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4 Ways to Involve Kids with Thanksgiving Preparation

Preparing for Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to get the kids involved with sharing some of the responsibilities in the kitchen. There are plenty of tasks your children can help with no matter what age.

  • Let each family member select one dish they’d like on the menu. Discuss what new foods they would be willing to try. Use this time to explain the importance of having a balanced meal that includes protein, vegetables and a variety of other dishes.

  • Let children help with table decorations. Ask them to craft some simple table decorations like placing colorful fall leaves in a bottle and create name cards for all your guests. Or they can get creative and crafty with glue making pilgrim name cards.

  • For kids who want to be more hands on with the prep work, give them a specific job in the meal preparation, i.e. mashing potatoes, chopping vegetables or stirring the gravy. (Of course, make sure they are being supervised when they are using sharp knives.)

  • On Thanksgiving, ask your kiddos to help set the dinner table. They can help fold napkins, set out the plates, put ice in the water glasses. Depending on the age, they can also help cook and serve plated dishes.

Your kids will become more invested in the celebration and come to the table with pride in their contribution. Happy Thanksgiving from the Mom Made family to yours!

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Thanksgiving placecards made by kids

Get Lucky with These 5 Recipes

It's almost time to pull out all your green clothing and celebrate St Patty's Day. Here are some fun, healthy and GREEN cooking ideas to bring some luck to your family this year. 1. Start the day with some flower power eggs.

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2. Pizza with some greens ( via #Makethebestofeverything)

Won't hurt to add some Mom Made meatballs as well to give it more flavor.

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3. Keeping it healthy, some green fruit on a skewer is a great snack and fun to eat ( via #DeltaMorgan)

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4.  Another great low calorie snack are these cute cucumber hats with cheese! ( via #CreativeFood)

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5. Family dinner can include Mom Made's antibiotic-free, low sodium Chicken & Apple Meatballs with white sauce and spinach. It's Monday after all...and who has more than 10 minutes to prepare dinner on a Monday?

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Now it's time to celebrate!

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Heather's Creamy Pasta with Mom Made Chicken and Apple Meatballs! I love dreaming up new recipes and especially love it when my whole family approves with a "Mommy, this is so good!" I hope your family enjoys this too!

Simple:  Mom Made Chicken and Apple Meatball Bites served with homemade white sauce over pasta (potatoes or rice works well too!).

Family Dinner:  In a pan, warm 3 Tbsp olive oil then saute diced garlic and shallots and sliced mushrooms over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add 2 Tbsp of flour and stir so that flour is soaked up. Add 1 1/2 cups of milk and salt and pepper to taste. Let the milk warm till it is bubbling and thickens slightly. Add a few handfuls of fresh baby spinach and a package of frozen Chicken & Apple Meatball Bites. Warm the sauce over medium heat until the meatballs are hot. Voila! Serve over your favorite pasta. You can also bring your own twist to the table by adding other veggies.

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What's in my Cheese Pizza Munchie?

Americans love their pizza and a basic cheese pizza pleases almost everybody. Our Cheese Pizza Munchie is a healthy fun twist on traditional pizza. It's perfect in a lunchbox, as an on-the-go lite dinner or as a healthy after-school lunch. Even kids can heat them up! Check out how they compare to other frozen pockets:

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Double the sodium, no veggies, not organic and full of preservatives compared to organic goodness.

Our health is about making good choices. Mom Made Cheese Pizza includes all these organic nutritious ingredients that are good for you and makes you simply happy ;-)

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Where do you find Mom Made Cheese Pizza? Click here to find a store near you.

Chicken Nuggets or Mom Made Chicken Meatballs?

Do you buy chicken nuggets for your family for those really-busy-no-time-to-cook dinners? Mom Made would like to share with you a simple swap you can make to keep things healthy at your dinner table. First, some facts that might be surprising to some of you. Did you know...

  1. These popular chicken nuggets, that you can find in almost any fast food joint, hardly contain any chicken. Their boneless chicken has been pasted and and then just held together with sodium phosphate acting as a glue. Appetizing?!
  2. Using a lot of other additives and chemicals, it is said that the majority of that paste consists of corn and not even real chicken. OK, again not appetizing.
  3. For appearance's sake, the food processors must add artificial coloring to make the gel look like chicken meat. Once the gel is artificially flavored and colored, it is squeezed into molds and breaded, then fried briefly to help it keep its shape.

Chicken Nuggets are popular because they're bite size and you can dip them in different sauces. Now, we want to share with you Mom Made Chicken & Apple Meatballs that come with the same fun factor as the chicken nuggets, but are so much healthier! 10 Mom Made Chicken & Apple Meatballs are almost less than half the calories and sodium than just 5 chicken nuggets. Here's how they stack up:

MM_Comparison_ChickenBites_shadowTo learn more about Mom Made Chicken & Apple Meatball, click here.

Mom Made Meatball Kabob Recipe

We're so excited to see our brand new product, Mom Made's Chicken & Apple Meatball Bites, featured in this month's "Every Day with Rachael Ray" magazine! There are so many fun and delicious ways to use these in making a healthy dinner. Here's one of our favorite recipes...Mom Made Meatball Kabobs, a meal on-a-stick the whole family will enjoy! Prep Time - 10 min Cook Time - 2 min...no kidding!

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of Mom Made's antibiotic-free RachaelRay - Chicken Apple MeatballsChicken & Apple Meatballs (8oz)
  • 2C low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, washed and cut into 1" squares
  • 1 green bell pepper, washed and cut into 1" squares
  • 1 box of cherry tomatoes
  • 1C cheddar cheese, cut into 1/2" cubes
  • 1C pineapple, cut into 1/2" cubes
  • Wooden skewers

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Heat the meatballs in low sodium chicken broth according to directions on the box.

Place meatballs, cheese cubes, bell peppers and pineapple on skewers. Serve with your favorite rice and dipping sauce, e.g. ranch, bbq, sweet & sour.

Family Tip: It's fun to have the kids make their own and challenge them to include as many colors on their kabob as they can.

Optional: Make the kabobs without the cheese. Grill then add the cheese cubes to each end.