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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!

Asian Turkey Meatballs

Serves: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Ingredients:

  • 1 (8 oz) box Mom Made Turkey Meatball bites
  • 2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
  • 3  Tbsp. Lower-Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Chili Paste
  • 6 Garlic Cloves (finely minced)
  • 3 Tbsp. Sesame Seeds
  • 1/3 Cup Green Onions (minced for garnish)

Instructions:

  • Combine brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, chili paste and garlic for the sauce in a medium mixing bowl. Set aside the sesame seeds and green onion.
  • Place Mom Made Turkey Meatball bites in the microwave on high for 60 seconds.
  • Coat meatballs with sauce mixture and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Garnish with green onions. Serve with toothpicks.

It's time to dig in!

To find Mom Made Meatballs in a freezer near you, click here.

Why Antibiotic-Free Meats?

Using antibiotics in livestock has been practiced by ranchers and farmers for decades. According to the Antibiotic Resistance Project, 29.9 million pounds of antibiotics were used in food animals in the United States during 2011. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 80% of all the antibiotics sold in the United States are used in farm animals—not humans. Surprisingly, these antibiotics are the same antibiotics that are used in humans to treat illnesses such as food poisoning. But these antibiotics aren’t being used to cure sick animals. Ranchers and farmers use antibiotics to accelerate the animal’s growth.

So if these are the same antibiotics that we ingest when we’re sick, what’s the big deal about consuming them in our foods? Researchers believe that, over time, bacteria living in antibiotic-fed animals will become resistant to the drugs, creating superbugs. According to the Environmental Working Group, these superbugs can trigger food borne illness and infections that are hard to treat.

Countries in the European Union and Canada have made feeding livestock antibiotics illegal. However, the United States has not banned such practices. American consumers nevertheless have been dissatisfied with these methods. A study conducted by the Natural Resources Defense Council reported that 86% of consumers polled said that meat and poultry raised without antibiotics should be available in their local supermarket. Unfortunately though, antibiotic-free meat is likely still less than 5% of the market.

Mom Made cares about feeding our families the highest quality food and we know you do too. We’re proud that all of our Mom Made Meatball Bites are made with antibiotic-free meat.

Five Fun Facts about Turkey

Like many of you I’m sure, we at Mom Made Foods were surprised to find out that November is in fact NOT the national month for turkeys. Say what? June is, in fact, National Turkey Lovers Month. In honor of such a nutritious and delicious food holiday, we’ve hunted down the some fun facts about turkeys. 

Fact 1: Not All Turkeys Gobble

Male turkeys “gobble” while females purr, yelp and make “kee-kee” noises.

Fact 2: Turkey is a Powerhouse Food

Turkey is a great source of protein, iron, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, B vitamins, and niacin. Compared to chicken breast, turkey breast is lower in calories and saturated fat. By choosing antibiotic free turkey, you and your family are less likely to become antibiotic resistant.

Fact 3: Turkeys Are Excellent Flyers

Wild turkeys can run up to speeds of 25 mph and fly as fast as 40 mph. They can even glide for roughly an hour.

Fact 4: The Turkey Was Never Going to be the National Bird

Contrary to popular belief, Benjamin Franklin did not propose that the turkey be the United States’ national bird. He did however tell his daughter in a letter that the turkey was a more “respectable bird” than the bald eagle.

Fact 5: Don’t Mess with a Red Headed Turkey

The area of bare skin on a turkey’s head and neck vary depending on the turkey’s mood at the time. A blue head means the turkey is excited, while a red head means it’s ready to fight.

Simple Thanksgiving Appetizer for Everyone

Are you hosting Thanksgiving and need a healthy and easy appetizer ? Then, it's time to serve some Mom Made Turkey Meatball Bites with homemade cranberry sauce in less than 12 minutes! Cranberry Sauce:

  • 12 ounce cranberries
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 1 cup white sugar

In a medium sized saucepan over medium heat, let the sugar dissolve  in the orange juice. Stir in the cranberries and cook until the cranberries start to pop (about 10 min). Remove from heat and place sauce in a bowl. Cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.

Mom Made antibiotic-free Turkey Meatball Bites:

Arrange as many meatballs as needed  in a microwave safe dish with a splash of water, broth or sauce.  Cover and heat on high for 60 sec or until hot. Let stand 1 min before serving.

Now, just stick in the toothpicks and serve on a platter with dipping sauce.

Time to dig in with your family and friends!

PS. Where to find these Turkey Meatball Bites? No problem, just find a store near you and hit the freezer aisle.

TurkeyMeatballs with cranberry dipping sauce

TurkeyMeatballs with cranberry dipping sauce

Nine tips for an easier back-to-school

After long hours playing in the summer sun, the transition back to regimented school schedules and studying can be stressful on kids. Here are a few tips (and some fun ideas, too) to ease everyone back into the academic year from Mom Made Foods:

  1. It’s back-to-school time! To motivate your children, we’re fans of rewarding kids when they meet their goals. Have your kids set their own goals with your guidance and base them on what’s realistic for each child. Some ideas: eat healthy snacks, save part of their allowance, read a book a week/month or learn to play an instrument. Back to school tips with Mom Made
  2. Ever thought about getting your kids writing in a daily journal? We love this idea because it cultivates the writing and language skills vital to success in school and in life. Favorite topics to start young writers off: favorite school lunch, happiest summer moment, what I learned today.back-to-school -FB-YellowFrame3
  3. Create a month-long lunch plan for your family. Bring your kids in on the planning! It’s a great way to make sure they finish their lunch and get the nutrition they need to be successful in the classroom.back-to-school -FB-YellowFrame4
  4. Many kids are always on the hunt for a snack, especially right after school. Hide the cookie jar and counter unhealthy choices with easy-to-grab pre-cut veggies and fruit in the fridge.

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  1. Spend quality time eating together as a family! This “together” time is so essential to maintaining a bond for the whole clan. Another great way to squeeze in some QT: Sit down together on the weekend and plan ahead for dinners.

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6. Kids love notes—especially surprise notes from you stowed away in their lunchbox. Simply jot down an inspirational quote or a quick message on a napkin and slip it under their sandwich. THEY WILL LOVE IT.

back-to-school -FB-YellowFrame77. How many plastic sandwich bags do you toss every week? We’re betting a lot. Switch to the reusable variety for packed lunches—you’ll reduce waste and save money. Our favorites are from our friends at LunchSkins and…Mom Made Munchies fit perfectly in them!

back-to-school -FB-YellowFrame88. It can be next to impossible to find convenient foods that are actually healthy within the packed shelves at grocery stores. You have to commit to reading food labels to differentiate the “real food” from the rest. Simplicity is your best friend here. Focus on products with short, pronounceable ingredients and look for these labels: organic, antibiotic-free, non-GMO! Need more simple guidelines, then peak into our 2 min video "5 Tips for reading food labels."

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9. You don’t have to break into a sweat for exercise to “count.” But you do                   want to be regularly active with your kids—even walking or biking with them to school can make a huge difference. Combining this with balanced nutrition will keep your family on a healthy track and you’ll feel better!

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Fore more healthy insights and advice from our own Heather herself, please watch this 2 min video "5 Steps to hop on a healthy track."

It's never too late to start healthy!