Meatball Orzo Soup

Meatball Orzo Soup made with Mom Made antibioitic-free meatballs. Your whole family will love this simple recipe. Perfect for a chilly evening!

From The Six O'Clock Scramble: "Meatball Orzo Soup is a really fun recipe from subscriber (and my college friend) Jill Rabach. It’s also great for a busy night because it’s a one-pot meal to cook and a one-bowl meal to eat, so clean up is a breeze. Serve it with whole wheat or white dinner rolls."

Prep Time : Prep + Cook = 30 minutes
Yield : 6 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each

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
2 boxes of Mom Made Turkey Meatball Bites
1/2 cup orzo
3 cups fresh spinach, coarsely chopped (or one box of frozen spinach)

In a large stockpot, 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 meatballs and orzo, and stir frequently for a minute or two so the noodles don’t stick to the bottom of the pot. Simmer the soup for 15 minutes, partially covered, stirring occasionally. (Meanwhile, warm the dinner rolls, if you are serving them.) Stir in the spinach and let it wilt for one minute. Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste, and serve it immediately.

Do Ahead or Delegate: Dice the onion and the carrots, peel the garlic, chop the spinach.

Scramble Flavor Booster: Use fire-roasted diced tomatoes rather than plain, and/or add a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes to the soup along with the orzo.

Tip: Keeping all cooked foods and liquids covered while in your refrigerator not only prevents spills and odors, but also helps to prevent the build-up of humidity.

Side Dish suggestion: Serve it with whole wheat or white dinner rolls, warmed in a 300 degree oven for 5 - 10 minutes.

Easy and Special Christmas Breakfast

Keep 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.

Serve with fresh, warm Bake‘mm Bagels, cream cheese and juice. All Mom Made and Bake’mm Bagels are on sale for 40% off! At checkout use promo code HOLIDAY40 thru 12/31/18.

Recipe:

Prep Time – 3 min

Cook Time – 2 min…no kidding!

You will need:

  • Mom Made’s frozen, antibiotic-free Chicken & Apple Meatballs (8oz)

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil

  • 1/4 Cup water

  • 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!

Happy (peace-filled) holidays from the Mom Made family to yours!

How to Make Marshmallows

A Homemade Holiday Treat

We eat nearly all organic foods in our house but somehow marshmallows find their way into our house regularly. My kids LOVE marshmallows. LOVE.

This year I decided to try something different for our holiday cooking fest.  Thanks to an idea that inspired me on Pinterest from Martha Stewart, we made vanilla and candycane marshmallows in the shapes of snowflakes.

Thanks to our awesome neighbors, we borrowed a candy thermometer and snowflake cookie cutters. It's not often (if at all!) that you find me cooking with corn syrup, but we went for it, heating it and sugar (yes, so healthy!) to 238 degrees then adding it slowly to gelatin and whipping it for 12 minutes. It was pretty simple but the key was to put vegetable oil on the spatula before pressing it into the greased pan.

This was a first for us in making marshmallows and we all agreed, they taste so much better than the store bought marshmallows.

Such a treat!

How to make homemade marshmallows? So much fun to make homemade marshmallows with the kids then enjoy them together in a cup of hot chocolate.

Do you have a recipe that you made with your kids for the holidays?  Please share!  Happy holidays from our family to yours!

dipping meatball APPETIZER

Meatballs, dipping sauces & some toothpicks ... what could be simpler?

Whether you're fixing a feast for youngsters or grandparents, this delicious dish is sure to delight!

Total Time: 5-8 Minutes

This one's super simple!  Just cook your favorite Mom Made Meatballs as directed on the box, pour some sauces in dipping bowls, set out some toothpicks, and you're good to go! This also works well for the kids who don't care for the Thanksgiving turkey as a no fuss protein. What sauce, you ask? We recommend cranberry, barbecue, and/or apple sauce to dip.

Enjoy!

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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

Packing Mom Made in Your Child's School Lunch

Are you tired of packing the same thing Monday thru Friday in your child’s lunchbox? We hear from many customers that their kids love to have Mom Made meatballs in their lunchbox. They make a perfect lunchbox main as they’re easy to prepare, high protein and clean to eat.

Easy as 1-2-3!

  1. As you are preparing the lunch in the early morning, heat a thermos. Add hot water to the thermos and let it set for 5 minutes.

  2. In the meantime, heat the Mom Made meatballs according to directions.

  3. Pour out the hot water used to heat the thermos. Add the meatballs to the thermos along with some of the liquid you used to heat them. Add a fork to their lunchbox, a love note and some healthy sides your child likes. Voila!

If you don’t already have a thermos for your child’s lunch, click here to see some thermoses we like.

To find Mom Made meatballs in a store near you or purchase online, click here.

Packing Mom Made in your child’s lunchbox

Where to Donate Halloween Candy

Your Candy Will Bring Smiles

Donating Halloween candy

No matter how fun trick or treating is, the aftermath can lead to late nights, sour tummies, and fights over who gets the last mini kit-kat. So what’s a Mom or Dad to do when the candy long outlasts your little slugger’s costume? Are you wondering where to donate Halloween candy?

It might be hard to believe but donating your kids candy can help soldiers far from home feel warm and fuzzy, put a smile on a sick kid’s face who didn’t get to go house-to-house wearing their favorite superhero getup, and help families feel a little closer together when they don’t have a place to call home. Also, you can “donate” candy to science – there are some super cool experiments you can do with skittles, starbursts and lifesavers!

Operation Gratitude – Send candy to the troops around the world. No matter where a soldier is stationed, it’s probably far from home. What better way to celebrate a night of fun and frivolity than to send a sweet treat to those keeping us safe?! Operation Gratitude will gladly take your leftover candy (if you’re so inclined send some toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss too to keep their smiles sparkling and a handwritten note {reminding them to floss is optional}) and include it in the care packages they send to soldiers throughout the year.

Ronald MacDonald House – Families with sick kiddos can stay here for little to no cost during hospital stays to ensure that all kids have a “home-away-from-home.” Donating your candy to a local chapter of the RMHC can help put a smile on a face who might have had a tough day, long test schedule or just need a pick me up.

Local Homeless Shelters –If you want to donate your kids candy, and teach them a lesson in humility, try checking if the local homeless shelters accept donations of prewrapped candy. Little ones can make up goody bags with their leftover candy, and help out people in need. Many shelters have volunteer hours for high schoolers, families or just those who want to lend a helping hand. It never hurts to teach kids about life and how to make the world a better place.  

Science experiments with Halloween candy

Science Experiments – Bring back the good ‘ole days by dropping Mentos into a bottle of coke (make sure you stand back!), drop Skittles in water and watch the S’s float to the top, and see if Lifesavers really do spark in the dark! 

Meatball Mummies

Looking for something so yummy it's scary this Halloween? 

At Halloween, it can be challenging to get kids eating healthy. When sugary treats abound and veggies seem scarier than normal, treat your kiddos to a tasty dinner packed with protein, good fats, and just the right amount of 'fright'!

Cook Time: 10-15 Minutes

Total Time: 20-30 Minutes

Yields: 8 Skewers

Ingredients:

  • 1 box Mom Made Turkey Meatballs

  • 1 box Linguine Noodles

  • 1 cup Marinara Sauce

  • Ketchup or diced olives (for eyes, as desired)

Instructions:

Cook linguine noodles according to box directions, drain the add olive oil to coat the noodles preventing them from sticking together. Warm Mom Made Meatball Bites as directed on box. Place four meatballs on each skewer. Wrap linguine noodles around the meatball "body," leaving a space near the top of the skewer for eyes. Dot the opening with marinara sauce, ketchup or diced olives to create eyes.

Dip mummies in marinara sauce and enjoy!

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Mom's MORNING MUFFINS

Fuel your kids with a healthy, quick breakfast

A tasty spin on the traditional egg and meat breakfast, Mom's Morning Muffins are packed with protein and plenty of flavor.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Yields: 12 Muffins

Ingredients:

3/4 cup shredded hash brown potatoes

6 eggs

1/4 cup milk

3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 cup green onion, finely chopped

16 Mom Made Foods Beef & Cheese Meatball Bites

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease muffin pan well. Microwave Mom Made Foods Beef & Cheese Meatball Bites according to package instructions, allow meatballs to cool, cut into quarters and set aside. Beat eggs in mixing bowl, add milk, shredded hash browns, meatballs, green onions and shredded cheese. Stir well. Scoop egg mixture into muffin pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until “muffins” are set. Serve immediately, or, let cool and freeze for quick breakfasts all week!

To reheat frozen muffins, microwave on high for one minute. 

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Chicken & Waffles on a Stick

A Southern-inspired kid's meal

Looking for a way to combine our Chicken & Apple Meatballs Bites with waffles?  We crafted this Mom Made original that will have the kiddos asking for seconds!

Easiest Chicken and Waffle Recipe kids love

Easiest Chicken and Waffle Recipe kids love

Cook Time: 3-4 Minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

Easiest Chicken and Waffle Recipe kids love

1 (8 oz.) boxes Mom Made Chicken & Apple Meatball Bites
24 Mini Frozen Waffles
1/4 cup Pure Maple Syrup

Directions:

Cook Mom Made Chicken & Apple Meatball Bites & toast waffles as directed on box. Spear meatball, waffle, meatball, waffle and repeat until all ingredients are used. Drizzle maple syrup on skewers or pour syrup into cup to dip. Enjoy!

For more fun recipes on a stick, click here.

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Caprese Meatball Kabobs

Caprese Meatball Kabob recipe. So easy and delicious it will impress your guests!

Looking for a deliciously kid-friendly spin on the classic Caprese Salad? Enjoy this Mom Made favorite. And don't forget--it's so simple the kids can help with this one too.

Prep Time: 5 Minutes      

Cook Time: 1-3 Minutes      

Construction Time: 10 Minutes       

Total Time: ~20 Minutes

Yields: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

1 (8 oz.) box Mom Made Turkey Meatballs or Beef & Cheese Meatballs
Cherry tomatoes
1 cup fresh mozzarella balls, small
12 fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup balsamic dressing

Mom Made Caprese Meatball Kabob recipe that’s so easy your kid chefs can make it themselves!

Directions:

Follow directions listed on Mom Made Meatball box to heat.

While meatballs cook, clean tomatoes and basil. Once meatballs are cool, spear a single cherry tomato, meatball, mozzarella ball, and basil leaf. Repeat until all ingredients are utilized.

Lay skewers on platter and dribble balsamic dressing atop (optional). Serve immediately. 

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"Grilled Cheese" Kabobs

Do your kids love grilled cheese? We've got a new "grilled cheese" kabob your kids will enjoy making by themselves then gobble up with a smile.

Prep Time: 10 Minutes      

Cook Time: 3 Minutes      

Total Time: ~15 Minutes

Yields: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

2 (8 oz.) boxes Mom Made Beef & Cheese Meatball Bites
12 1x1 in. squares of Italian Bread
12 cubes cheddar cheese
12 cherry tomatoes

Directions:

Cook Mom Made Beef & Cheese Italian Style Meatball Bites as directed on box.

Cut Italian bread slices into 1x1 in. squares.

Cut cheddar cheese into desirably sized cubes.

Rinse cherry tomatoes.

Spear bread square, cheese block, meatball, and cherry tomato in that order until all ingredients are used.

Serve on platter with side of ketchup. Enjoy!

Grilled Cheese Kabobs for kids
Recipe for Grilled Cheese your kids can make

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Sunrise Sammie

Searching for a savory way to start your day? Yeah, we thought so.

Who doesn't love a protein-packed breakfast in the morning?  We've put together the perfect combination of eggs, cheese and meat and crafted a delectable dish just for you and the kiddos.

Total Time: 10-15 Minutes

Yields: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

4 English Muffins

4 Eggs or Frozen Egg Patties

1 Box Mom Made Beef & Cheddar Meatballs, cut in half

1 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded

Instructions:

Cook Mom Made meatballs as instructed on box. Scramble, or heat frozen eggs patties. Toast English muffins then top with cooked scrambled egg or egg patty. Place halved meatballs on eggs. Top with cheddar cheese. Heat in oven or toaster oven for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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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!

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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. 

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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!

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Happy New Year! Would you like a tomato?

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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!

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