School is out and summer is here - kids everywhere are rejoicing! When warm weather hits, I take full advantage of dining outdoors, because here in Wisconsin, summer does not last long enough. Now that the grill is out and the parties are lined up, it's time to start planning menus. Not much goes better with a summer BBQ than the classics: corn on the cob and baked beans.
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Many of us go into the school year thinking it’s the busy time of year. But for some reason summer seems even busier in our house. I think it’s because we spend as much time outside (as long as there is daylight) and before I know it, it’s past 6pm and dinner isn’t ready! In an effort to make summer meals healthy and effortless, I’ve found a few short-cuts and healthy foods to prepare ahead of time, or when you have a minute or two, to make summer cooking fast and simple.
I have 3 kids, ages 12, 10 and 5. They are at different developmental stages, so I have to be creative when it comes to finding things we can all do (and enjoy!) together. Bike riding is a hit. So is going out to eat and swimming. But this year, I’m trying something new: gardening as a family.
It’s watermelon season! Today’s guest blog post comes from our friends at the Watermelon Board, who represents 1,500 watermelon growers, shippers and importers nationwide. Their goal is to promote the nutritional, culinary and convenience benefits of watermelon. Nothing screams summer quite like a slice of refreshing watermelon! Watermelon is made up of 92% water, so it’s a natural and delicious choice to stay hydrated on hot summer days. And we all know about enjoying a slice of watermelon, but did you know you could also juice it for a refreshing drink AND use the rind in recipes? We teamed up with the Watermelon Board to bring you 3 delicious ways to use your whole watermelon.
The start of summer brings so many fresh produce varieties to stores and farmer’s markets, including melon. Cantaloupe is one of the sweet varieties of melon that I love and pairs nicely with spicy, lemony flavors. At home, grilling season is our favorite time of the year. What a better way to celebrate dad on Father’s Day than organizing a parrillada (barbecue) and preparing a spicy cantaloupe salsa with chips to serve as an appetizer before the big meal.
Today we’re excited to have California Strawberries guest blogging! The commission is responsible for conducting research to support California’s strawberry industry, including sustainable farming practices, production and nutrition research, food safety training and education, marketing and communications, trade relations and public policy. With summertime just around the corner - and an abundance of fruits and veggies everywhere - it’s a great time to start thinking about how to treat family and friends to some of the season’s most healthful and colorful dishes and snacks.
This time of year, our AC is running at full speed and the last thing I want to do is heat up the house by turning on the stove or oven to cook dinner. While I could eat salads every night of the week, my family needs a little more variety at mealtime. No-cook meals are a real life-saver on hot days, and with a little meal planning, can go beyond just salads or sandwiches.
Raise your hand if you have kids who always want a snack, even when dinner will be ready in 10 minutes. Or if your busy schedule has you going from school to activities before heading home for dinner and you need a little something to hold kids over? I know the feeling. Lately, I’ve been keeping a batch of energy bites on hand to keep myself and my kids from “hangry” situations.
Produce for Kids recently had the pleasure to sponsor the #MacKidCooks Cooking Competition put on by Macaroni Kid. The competition called for kids chef to create a new recipe and enter for a chance to compete with other kids to be named the MKCC Champion. For us, it was a natural fit to partner with Macaroni Kid and our parent company, Shuman Produce, to inspire a future generation of young chefs with to get in the kitchen and create healthy recipes.
Spring is in full effect with summer fast-approaching, which means it's time to dust off the patio furniture and fire up the grill. I've actually had my grill out for a few weeks now and take every chance I get to grill our dinner. Burgers, steak, chicken, even veggies, I love grilling season! Less time in the kitchen, less mess to clean up, and more time with family and friends. Isn't that what spring and summer is all about?