Stop & Shop and Produce for Kids® Partner to Help Connecticut Children

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Produce for Kids® is launching its annual Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign with 16 major supermarket chains across the country, including Connecticut Stop & Shop stores, to help raise money for local children’s cancer research.

Launched May 4, 2012, shoppers like us can support local children’s cancer research programs and get healthy at the same time.  Thanks to the annual Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign hosted by Stop & Shop Supermarket Company, LLC and Produce for Kids, the more produce shoppers add to their shopping lists the more hope they can give to local children.

I love that so many supermarkets and corporations are standing up and paying attention to supporting charitable endeavours and promoting healthy living!  I think its great too that the program works with how much produce we purchase and not counting on us to make a separate purchase.

Celebrating a milestone 10th birthday in 2012, Produce for Kids is excited to kick off this year’s campaign with a new partnership with Sprout® and LazyTownTM. During the campaign, which will run through May 31st, Stop & Shop will offer shoppers collectible Produce for Kids’ Ideal MealsTM – quick and easy healthy meal ideas, which are free and can be found in displays featuring LazyTown characters from the popular, health-focused, children’s series airing exclusively in the U.S. on 24-hour preschool television channel, Sprout.

Ideal Meals offer shoppers chef-created/nutritionist-approved easy solutions for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. Featuring fresh fruits and vegetables as the main ingredients, Ideal Meals are great for busy families who crave fast meal options that don’t require stopping at the local drive-thru.

Below are some delicious and healthful summer-inspired Ideal Meals perfect for Memorial Day weekend and any upcoming picnics or BBQs you may be attending:

One thing I really like about these recipes is that they are healthy options- but also things we can do WITH our kids to help teach them healthy cooking practices, and instill healthy eating habits from an early age.  We do grow many vegetables in our garden but they won’t be ready for a while- it’s going to be fun trying all of these in the next few weeks!

Serves 4

Preparation Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients:

·   1 lb. ground turkey

·   1 cup panko breadcrumbs

·   1 egg

·   1 Tbsp. fresh basil, (or ⅓ Tbsp. dried) chopped fine

·   1 cup mushrooms, washed/dried, sliced

·   ½ medium sweet onion, sliced

·   2 Tbsp. butter

·   4 slices, deli style mozzarella cheese (¾ oz. each)

·   1 large tomato, sliced

·   4 whole grain burger buns

 

Directions:

1. In large bowl, mix breadcrumbs, egg, basil, and salt. Once mixed, add ground turkey and mix well. Make patties about the size of the bun.
2. In frying pan, on medium/high heat add butter, mushrooms and onions and cook about 10 minutes until tender and brown. Turn heat to low and keep warm.
3. Pan-fry or grill, on medium heat, burgers until firm (about 4-5 minutes a side).
4. Assemble bun with burger, cheese, tomato and onion/mushroom mixture.

Serves 4

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

·   1 apple, cored, sliced

·   4 rainbow peppers, seeded, sliced

·   ½ mango, skinned, diced

·   ½ fresh lemon, juiced

·   2 Tbsp. olive oil

Directions:

1. Thoroughly toss apples, peppers, mango, lemon juice and olive oil in a bowl.
2. Season with salt and pepper, as desired.

Nutrition Information:

Turkey Burgers & Rainbow Salad Calories 689; Fat ; Protein ; Carbohydrate ; Fiber 14g; Cholesterol 154mg; Sodium 606mg; Calcium 34%DV; Vitamin A 41%DV; Vitamin C 160%DV; Iron 25%DV

 

 

Serves 4

Preparation Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients:

·   8 oz. uncooked pasta (whole wheat or multi-grain)

·   1 medium sweet onion, peeled, chopped

·   2 Tbsp. unsalted butter

·   2 cups fresh spinach, chopped

·   2 cups mushrooms, washed/dried, chopped

·   ½ cup kalamata olives, sliced

·   1 tsp. olive oil

·   Salt, as needed

 

Directions:

1. Preheat Heat oven to 400° F.
2. Cover cookie sheet pan with parchment paper or use a non-stick pan and lay onion pieces and mushrooms on pan. Season very lightly with salt and pepper. Roast in oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, set aside until easy to handle.
3. While vegetables are roasting, cook pasta according to package directions. Once cooked, drain and toss with tsp. olive or vegetable oil and set aside.
4. In large frying pan, melt butter on medium high heat, add roasted onions and mushrooms. Stir for 2 minutes. Turn heat to medium, add spinach and sliced olives and cook 2 minutes. Add pasta, stir and season with salt as needed. Turn off heat and cover if needed to keep warm.

Serves 4

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

·   1 bag of packaged salad

·   1 apple, cored, sliced

·   4 Tbsp. red wine vinaigrette

 

Directions:

1. In a bowl, add packaged salad and sliced apples.
2. Drizzle with vinaigrette.

Nutrition Information:

Garden Vegetable Pasta & Fresh Salad Calories 501; Fat ; Protein ; Carbohydrate ; Fiber 6g; Cholesterol 33mg; Sodium 545mg; Calcium 34%DV; Vitamin A 46%DV; Vitamin C 86%DV; Iron 19%DV

 

 

Serves 4

Preparation Time: 12 minutes

Ingredients:

·   4 (6-inch) bamboo skewers

·   1 premade pound cake

·   8 strawberries, whole, leaves hulled

·   8 raspberries, whole

·   1 cup pineapple, cored, chunked

·   4 Tbsp. chocolate syrup

Directions:

1. Cut pound cake into 4 1×3-inch rectangles and 8 1×1-inch squares.
2. Place 1 1×3-inch piece cake on plate, stick skewer in middle.
3. Add strawberry, raspberry, pineapple and 1×1-inch piece of cake to skewer.  Repeat with another strawberry, raspberry, pineapple and 1×1-inch piece of cake.
4. Drizzle with chocolate syrup.

Nutrition Information:

Chocolatey Fruit Tower Calories 354, Fat 2.5g, Protein 12g, Carbohydrate 52.1g, Fiber 2.4g, Cholesterol 9mg, Sodium 280mg, Calcium 348mg, Vitamin A 529 IU, Vitamin C 44.4mg, Iron 1.4mg

 

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  • All of that food looks SOOO good! I love eating fresh fruits and veggies.

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  • What a wonderful program! The recipes look fab but my kids would really enjoy the chocolaty fruit tower!

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  • All of the recipes sound delicious! We always seem to eat healthier during the summer when fresh produce is more available!

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  • That pasta salad recipe looks delicious.

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  • Oh yum, the last two recipes look DELISH. I don’t think my family would go for the main course though.

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  • These look like great recipes :) I love turkey burgers!!

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  • Theses sound like great recipes :)

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  • Those are some awesome recipes!! I’ll have to see if they’re connected to any grocery stores here in MN! I think this is a fantastic campaign!

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  • That’s a great campaign! I love the recipes too. Thanks for sharing!

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  • These recipes sound delicious! We have turkey burgers at least once a week and I’m always looking for ways to mix it up.

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  • Looks very very good! I love the fact that they are very healthy choices! Thanks!

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  • What a great initiative! I love these yummy recipes too!

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