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Take The Power Your Lunchbox Pledge + Giveaways #PowerYourLunchbox

Take The Power Your Lunchbox Pledge + Giveaways #PowerYourLunchbox

Whether your kids started some already, or maybe you still have a few weeks – it’s no denying that it’s back To School time. In the midst of all the school supplies and new clothes or shoes, you can’t forget about lunches. Yes, it’s time to give your kids the fuel that they need to make it through the day! I look for options that are healthy, nutritious, but are also FUN – my kids still like FUN lunches :)

What are some of your favorite options for lunches? Well, I am hoping that you guys will join me in taking the Power Your Lunchbox Pledge.

What is it? Well, the new Power Your Lunchbox Pledge by Produce for Kids®, is running through September 15, and encourages us parents to pack healthier lunchboxes for our kids this back-to-school season.  And by taking the pledge, you also make a donation to DonorsChoose.org!

Visit Power Your Lunchbox Onlinehere you can pledge to pack healthier lunchboxes; get RD-approved, kid-friendly lunchbox ideas and tips; and download coupons from companies supporting the program.

Yes, there are COUPONS too :)

Looking for recipe ideas? Check out these from Produce for Kids:

Both recipes look delicious for a lunch…or any meal really!  I can’t wait to try them myself :)

Take The Power Your Lunchbox Pledge + Giveaways #PowerYourLunchbox

Want a chance to win some FUN prizes?

Produce for Kids Instagram and Twitter fans can use the #PowerYourLunchbox hash tag to show off their healthy lunchboxes throughout the program to be automatically entered to win weekly prizes and have their lunchboxes featured on Produce for Kids’ Facebook page. Prizes include bento boxes, fruit-infusing water bottles, grocery store gift cards and more.

Want more tips? Join Produce for Kids and partner companies at the #PowerYourLunchbox Twitter party on August 20, 2014 at 9pm ET.

Produce for Kids partners supporting Power Your Lunchbox Pledge include AMC Direct South African Summer Citrus, Define Bottles™, GROW by Organics Unlimited, Laptop Lunches® and Pero Family Farms®. These companies will be making a difference by helping Produce for Kids fund health and wellness classroom projects across the US through DonorsChoose.org.

Take The Power Your Lunchbox Pledge + Giveaways #PowerYourLunchbox

DonorsChoose.org is an online charity aimed at helping public and charter schoolteachers across America obtain the supplies needed for their classrooms. To date, 152,000 public and charter schoolteachers have used DonorsChoose.org to secure $187 million in books, art supplies, technology and other resources to enhance student learning.

Teachers across the country are encouraged to begin uploading their health and nutrition-based classroom projects as early as September 1 to receive funding from the Power Your Lunchbox Pledge program. Produce for Kids will be enlisting the help of the public to match donations to all projects that meet these requirements.

For more information on teacher eligibility, please visit DonorsChoose.org.

Follow Produce For Kids on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for great recipe ideas, tips, and more!

While you are at it – stay up to date with me too :)  Find Having Fun Saving on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google +.

Produce for Kids® is a philanthropically based organization that brings the produce industry together to educate consumers about healthy eating with fresh produce and raises funds for local children’s non-profit organizations. Since its creation in 2002 by Shuman Produce Inc., Produce for Kids has raised more than $4.8 million to benefit kids. To learn more about Produce for Kids and healthy eating,

About DonorsChoose.org Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post requests, and individuals can give directly to the ones that inspire them. To date, 152,000 public and charter schoolteachers have used DonorsChoose.org to secure $187 million in books, art supplies, technology, and other resources that their students need to learn. Visit www.donorschoose.org/intro to hear Oprah Winfrey and Stephen Colbert tell the DonorsChoose.org story.

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Italian Orzo Pasta Salad recipe

Italian Orzo Pasta Salad

Produce for Kids emailed me with some amazing tips and coupons to help us parents pack healthier lunchboxes for our kiddos. They also emailed me some amazing recipes – this one is for an Italian Orzo Pasta Salad. Not only would this be the perfect addition to lunchboxes for your kids and YOU, it would also make an excellent side dish or meal for anytime.

Italian Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe #PowerYourLunchbox
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Recipe type: Lunch/Side Dish
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup orzo
  • ¾ cup broccoli florets, chopped
  • ¾ cup yellow and red cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ⅔ cup low sodium garbanzo beans, rinsed
  • 2 large sprigs basil, chopped
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil & vinegar dressing
Instructions
  1. Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain and do not rinse. Pour into large mixing bowl.
  2. Prepare ice bath by placing a few cubes of ice with water in medium bowl.
  3. Place broccoli in covered microwaveable dish with 1 Tbsp. water. Microwave on HIGH 30 seconds. Drain and transfer to ice bath for 30 seconds. Drain and add to orzo.
  4. Add tomatoes, garbanzo beans, basil, cheese, and dressing to orzo and broccoli. Toss and season with pepper as desired. Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled.
Notes
Suggested Sides:

Apple, grapes and watermelon sprinkled with 1 tsp. orange juice
1 oz. lowfat Cheddar cheese, cubed and skewered
1 oz. pistachios
Clementine and blueberry-infused water

 

The new Power Your Lunchbox Pledge by Produce for Kids®, launched a few days ago on August 11 and will be running through September 15, and it encourages us to pack healthier lunchboxes for our kids this back-to-school season. Make sure to visit poweryourlunchbox.com to take the pledge to pack healthier lunchboxes; get RD-approved, kid-friendly lunchbox ideas and tips; and download coupons from companies supporting the program.

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Chicken and Cheese Casserole Recipe

by Tracy on August 5, 2014 · 1 comment

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Chicken and Cheese Casserole Recipe

Chicken and Cheese Casserole Recipe

My buddy Christie has a yummy recipe for us today…it includes three different cheeses and actually looks pretty easy to make. I think this is one I would have to make on a night I may be taking a break from counting my calories ;)

Check out this Chicken and Cheese Casserole Recipe on Saving Said Simply

Make sure to let me know if you try this one – Christie said her whole family loved it!

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Pizza Magpies Recipe - AKA HOBO Pies #camping

Pizza Magpies Recipe – AKA HOBO Pies #camping

I love camping. I think it’s an amazing experience for quality family time. Without TVs, phones, etc. Not like I don’t have mine with me…but it’s just different :) Each year my family and I head up north….WAY up north for us as we live in Florida and enjoy Lake Leelanau, MI. We eat great while camping…turkey, ham, steaks, etc…but one of our favorite meals is always Magpies. I know some folks call them HOBO pies, but my family has always called them Magpies.

One of the most traditional Magpies is the pizza magpie. Now, these can be filled with just about anything you can think of, but the recipe I have below is just for good ole’ pepperoni and cheese…well, and I added in some pepperoncinis :)

Pizza Magpies Recipe - AKA HOBO Pies #camping

Pizza Magpies Recipe - AKA HOBO Pies #camping
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Recipe type: Lunch/Dinner
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • Stick of butter
  • Bread
  • Pepperoni
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Shredded Cheese
  • *Any additional toppings that you would usually love on your pizza!
Instructions
  1. Heat the magpie maker in the fire
  2. Take a stick of butter rub onto the edges and the center of the maker (this will prevent the bread from sticking)
  3. Place a piece of bread on either side of the maker
  4. Fill ONE side of the maker/bread with all your toppings - I recommend starting with the sauce, then cheese, pepperoni, then a little bit more of cheese and sauce
  5. Put the other piece of bread on top of the filled side when you are done
  6. Place the other side of the maker on the top and securely close your maker
  7. Pull off the extra bread that is hanging over the side if you are using a circle maker (I personally prefer the circle makers)
  8. Cook over the fire - I personally recommend not cooking directly over a flame. This will prevent burns and lead to a slower and more even cook.
  9. Check it every few minutes
  10. Take out when both sides of the bread are a golden brown
  11. Take your first bite with caution - just in case it's super hot!
  12. Enjoy!

 

Pizza Magpies Recipe - AKA HOBO Pies #camping

As I mentioned in the recipe, I prefer the circle makers, I just think that they seal better.  Need some makers?  You can find them on Amazon.  I definitely recommend the wood handles!

Pizza Magpies Recipe - AKA HOBO Pies #camping

There’s my dad enjoying his pizza magpie and my mom and daughter taking selfies :)  I love camping!  Anyone else??  Do you make magpies?  What are your favorites?

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Tilapia with Lemon Basil Butter Recipe

Tilapia with Lemon Basil Butter Recipe

I have another fabulous seafood recipe for you guys today!  Actually, what makes this recipe really delicious is the Lemon Basil Butter – and you will love how easy it to make.  It is fabulous on this dish – but just think of all the others it would be good on as well.  I served our dinner with my Tropical Quinoa Salad – dinner was light and full of protein :)

Tilapia with a Lemon Basil Butter
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Recipe type: Dinner
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Ingredients
  • Tilapia
  • 1 tablespoon of Old Bay Seasoning
  • Olive Oil or Coconut Oil
  • ½ cup(s) unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup(s) (lightly packed) basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon(s) lemon zest, grated
  • 1 tablespoon(s) lemon juice
  • ½ clove(s) garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon(s) salt
  • ¼ teaspoon(s) freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Put he butter, basil leaves, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper into food processor and mix well - place in refrigerator when done
  2. Hit a small amount of oil in pan
  3. Sprinkle Old Bay on both sides of the Tilapia
  4. Saute until white and flaky throughout
  5. Serve with Lemon Basil Butter
  6. Enjoy!
Notes
You can make the butter up to 3 days in advance

Make sure t let me know if you try this Tilapia with Lemon Basil Butter Recipe! I hope your family enjoys it as much as we do :)

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Cola Pulled Pork Crock Pot Recipe

by Tracy on July 18, 2014 · 0 comments

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Cola Pulled Pork Crock Pot Recipe

Cola Pulled Pork Crock Pot Recipe

I have a nice and easy recipe for you guys today.  It is for Cola Pulled Pork Sandwiches and it uses one of my favorite things…The Crock Pot!  I love that this recipe is easy to get together and easy to make a double batch of to freeze :)

 

Cola Pulled Pork Sandwiches Crock Pot Recipe
Recipe type: Dinner
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2-3 pounds bone-in pork shoulder (Boston Butt, Porkbutt) - bone in or out (I would say that mine was about 2 lbs...a family of 4 had no leftovers - just to give you an idea)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups cola
  • ½ cup hoisin sauce
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
Instructions
  1. Toss everything into a freezer bag and freeze it for when you want an easy dinner OR
  2. Toss everything in the crockpot now :)
  3. Cook on high for about 4-5 hours or on low for 6-8
  4. Remove the pork from the Crock Pot and shred it with two forks
  5. Serve on buns, salad, or nachos!

I hope you guys enjoy this Cola Pulled Pork Crock Pot Recipe!  Make sure to let me know if you try it :)

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Baked Salmon with Light Lemon Sauce Recipe

Baked Salmon with Light Lemon Sauce Recipe

I love Salmon.  I will admit that it is one of those fish that some folks either love or hate…but I think it’s all in how you cook it!  I have been trying out different, healthy recipes for us and salmon and we have really been enjoying them.  I hope you are too :) Most recently we made Oven Baked Salmon with a light and easy lemon sauce.

Here’s the recipe:

Baked Salmon with Lemon Sauce
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Recipe type: Dinner
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Ingredients
  • Salmon - we love Anderson Seafoods
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ cup white wine
  • ¼ cup green onions - diced
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Instructions
  1. Place the soy sauce, lemon juice, sugar, white wine, and green onions into a shallow baking dish and stir gently
  2. Place the salmon in the same dish
  3. Drizzle with honey, cover, and refrigerate for 1-2 hours
  4. Place the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and Worcestershire sauce in mixer and blend until smooth
  5. Set sauce aside until ready for use
  6. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until salmon is cooked and flaky throughout
  8. Serve over rice or Quinoa (or a mixture of the two!)
  9. Drizzle the lemon sauce over the salmon and your rice right before serving
  10. Enjoy!

 

Make sure to check out these other Seafood Recipes:

Make sure to let me know if you try this Oven Baked Salmon and Lemon Sauce recipe, I hope you enjoy it as much we do!

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Granola Crusted Banana Skewers Recipe

by Tracy on July 10, 2014 · 0 comments

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Granola Crusted Banana Skewers Recipe

Granola Crusted Banana Skewers Recipe

My buddy Christie at Saving Said Simply has a fun recipe for us today that puts a yummy twist on eating fruit! It actually looks so cute, it MIGHT convince my kiddos to eat fruit ;)

Check out this Granola Crusted Fruit Recipe

This would definitely be perfect for breakfast, lunchboxes, and even dessert!

Make sure to let me know if you try this one – I would love to hear your feedback!

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Ask Award-Winning Cook Kristina Vanni YOUR Questions! #AskPompeian

Ask Award-Winning Cook Kristina Vanni YOUR Questions! #AskPompeian

I wanted to let you know about an upcoming program with Pompeian Olive Oil and award-winning cook Kristina Vanni called #AskPompeian.

Hunter PR recently surveyed 1,000 Americans asking when they’d be most likely be trying new recipes and the results were interesting:

  • 33% of people are most likely to try a new recipe on Saturday
  • 38% of consumers are most likely to try making a new recipe between 3pm-5pm
  • and 52% are most likely to try a new recipe when cooking for themselves

So from 3pm-5pm for the next three Saturdays (July 12, 19, 26) Kristina Vanni, check out her blog here , will be taking over the @PompeianOils Twitter handle to answer consumers questions about recipes, from how to perfect the one dish they’ve been working on to what type of olive oil works best for a Cobb salad.

How fun is that?  Access to an AWARD-WINNING cook to answer YOUR questions!  Make sure to mark your calendars!

 

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Root Beer Glazed Salmon Recipe

by Tracy on July 7, 2014 · 0 comments

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Root Beer Glazed Salmon Recipe

Root Beer Glazed Salmon Recipe

I have a delicious Salmon recipe to share with you guys today.  We have used this Root Beer Glaze on filet and on ham and it has always been a hit.  Well, recently we received Fresh Copper Ricer Salmon from Anderson Seafoods for review and we thought the Root Beer Glaze would be fabulous on it…and we were right :)  The best part is that it is very easy to make…and Salmon is very healthy for you!

Root Beer Glazed Salmon Recipe
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Recipe type: Dinner
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Ingredients
  • Salmon - we used Fresh Copper River Salmon from Anderson Seafoods
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 12 oz Root Beer
  • 12 oz Beef Broth - we used the Lower Sodium
Instructions
  1. Place the Root Beer and Beef Broth in a large pan and simmer for about 1 hour - *You will notice that when starts to reduce quickly - you will have to watch it almost constantly!
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  3. Place the salmon skin-side down in a baking dish
  4. Lightly drizzle the olive oil over the salmon
  5. Sprinkle the salt and pepper over the salmon
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until flaky
  7. Top with Root Beer Glaze
  8. Serve with fresh vegetables - I made honey-roasted carrots
  9. Enjoy!

 

This is what the glaze will actually cook down to, so it will go from the 24 oz to this very small amount!  As I mentioned in the recipe – make sure to watch it very closely when it starts to reduce quickly – you don’t want to burn it!

root beer glazed salmon

Check out all the seafood available by Anderson Seafoods

Make sure to let me know if you try this Root Beer Glazed Salmon recipe…I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Disclosure – While I received the Salmon for review, my opinions and recipe are 100% my own!

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