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!

Click here to find a store carrying Mom Made Meatball Bites near you.

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. 

Find Mom Made in a freezer aisle near you!

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!

Looking for Mom Made in a freezer aisle near you?  We've got you covered.

Happy New Year! Would you like a tomato?

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Photo on Foter.com

When I was five, my dad tried to get me to eat a tomato by forcing it into my mouth.  What I now refer to as “the incident” has made me refuse to eat tomatoes ever since.  This year I’m trying to get over my fear/aversion/disgust of tomatoes by incorporating them (very slowly) into my diet.  Looking back, I was probably being a bratty and uncooperative kid, but “the incident” still had a profound effect on the way I looked—and continue to look—at food (or at least tomatoes). 

Do you have any horror stories about eating as a kid?  Think about the environment around your dinner table and what can improve or be changed to drive positive changes in your family.  Consider whether new rules or boundaries need to be reset. Consider new healthy recipes or food goals. Are your kids excited to adventure with new foods? If not, why not? Little changes in the way your family interacts around food can make BIG differences—such as your child not being afraid of tomatoes.

New Years is such an exciting time for us here at Mom Made because it gives us the extra motivation to make small changes that have huge positive impacts on our lives with our families.  Now is the perfect time to consider what parts of your family mealtimes can be improved upon and get your crew on board. With that being said, throughout the month we’ll be posting healthy tips, recipes, and articles to give you inspiration.

What New Year’s resolutions have you made?  This year, instead of resolving to lose 50 pounds in a week, give yourself a break and be realistic and inspired.  If you haven’t made any New Year’s resolutions, start small—but start now!  What better time is there?  Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to tell us what your New Years resolutions are!

Happy New Years!

Your friends at Mom Made

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!

easy MEATBALL LASAGNA

Try a "bumpy" Mom Made spin on homemade lasagna! 

This delicious, saucy lasagna is packed with tasty Mom Made Meatball Bites and can be made ahead of time! 

Prep Time: 20 minutes   

Cook Time: 1 hour  

Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes 

Yields: 8 servings

Ingredients:

1 (8 oz.) box Mom Made Beef & Cheese Meatball Bites, frozen, cut in half

1 jar (26 oz.) Tomato pasta sauce (any variety)

1 container (15 oz.) Ricotta cheese

1 Egg, beaten

2 Tbsp Fresh basil leaves, chopped (may use dried basil as well)

8 Uncooked lasagna noodles 

3 C Mozzarella cheese (12 oz.), shredded

¼ C Parmesan cheese (1 oz.), shredded

Instructions:

Spray 13x9” (3-quart) baking dish with cooking spray or olive oil. 

In medium bowl, mix ricotta cheese, egg & basil. 

Spoon ½ cup tomato sauce over bottom of baking dish and top with 4 noodles. Top with about half of the ricotta mixture, half of the meatballs, 1 C of tomato sauce and 1 C of the mozzarella cheese. Layer with remaining 4 noodles, remaining ricotta mixture, 1 C of tomato sauce, 1 C mozzarella cheese & remaining meatballs. Sprinkle with remaining 1 C mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese.

Spray sheet of foil with cooking spray; cover baking dish with foil.

Heat oven to 350°F and bake covered lasagna 45 minutes. Uncover; bake 10 to 20 minutes longer until bubbly, edges are golden brown and cheese is melted. 

Garnish with fresh chopped basil. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting. Freezes well. 

Do Ahead or Delegate:  Cut the meatballs in half. Make ricotta mixture.
Flavor Booster: Add chopped garlic and/or chopped onion to the tomato mix.

Side Dish Suggestion: Serve with a green salad.

Sous Chef Junior

Do your kids love watching “Top Chef Junior”? Put them to work in the kitchen. Here’s Mom Made’s list of recommended kitchen tasks by age.

If you love quality food as much as we do here at Mom Made, it only makes sense to get the kiddos involved in the kitchen! We believe in starting kids while they're young. It's genuine quality time while being productive in the kitchen. 

We encourage you to challenge your children to help with more than dessert. The more involved they are from a young age, the more they will learn to appreciate the joy of cooking and the link to healthy eating. 

Keep in mind - you know your kids way better than we do! Feel free to follow these age guidelines as you feel necessary. 

3-4 Years Old

  • Use cookie cutters

  • Rinse produce

  • Juice citrus fruit

  • Tear lettuce

  • Chop herbs (with much supervision if ready)

  • Cup soft fruits and vegetables (with much supervision if ready)

5-7 Years Old

  • Crack eggs

  • Form patties and meatballs

  • De-seed peppers (be sure to use gloves for hot peppers!)

  • Chop vegetables

  • Grease pans

  • Garnish dishes

  • Pour sauce

  • Use measuring spoons and cups

  • Shuck corn

  • Use microwave

  • Peel vegetables

8-10 Years Old

  • Use stove (to prepare eggs and other simple meals)

  • Use pizza cutter

  • Open can with can opener

  • Beat eggs

  • Pound chicken

  • Skewer food

  • Slice bread

10-12 Years Old

  • Boil pasta

  • Search for and follow simple recipes

  • Use oven

  • Use chef's knife

  • Simmer ingredients on stove-top

  • Make dressings

  • Cook a full meal!

If you're super confident in your new sous chef, give them the responsibility to plan and cook a full meal! You can relax in the living room, and enjoy having dinner made for you for a change. Regardless how involved your child was in their cooking responsibilities, they will come to the table proud of their participation and ready to try their creation.

Bon appetit!

 

Throw a Howlin’ Ghoulish Halloween Party

Hosting a Halloween party doesn’t have to stress out the head Mummy. 

Ask friends to bring their favorite dishes, whip up some spooky Witches Brew, throw together some meatball mummies, wrangled up your ghosts and goblins and you’ve got yourself a scary fun party. You can even help your fellow mom-sters by suggesting some creepy dishes to bring – such as severed fingers, spooky snakes, stuffed jack’o lanterns and even some brains! Your mini-brides, knights, Elvis’ and ponies won’t be able to stop talking about all the “gross” stuff they got to eat! Disclaimer: we take no responsibility for Junior telling strangers you made him eat “brains” for dinner.

Party Prep

No one wants to clean up after a party (major buzzkill), so order some scary easy paper plates and silverware that you can just bag up and recycle when the ghosts float home. Amazon has some great patterned party kits that can add a little spark to a super spooky night. We also found these awesome invitations on Paperless Post that will be easier to send out to potential partygoers than gathering howling wolves during a full moon.

 

Decorations!

Tick tock, tick tock – throw on either Hocus Pocus, or Casper to get the family in the Halloween mood. Then….put the kids to work…err….let them help….decorate the house by creating some handmade ghosts with tissues, black markers and string. Make spiders with construction paper, tape and red markers. String black and orange streamers from wall to ceiling to create a festive Halloween hall. Place “spider webs” around the house and complete the look with spider rings and fake flies. Et voila! You’re very own haunted house and party central!

 

The Witching Hour!

Mix up a cauldron of Witches Brew a few hours before your goblins arrive, dress in your favorite costume (we are in love with this one, and this one, and this one!) and fire up @pandora or @iheartradio’s Halloween stations to get some spooky good tunes pumping out of the house as your partygoers and trick or treaters start ringing the doorbell. Bonus points for pulling out your old Rocky Horror Picture Show album and spinning those retro vibes. 

Healthy Twist on Frozen Kid Favorite Meals

New Product Launch!

Mom Made is proud to introduce two new Mom Made Meals - Buttered Noodles with Chicken Meatballs and Cheesy Noodles with Beef Meatballs - that are now available in freezers at select Walmart and Safeway stores.

“We’re excited about these two new kid-favorite meals launching into stores nationally. These are the familiar, tasty meals that kids are clamoring for and that parents will turn to, knowing they'll result in big smiles and happy tummies,” said company founder and CEO Heather Stouffer. “With Mom Made’s Buttered Noodles with Chicken Meatballs and Cheesy Noodles with Beef Meatballs, we continue to broaden access, expand our product line and create a destination for health-conscious parents in the freezer aisle. These antibiotic-free, low sodium, protein rich and nutritious meals were tested extensively with kids and received excellent feedback.”

Seventeen kids came to celebrate the launch of the meals. Watch their reactions in this recorded live tasting. 

Festive Stars on Your Lawn

Easy and fun way to make your house festive for the 4th of July and a fun project for the kids!

What you will need:

  • A large piece of cardboard -The top of a pizza box works well!
  • Scissors
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Flour
  • Sifter

Step 1: Find a piece of cardboard and cut a big star to make your stencil.

Step 2: Fill your spray bottle with water. Then squirt the grass star with water thru your stencil.

Step 3: Once the grass is wet (with some extra help from the older kids :)), use a flour sifter and sift flour thru the stencil onto the grass. And carefully lift the stencil from the grass once you have covered it in flour.

And, there you go! Your lawn covered with festive stars will stop traffic. Don't forget to fly your flag too.

Happy 4th of July from our family to yours!

When to buy organic

The Environmental Working Group 2017 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ is very handy guide as a reference when buying produce. We use it as a guide to prioritize which fruits and veggies to buy organic -- at least until the day when we can buy 100% organic, 100% of the time!

The Dirty 12

  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Nectarines
  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Potatoes

The Clean 15

  • Sweet Corn
  • Avocados
  • Pineapples
  • Cabbage
  • Onions
  • Sweet Peas
  • Papayas
  • Asparagus
  • Mangoes
  • Eggplant
  • Honeydew
  • Kiwi
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cauliflower
  • Grapefruit

Visit EWG's site for more info on the Dirty 12 and Clean 15, and to download the 2017 guide.

Mom Made on Cooking Channel's "Unwrapped 2.0"

Unwrapped 2.0

Unwrapped 2.0

Watch Mom Made production on the big screen! If you love everything cheesy, you'll love Cooking Channel's Unwrapped 2.0. Watch how we make the pasta fresh and the the secrets behind our 100% organic Mom Made Cheesy Mac that make it nutritious and delicious!

If your mouth is watering after watching and you're wondering where you can find this product, then it's time to head to the freezer aisle! Find a store near you.  You can also order Mom Made's Cheesy Mac online with free shipping on healthygoodness.com

Yummy!

Does your child move like a slug in the morning?

If your house is at all like ours, you have some kids who have no problem getting out of bed in the morning and getting themselves ready. They pop out of bed then get that morning routine done - no questions asked. While there are other kids who make this slug meme a reality and they make all of us parents miserable in the morning.

I have one of each and recently I'd reached the end of my patience with my "slug child." We've tried everything from earlier bedtimes to nagging, to offering to help, to offering rewards. Nothing worked. I researched on the internet and came across an app called The Happy Kids Timer for Morning Routines. Done. Anything was worth a try to improve our mornings.

The first morning we tried it, immediate success! Not only did it add time to my morning routine that I used to be spending checking in on my "slug" but it add happiness and smiles to all of our faces. This app has literally worked a miracle! My "slug" child went from taking over 40 minutes to get ready in the morning with constant reminders to now she's ready in 17 minutes and has time to play before school. There's no yelling, no reminders, no whining. Instead, there's pride, happiness, confidence and PEACE.

Best $0.99 ever spent! I've since referred this app to several friends who have slugs in their house. They too found that it works! 

What's your trick to peaceful, happy mornings?

Happy Kids Tmer

Pop'em Meatball Party Appetizer

A bite-size, super easy appetizer that all ages are sure to love!  Everyone will think they're homemade...shhhhhh!

Prep Time : No more than 10 minutes

Yield : Approx 12 (2 Meatballs per person)

Ingredients:

1 (8oz) box of Mom Made Beef & Cheddar Meatball Bites

Low sodium chicken broth or water

2 Tbsp olive oil

Your favorite sauce(s) for dipping (bbq, tomato sauce, teriyaki, mustard, ketchup, etc)

Toothpicks

Instructions:

Prep dipping sauces and serving platter. 10 minutes before you are ready to serve, heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil in sauce pan over medium heat. Add meatballs to olive oil and heat for two minutes while turning meatballs until lightly brown. Add 1 C of water or chicken broth to pan 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 dipping sauce. Place a toothpick in each.

Enjoy!

(To find a store near you that carries Mom Made's Meatballs, click here.)

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Top Ten “Rules” for Successful and Positive Mealtimes with Your Kids

Mealtime can be hard. From getting the meal on the table to getting your kids to eating it, it's definitely stressful. Here are some tips on how to have successful and positive mealtimes with your kids.

  • Keep meals and snack times consistent and regular.
  • Eat as a family. Model good food habits and table manners. The kids will follow.
  • Sit down to eat and drink – don’t take meals on the run!
  • Keep a distraction-free eating area - no T.V., toys, or other distractions such as cell phones, laptops, or newspapers. That includes adults not jumping when they get a text during mealtime.
  • Provide a balance and variety of foods to keep kids interested satisfied.
  • Empower your child to make healthy choices about what to eat and how much. They will feel empowered, for example, if you offer them the option of healthy choice #1 or healthy choice #2, such as peas or carrots.
  • Don’t pressure your child to eat – this will backfire!
  • Respect your child’s choices and trust their natural ability to self regulate their food intake.
  • Set limits on age appropriate behavior at the table and stick to your boundaries.
  • Have fun! The less you stress at mealtimes, the more fun all of you will have!

Do you have other tips that work for you and your family?  Share them with us on Facebook and Twitter!

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Small Resolutions Can Change Lives

Motivation for your New Years Resolutions

Here it is January 6 and I am already questioning myself on where I am with my resolutions for this year. I am reminded of a true story and how one resolution can change lives forever…

Eighteen years ago, there was a great-looking, smart, single 20-something young man who made a New Years resolution that he needed to be more outgoing. On January 4, four days after he made the resolution, it was Saturday night and he went out with his buddies. He challenged himself to go introduce himself to some cute gals at the bar where they were. So he approached a group of three gorgeous women who were chatting away in the middle of a packed dance floor. His initial words to them were, “You gals need to stop talking and start dancing. What are you doing out here if you’re not going to dance?” The end. Well, not really…

That group of women was me and two of my best friends from college and that young man turned out to be the man I married. What’s so ironic in all of this is that I was always one who never liked meeting anyone in bars and that he is not the type for “hitting on girls” in bars.  But, bottom line, we’ve been happily married for 17+ years (and hopefully a lifetime to come!) and we have two beautiful children, all thanks to the New Years resolution he made in 1998.

My resolutions for 2017, and ways I hope make them happen, include:

1. Spending more time playing with my kids during the week and make sure to have one-on-one time. This means I need to somehow make more out of my already limited home time. When I cook, it eats into my playtime with the kids. So I aim to make larger portions and freeze meals, which will take me out of the kitchen and enable me to make more forts and build more towers. 

2. Trimming those few final pounds. For me, this means cutting back in a few areas, such as less lunches out during the work week, higher portion of veggies in every meal, less carbs, having healthy snacks always on hand at the office, etc. I have some exercise goals to go along with this - spin classes 1-2x/week and yoga 1-2x/week.

3. Having a night out with my girlfriends at least once a month. No more excuses. 

4. Planning ahead for date nights this year whether at home or going out with that handsome husband of mine.

What are your 2017 resolutions, and how do you plan to make them stick?  All of us need the support, regardless of where we are on the ‘healthy scale.’  Small choices and slight changes can have huge impacts! One day at a time. 

10 years, 10 things we’re thankful for at Mom Made Foods

Ten years of gratitude

We’ve been reflecting a lot this year over how far we’ve come the last decade and the special something about this journey…

1.     Active and adventurous kids

It all started with the kiddos and our desire to bring them up eating the freshest and healthiest meals possible. They bring vibrancy into our lives every day, and every meal is a chance for them to grow and be nourished and strengthened for the big world in front of them.

2.     Motivated and inspired parents

Getting those smiling and happy kids on the right path doesn’t happen by itself.  We’re grateful for the moms and dads out there that share in our vision for helping kids of all sizes to eat better and healthier.

3.     Freezing

The good ol’ freezing process has been Mom Made Foods’ close ally since the beginning. Freezing is the preservative that makes it possible to deliver healthy snacks and meals to kids without sacrificing time or quality ingredients.

4.     The Healthy Eating Movement

The desire to have our kids eat better is shared by far more than just Mom Made Foods. We’re grateful for the community of businesses and enterprises who share in the belief that healthy eating and healthy kids is a cause that we all should support.

5.     Healthy ingredients

From the early morning aromas that encircle you during a stroll through a weekend farmer’s market to the smells that emanate from the stovetop and oven on a cool fall evening, we’re grateful for fresh fruits, vegetables and meats and the suppliers who bring them our way.

6.     Recipes that inspire

We’re inspired by the recipes we grew up loving, and we hope to impart similar lasting memories with our kiddos.

7.     The Mom Made team

Just like healthy eating is a movement on a grand scale, Mom Made Foods is the product of endless effort by amazing individuals with a spectrum of talents that have helped propel us forward.

8.     Our retail partners

We’re proud of the grocery chains and stores that are committed to providing healthy and convenient options for kids in the frozen aisle. Albertsons, Central Market, Fry’s, HEB, Hy-Vee, King Soopers, Kroger, Safeway, Smith’s, Wegmans, Whole Foods Market and more are helping change the way our children eat for the better. 

9.     Dedicated partners

We are indebted to more than just those who wear the Mom Made emblem on their shirts for getting our products on the shelves. We are thankful for the expertise our sales brokers, suppliers and other partners who are helping spread the word and making it possible to reach a wider audience every day.

10.  Growth

From a cooler at a farmer’s market to thousands of stores across the country, we are grateful for how Mom Made Foods has grown. The more kids eat healthy and the more parents that have nutritious and convenient options at their fingertips, the better. Let’s keep it going!

Bumpy Bread

Make cheese toast more fun ... make Bumpy Bread!

Kids love tasty and simple.  That's just what we've got for you today with our Bumpy Bread recipe.  This dish was inspired by the 6-year old daughter of our very own head honcho. Enjoy!

Time: less than 10 Minutes

Yields: 2 Servings

Ingredients:

2 Slices Whole Wheat Bread

6 Mom Made Turkey or Beef & Cheese Meatballs, cut in half

2 Slices Cheddar or American Cheese

Instructions:

Heat Mom Made Meatballs as instructed on box. Cut meatballs in half and lay on two slices of bread. Lay one slice of cheese on top of meatballs on each piece of bread. Melt cheese in oven or toaster over until melted as desired. Serve with your favorite fruit or veggie garnish.

Find Mom Made Meatballs in a freezer near you.