Mom Made Turkey Meatballs

Ask the Nutritionist: Help! My Son Won't Eat Veggies!

My 7 year old son eats NO veggies, and hasn't since he threw up all his peas and his dinner in Kindergarten. I tried smoothies, raw carrots and edamame, which he refused and then puked up. It's all drama and a gag reflex, and incredibly hard not to be so mad, yell, etc. I obviously did something wrong when he was little, and now I am stuck. Any book suggestions, or advice would be much appreciated : ) Thank you!

I *totally* know what you mean! When my daughter was around 6 or 7 months old, a well-meaning babysitter gave her spoonful after spoonful of avocado (one of the few solid foods I had introduced to her at that time) until she threw them up. For a long time, she wouldn’t touch avocados. But she did eat other vegetables and fruits and generally had a balanced diet so I didn’t push it.

My best advice to you is: relax. What your son is doing is totally normal for kids his age. It doesn’t sound as though he has any swallowing problems, since you’ve introduced all kinds of tastes and textures, and it’s only vegetables he’s refusing. If you really want to be sure you can ask your MD for a referral to a therapist specializing in swallowing issues. What you have here is a classic case of a power struggle. The more you pressure, the more he will rebel, and the more he rebels the more frustrated you get…and the result is an out-of-control spiral.

Here’s how to get you and your family back on track: know your roles. According to Ellyn Satter’s Division of Responsibilities (www.ellynsatter.com), it is a parent’s job to provide what, when and where to eat. It is the child’s job to decide how much and – yes – whether to eat.  That is all. As a parent, don’t pressure, cajole, beg, barter or fight. Don’t give in to demands to fix something else just so he’ll eat something, nor give a snack later when he might be hungry after forgoing a meal. Calmly serve a plate, keep your eyes on your own plate, and when dinner is over, clear the plates.

Easier said than done, I know. But bite your tongue, stay strong, and trust that he will go back to exploring and perhaps accepting vegetables as part of his diet. According to experts, it takes anywhere from 8-20 exposures to a food before a person accepts it (notice that I didn’t say “like” it – but rather tries it and makes a firm decision about whether the food is something they will eat or something they truly do not like). Other tips that help increase acceptance of a food:

  • Serve the same food in different ways. Perhaps he hates raw baby carrots but likes cooked round carrot slices, or julienned carrots in salads.
  • Serve it with something he likes. Maybe mashed potatoes aren’t so bad when they’re on a plate next to slices of lean flank steak.
  • Be liberal with toppings, sauces and sides. Broccoli alone may be “meh” to your son, but topped with melted 2% cheddar cheese or dipped in ranch dressing – yeah!
  • Be a role model yourself. All of your efforts may be thwarted if your spouse or another person your son looks up to refuses to eat his or her vegetables – or worse – badmouths vegetables and calls them “yucky.”

I personally am opposed to “hiding” vegetables in foods, since it only reinforces the notion that vegetables need to be endured and not enjoyed. But if you’re really concerned about the quality of your child’s diet, and if he isn’t getting adequate vitamins and fiber from fruits or other healthy foods, then incorporating vegetables into cooked foods is an OK option. One of the reasons I like Mom Made Foods is that while the veggies are baked into the munchies and sides, you can also see the individual veggies (the peas in the Cheesy Mac) and taste the distinct flavors (like celery in the Turkey Meatballs).

For what it’s worth, I think you’re doing all the right things by being so concerned about your son’s health and nutrition!

If you have a question for our nutritionist, please contact us. 

Sticky BBQ Meatball Slider with Pork Barrel

Mom Made's dishing out our Top 10 Favorite recipes to put on your dinner table! We've taken our classic Sticky BBQ Meatball Slider recipe and teamed up with Pork Barrel to make it extra yummy!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

Sliders:

Side:

  • 2 boxes of Mom Made Cheesy Mac

Directions:

  • Place Mom Made Turkey Meatballs in the microwave on high for 60 seconds.
  • Place BBQ sauce in the microwave on high for 60 seconds.
  • Coat meatballs in sauce.
  • Place three meatballs on each whole wheat slider bun.
  • Puncture 3 small holes in overwrap of each box of Mom Made Cheesy.
  • Place Cheesy Mac in the microwave on high for two minutes.
  • Stir and reheat for one minute.
  • Place two turkey meatball sliders and ½ a container of Mom Made Cheesy Mac on each plate.
  • Serve hot and enjoy!

Plum Sauce Meatballs with Broccoli Slaw

Mom Made's dishing out our Top 10 Favorite recipes to put on your dinner table! We've teamed up with Organicville to bring you this different and sweet meal.

Serves: 4

Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8 oz) box Mom Made Turkey Meatball Bites
  • 1 bag of Broccoli Slaw
  • 1 cup of Organicville Plum Sauce

    Directions:

  • Place Mom Made Turkey Meatballs in the microwave on high for 60 seconds.
  • Place broccoli slaw bag in the microwave on high for 4 minutes.
  • Toss meatballs, slaw and sauce.
  • Serve warm.

Sticky BBQ Turkey Meatball Sliders with Cheesy Mac

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When you need to make dinner but don't want to be stuck in the kitchen on a hot summer day, try Mom Made Foods' Sticky BBQ Turkey Meatball recipe. This is a dinner you can make in a matter of minutes for your hungry kiddos. Add our delicious and nutritious Cheesy Mac as a side to bring the whole dish together.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

Sliders:

  • 1 box of Mom Made Turkey Meatballs
  • ¾ cup of BBQ sauce
  • ¾ cup of Organic Brown Sugar
  • ¼ cup of ketchup
  • 8 Whole Wheat Slider Buns

Side:

  • 2 boxes of Mom Made Cheesy Mac

Directions:

  • Place Mom Made Turkey Meatballs in the microwave on high for 60 seconds.
  • Mix BBQ sauce, organic brown sugar, and ketchup in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Place sauce mixture in the microwave on high for 60 seconds.
  • Coat meatballs in sauce mixture.
  • Place three meatballs on each whole wheat slider bun.
  • Puncture 3 small holes in overwrap of each box of Mom Made Cheesy.
  • Place Cheesy Mac in the microwave on high for two minutes.
  • Stir and reheat for one minute.
  • Place two turkey meatball sliders and ½ a container of Mom Made Cheesy Mac on each plate.
  • Serve hot and enjoy!

Cozy Family Winter Meal

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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Cook Some Soup for Your Group

Soup is on our minds. It's cold outside, and we've reached the time of the year when colds spread through our families like dominoes. Here are three easy soup recipes to keep your immune system on track. All three recipes include Mom Made's bite-size, antibiotic-free meatballs to keep the cooking simple and the eating fun.

Mini Meatball-Tomato Soup

TomatoSoupA bowl of tomato soup is delicious any time of year, for lunch or for dinner, for kids and adults. Chock-full of vitamin C, tomato soup is also a winter warmer-upper. This homemade tomato soup has a rich, pure tomato flavor and creamy texture.

  • ·        1 ½ quarts vegetable broth or water
  • ·        1 medium-sized onion, finely chopped
  • ·        1 large Yukon potato, sliced thin and chopped
  • ·        1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • ·        1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • ·        1 12 oz. can diced tomatoes, no salt added
  • ·        1 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • ·        1 cup plain soy yogurt
  • ·        1 box of Mom Made Beef and Cheese Meatballs

If you want to spice things up, drop a handful of spicy, mini-meatballs into the bowl, too. These delicious, full of flavor Mom Made Beef and Cheese Meatballs Bites are small enough to eat with a spoon (or by the handful). Image via Marks Daily Apple ( http://www.marksdailyapple.com/tomato-soup-with-spicy-mini-meatballs/#ixzz2nfPqpRQy)

Meatball Mini-Melts & Meatball Orzo Soup

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  • 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
  • 1/2 cup ditalini noodles or orzo
  • 2 boxes of Mom Made Turkey Meatball Bites
  • 3 cups fresh spinach, coarsely chopped

In a pot, 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 Mom Made Turkey meatballs and orzo, and stir frequently. Simmer the soup for 15 minutes, partially covered, stirring occasionally. Stir in the spinach and let it wilt for one minute. Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste, and serve it immediately. Recipe and image from our friends at Six o’clock Scramble

Easy Chicken Meatball Soup

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Chicken noodle soup has been proven to have anti-inflammatory properties as well as acting as an immune booster. If you want to give it a twist, add some Mom Made Turkey Meatballs to the soup. More fun to eat and healthy!

  • 1 Tbsp chicken soup base (low sodium)
  • 1 Tbsp parsley flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 onion, minced
  • 6 cups of water
  • Dash of pepper
  • 1 cup of your favorite noodles
  • 1 box of Mom Made Turkey Meatball Bites

Combine all ingredients and simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes or until hot.

Enjoy and stay warm!

Keep Everyone Happy for the Holidays

???????????????????It's the holidays and lets face it...Many of our kids aren't huge fans of the fancy traditional foods many of us make, such as roast turkey or standing rib roast. Give them something that they'll love and keep them at the table with Mom Made's bite-size Turkey Meatballs, Chicken & Apple Meatballs or Beef & Cheese Meatballs. They're not only low sodium and made with antibiotic free turkey, but they only take 3 minutes to prepare. Enjoy!

Our Meatball Family is Growing

Mom Made Meatball TrioYou know we love meatballs! We're so excited about our two new additions. Mom Made Meatball Bites are made with  antibiotic-free meats, reduced sodium, made in the USA and bite size...keeping the fun in the meatball!  Find a store near you, and don't forget we are in the freezer aisle. ;-)

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Mom Made Chicken & Apple Meatball Bites

Heather’s Top 10 Meal-time Essentials in 2011

This is my very first blog post. Hi, I’m Heather.  I am the mom of two awesome kiddos, the wife to Craig who's a sports journalist and the Founder and CEO for Mom Made Foods. Regardless how crazy I feel my life is, I wouldn’t change a thing.  I love nothing more than to be with my family sharing a meal together.

I thought long and hard about what it is that I want to share with our readers.  I hope you enjoy ‘Heather’s Top 10 Meal-time Essentials in 2011’ list.  May one of these ideas help make your meal-times more happy, cheerful, healthy, green or best -- easy.

  1. We pack our son’s lunch every day using Lunchskins, reusable sandwich bags. Over the course of this year they have helped us save 100’s of clear plastic baggies.
  2. Mom Made Munchies instead of the ever-boring PBJ sandwich for son’s lunchbox. His favorites are the Cheese Pizza Munchie and Turkey Sausage Munchie.
  3. I bought fun, personalized placemats for my kids, nieces and nephews for Christmas last year from OliveKids. They’ve become a staple on our dinner table.  Best of all, they’ve helped my 2 yr old daughter learn to count and learn her colors as she studies her placemat during meal-times. If your child needs help learning geography, for example, look for one with the US map.  I highly recommend them as a gift for any child.
  4. Simple flower arrangements. In my next life, I will in some way be involved with flowers. It brings me peace and happiness to have fresh flowers in our house and makes every meal feel special, whether it’s delivered pizza or a home-cooked Sunday dinner.
  5. We joined a CSA ("Community Supported Agriculture") from whom we’d pick up fruit and veggies every Wednesday from June thru October.  I love that I and my kids have learned about and tried new produce.  Ground cherries, for example, are delicious!  Even better, all of it is freshly picked and locally grown.
  6. Our napkins and placemats were getting dingy. My dear mother gave me a whole slew of new placemats and napkins from West Elm for my birthday this year. They wash well and have brightened our table setting. Best though is that she gave me 20 of one color so I can rotate clean ones in without resetting the entire table.
  7. Mom Made Meatballs which we launched to the market in July are my picky 2-yr old daughter’s favorite protein food. They also became our go-to on our busiest weeknights.  They make a super easy, healthy meal that our whole family loves on spaghetti with sauce, just plain, on a skewer or my most recent concoction was putting them on a pizza.
  8. My 6 yr old son has learned to set the table every night. It is usually the first thing he does when he comes home from school. Just this simple change this year has enabled us to get dinner on the table a few minutes earlier than we’d be able to otherwise.
  9. The Six O’Clock Scramble has helped us with our weeknight dinners, enabling us to plan ahead, take the thinking out of the grocery list and enter the week feeling organized.  The Scramble has provided us delicious range of recipes getting us off the ol’ standards recipe list.
  10. Meal-times are a shared family effort in our home.  My amazing husband is a great help with weeknight meals. We share the duty / pass the hot potato of picking kids up and cooking dinner. Many evenings he has dinner prepped by the time I come home from work!  LOVE.

Please take a second and let me know what you think or if you have one that you would add to the list.