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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!

RECIPE: Sautéed Green Beans and Yellow Squash

Need a colorful, healthy side recipe made with fresh produce from the farmer's market? It goes REALLY well with Hot Meatball Subs for a simple dinner. 

Sautéed Green Beans and Yellow Squash

Ingredients:

  • Fresh yellow squash, 2-3, large

  • Fresh string beans, 2 handfuls

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

  • Dash of sea salt

  • Garlic clove, pressed or diced

Directions:

  • Wash and chop the squash and green beans.

  • Add olive oil to sauce pan over medium heat. Add fresh garlic and cook for 1 minute.

  • Add squash and green beans and cook for 5-8 minutes until beans are bright green and squash is tender.

  • Add salt and pepper to taste.

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A Mom Made favorite!

A Mom Made favorite!

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Meatball Enchiladas

Mom Made's dishing out our Top 10 Favorite recipes to put on your dinner table. We've teamed up with Sky Valley to bring you this delicious Mexican classic. Serves: 4

Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 oz) box Mom Made Beef & Cheese Meatball Bites
  • 12 6 inch Corn Tortillas
  • Olive Oil non-stick cooking spray
  • 2-3 cups Shredded Cheddar/Jack Cheese Blend
  • 1 bottle Sky Valley Enchilada Sauce

Directions

  • Combine meatballs with 1 cup of the shredded cheese.
  • Spread ½ cup of the enchilada sauce over bottom of baking dish.
  • Spray each tortilla with olive oil non-stick spray
  • Fill each with about 1/3 cup of the meatball/cheese mixture.
  • Roll each tortilla up tightly with mixture in the middle and place in baking dish, seamed side down.
  • Squeeze remaining enchilada sauce out of bottle onto rolled enchiladas.
  • Sprinkle dish with remaining cheese.
  • In 375 degree oven, bake casserole for 15 to 20 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and melted on top.

Mom Made Rainbow Salad

Picture via Trainer Momma
Picture via Trainer Momma

Mom Made's dishing out our top 10 Favorite recipes to put on your dinner table! We've teamed up with Justin's to bring you this delicious and quick Rainbow Salad recipe.

Serves: 4

Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

Salad:

  • 1 (8 oz) box Mom Made Italian Style Beef Meatball Bites
  • 1 bag your Choice of Salad Mix
  • 1 cup of Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 cup of Carrots (chopped)
  • 1 cup of Red Peppers (sliced)
  • 1 cup of Cucumbers (sliced)

Almond Butter Salad Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup Justin's Classic Almond Butter
  • 1/8 cup Tamari (or Soy Sauce)
  • 1 tsp. Fresh Grated Ginger
  • 1 clove Minced Garlic
  • 2/3 cup Lemon Juice
  • 2 tsp. Canola Oil
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Black Pepper

Directions:

  • Place Mom Made Italian Style Beef Meatballs in the microwave on high for 60 seconds.
  • Cut up carrots, peppers and cucumbers.
  • Whisk all salad dressing ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Toss all ingredients in a bowl and serve.

Hummus and Meatball Wrap

Mom Made's dishing out one of our favorite recipes to put on your dinner table. We've teamed up with Justin's to bring you this appetizing Mediterranean dish. Serves: 4

Time 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8 oz) box of Mom Made Turkey Meatball Bites
  • 3 tbsp of Justin’s Classic Almond Butter
  • 1 can of Garbanzo beans
  • 1 tsp of Cumin
  • 2 tsp of Oil
  • 1 cup of Water
  • 1 tsp of Lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp of Salt
  • 4 Whole Wheat Tortilla Wraps
  • Lettuce
  • 1 Cucumber (thinly sliced)
  • 1/4 cup of Feta Cheese

Directions:

  • Place Mom Made Turkey Meatballs in the microwave on high for 60 seconds.
  • Rinse and drain can of garbanzo beans.
  • Place garbanzo beans, almond butter, cumin, lemon juice, oil , water and salt in blender until mixed.
  • Spread hummus on tortillas.
  • Layer lettuce, feta, cucumbers and meatballs.
  • Wrap tortilla tightly.
Picture via taste.com
Picture via taste.com

Dinner Table Entertainment

We’re a big believer in the power of family mealtimes. These games are sure to get the conversation going and your creative juices flowing to make dinner-time fun! 1. Categories

Have one of the categories be “fruits” or “vegetables.” Go around the table naming all the fruits or vegetables you can think of.

Another category you can use is “sports.” Go around the table naming all the sports you can think of.

Have the youngest person at the table pick a color. Go around the table naming all the foods you can think of that are that color.

2. Finish the Story

This game is loosely based off the classic “telephone” game. One person will begin a story by saying the first sentence (i.e. Once upon a time there was a family of monkeys.) The next person will say one more sentence. Continue this around the table until your family runs out of ideas and you start the game over. We’re sure your family will come up with some truly bizarre and funny stories.

3. ABC’s of Gratitude

There are some days where nothing seems to go our way. This time at the dinner table, take turns expressing one thing you’re grateful for in alphabetical order. For example, maybe you’re thankful for your Adidas so you can go running, and then your son is thankful for his basketball. Continue around the table until you complete the alphabet.

4. What I Like About You…

Take turns going around the dinner table saying one thing you like about the person to your left. After a couple of reasons, switch directions and say something that person likes about the person to their right. This game is sure to put you in a good mood after a long day.

5. Guess Who

Create a stack of index cards with a list of some of your family’s favorite famous people or characters (i.e. Superman, Big Bird, Harry Potter) on them. Each person will pick a random index card (without looking at the name) and will tape it to their forehead. That person must try to figure out what character or person they have by asking questions to the other people at the table.

From moms for moms; Heather Stouffer from Mom Made Foods shares her story

Tell us about your family:

I married Craig in 1999 – we’re coming up on our 15th anniversary this month! He’s a fabulous friend, father and life partner. Everyone always asks me if Craig works for Mom Made. He doesn’t – he’s in the sports industry, but, I like to say he’s Mom Made's Chief of Moral Support, an extremely important role.

Audrey and EmoryWe have two amazing kids, Emory and Audrey. Audrey is in preschool. She loves playing with dolls, helping in the kitchen, playing with friends, dancing and keeping the whole family entertained. Emory is your typical third grade boy except when it comes to food. He loves sports, Legos, reading, and playing with his friends. When he requested Pakistani food for his 7th birthday dinner, we thought, our work is done here!

Tell us about your company: 

mom_made_logoThe company was launched in 2006, when as a new mother, I saw a huge need for healthy, convenient, organic and all natural options for kids. There were no existing options in the grocery for feeding kids in a pinch that were healthy. Mom Made Foods was created from my belief that convenient meals do not need to sacrifice quality or nutrition, and that kids should be able to eat delicious foods without added junk.

What advice would you give moms about raising healthy eaters?

Here are few tricks that I have found to work well...Focus on colors and flavors. Rather than saying, “Do you like your broccoli?” ask if it was crunchy, sweet, bitter or sour. Ask what other foods are the same color. This often helps children focus beyond yummy or yucky. Also, bring the your "helpers" to the grocery store and let them pick the ingredients for the meals to be made that week. Parents can also introduce veggies in a new way. For example, many children like veggies better as part of a soup. Sprout a seed or even grow a tomato plant to help your child get interested in fruits and vegetables.

Bottom line is for us parents to offer a variety of healthy foods, then take a chill pill. Ellyn Satter, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Family Therapist and internationally recognized authority on eating and feeding, is one of my heroes. I've learned so much from her philosophy about the division of responsibility when it comes to feeding kids. If feeding your kids is stressful for you or your children, I highly recommend her books.

How do you unwind after a busy day at the office?

I have only about a 10-15 minute commute home. Usually my husband picks up the kids from their schools so they're already home by the time I arrive. I walk through our door, drop my bags and the kids come running up with arms wide open ready for a big hug. I instantaneously unwind. Cooking, sitting down together for dinner and talking about our days are all therapeutic for me. After dinner, we will go for a family walk, turn on some music and dance or just play together. Our couple hours together before the kids go to bed are my favorite part of the day (before I typically plug in and do a few more hours of work...).

What’s the best advice your mom ever gave you?

I can hear it as though she's standing right next to me, "Heather, dear, you have to remember to take care of yourself."

What’s the funniest thing your child said to you recently?

The other day my son who's 8 was playing on the iPad, sitting on the couch right next to me as I was reading a book. I asked him for the iPad for a minute so I could look something up quickly. I opened google and saw that he had just looked up "prettiest lady alive" in google and he'd clicked on images. Yes, just google that quickly, folks. It was one of those moments when I not only found myself laughing but also taking a big gulp because it was time for us to realize he's growing up much too fast and we need to get a handle on internet security, among other things. Oh the joys of parenting...just when you think you've got it figured out.

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5 Spooky Meatball Ideas for Halloween

How about some spooky meals for your family to make Halloween extra festive this year? We've got you covered with these 5 easy recipes using Mom Made Meatballs.

MeatballAppetizer1) Serve our Mom Made Beef & Cheese, Chicken & Apple and Turkey Meatballs with a Halloween decorated toothpick on a tray. Offering 3 very different flavors can please any taste buds. Prep time? Max 5 minutes.

spiderwebeyeballpizza2) You can never go wrong with a Spiderweb Eyeball Pizza.You need a prepared pizza dough, olive oil, pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, black olives and Mom Made Turkey Meatballs. Depending on your crust, spiderweb eyeball pizza will be ready in 10-12 min, enjoy

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3) Decorate a plate with Mom Made Beef & Cheese Meatballs and use ketchup or vodka sauce to create spider legs. Yup...very spooky!

Meatball Taco

4) Meatball taco on the go! Heat up Mom Made Beef & Cheese Meatballs and insert them with lettuce in a hard shell taco. Use black olives for the eyes.

 Meatball and Pasta Mummy Skewers

5) Cook Mom Made Meatballs (take your choice!) then carefully skew them on a stick. Wrap cooked fettuccine noodles around to make your mummy and use a red pepper or black olive slice for eyes. Serve with your favorite marinara as a dipping sauce. 

These and many more healthy Halloween ideas on our Pinterest page. Wishing you and your kiddos a happy and HEALTHY Halloween!

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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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