple SLIDERS

Tiny & Tasty- our simple sliders are easy and delicious!

Everyone loves sliders - and everyone loves Mom Made.  Now you can enjoy both with this super simple slider recipe.  Great for home, parties, meals, and snacks!  

Total Time: 20 Mins

Meatball slider recipe your whole family will love made with Mom Made antibiotic-free meatballs.

Yields: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

8 Mini Buns

1 Box Mom Made Meatballs

1-2 cups Marinara Sauce

Mozzarella Cheese, shredded or fresh

Basil (as desired)

Instructions:

Place Mom Made Turkey Meatballs on a small bun and top with marinara sauce. Sprinkle mozzarella on the meatball. Place in over or toaster oven for 5 minutes, or until cheese us melted. Dress them up by adding a sprig of fresh basil.

Enjoy!

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The Easiest Holiday Breakfast

Leave it to Mom Made so that you can put the "Merry" before "Christmas" the morning of 12/25. 

Christmas morning, the kids are engulfed in present mania but need something nutritious in their bellies to counteract the candy canes. This dish, Mom Made Chicken Apple Meatballs served with maple syrup for dipping, is the perfect protein you can prepare in a couple minutes and they can eat while unwrapping.

Prep Time – 3 min

Cook Time – 2 min…no kidding!

You will need:

  • Mom Made’s frozen, antibiotic-free Chicken & Apple Meatballs (8oz)

  • 1/4 Cup water

  • Organic maple syrup

  • Skewers or toothpicks (for serving)

Instructions:

  • Heat the meatballs on stovetop according to directions on the box.

  • Place on a plate and add some maple syrup for dipping!

Can't wait to hear what you think. Happy (peace-filled) holidays from the Mom Made family to yours!