The end is near for 2017. As New Year’s Eve looms just a few days away, we’re looking back at an amazing 2017:
- Our in-store campaigns reached over 2,000 stores across the country and gave us the opportunity to work with 59 different fruit and vegetable companies to encourage families to eat healthier!
- We were able to donate 2.6 million meals to Feeding America and host 50 in-school events with Jump with Jill.
- Over 48,000 families and classrooms made the Power Your Lunchbox Promise to eat a healthier lunch this school year.
- The new Produce Tips section of our website launched, bringing you tips on how to pick, prep and store 65 different fruits and veggies!
We’re also looking back at our top recipes for 2017 and sharing them with you. As busy parents, we know that it’s easier to make a few simple swaps in an already family-favorite than create a whole new recipe, and we’ll be striving to provide more recipes like that in 2018.
We’re looking forward to a new year filled with more healthy, easy and family-friendly recipes, real advice from parents for parents on the Produce for Kids blog, and more opportunities to support healthy families!
Here are our Top 10 Recipes for 2017:
- Easy One-Dish Chicken & Veggie Bake: This easy one-pan chicken recipe is sure to become a weeknight staple! What could be easier than throwing chicken and veggies in a baking dish, seasoning and putting it in the oven? Pair with a simple side salad for an extra dose of veggies.
- One-Pot Healthy Turkey Skillet: Looking for an easy, healthy meal that’s ready in under 25 minutes? This one-pot turkey skillet makes dinner and clean up a breeze!
- Broccoli Tater Tots: Kids love tater tots! These homemade broccoli tater tots are easy to make and freezer-friendly. Make an extra batch to freeze for an easy dinner or lunch side dish.
- Creamed Spinach & Mushrooms: Give the traditional creamed spinach a healthy makeover with this rich and creamy recipe. Spinach is a rich source of folate and iron, and onions are an excellent source of vitamin C. Tasty and healthy!
- Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Cauliflower Rice Casserole: The cheesy chicken broccoli rice casserole is a comfort food staple in many houses. For this recipe, we swapped out the rice for riced cauliflower to pump up the veggies and skipped the condensed soup for an easy homemade version using pantry staples. This dish can also be made ahead of time and reheated for an easy weeknight meal.
- Sweet Potato & Black Bean Quesadillas: The sweet and savory filling in this sweet potato and black bean quesadilla makes it the perfect vegetarian dish. Add spinach, peppers, or onions for extra veggies.
- Strawberry Banana Blender Muffins: No dirty bowls here! These strawberry banana blender muffins are quick and easy to throw together for breakfast all week. Made with simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand, these gluten-free muffins are a great alternative to boxed mixes.
- Strawberry & Yogurt Bites: These bite-sized strawberry & yogurt bites are a sweet and delicious treat for Valentine’s Day (or any day!). Let kids help mix the ingredients and fill molds for a fun activity. This recipe calls for plain Greek yogurt sweetened with a little honey, but any flavor or type of yogurt can be substituted.
- One-Pot Chicken Lo Mein: One Pot Wonders are all the rage and for good reason! What’s easier than throwing everything into a pot (no need to cook the pasta!) and having dinner ready in 20 minutes with little to no work? This recipe for chicken lo mein will have you skipping on take-out and opting for a family-friendly, home-cooked meal instead.
- Simple Beef-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash: Fall brings an abundance of squash – from butternut to spaghetti – and all have a unique and delicious flavor. Add some zest to baked spaghetti squash by stuffing it with a ground beef and veggie filling for one tasty dish.