• Best Bets For Healthy Family Meals in A Hurry.

    November 14, 2013 Leave a Comment

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    Making the decision to eat better doesn’t

    mean you have to stock your fridge

    exclusively with carrot sticks and
    lettuce leaves. There are plenty of
    healthy and delicious meal options that will have
    your taste buds cheering.
    Fill up your fridge
    How many times have you raided the fridge, only to
    eat the first thing you could find? Arrange your
    fridge so everything at eye level is packed with
    nutritional benefits. The top shelf is prime space for
    fresh fruits, berries, vegetable sticks, string cheese
    and hard boiled eggs.
    Keeping lean proteins on hand is another way to
    take proactive steps towards creating healthy meals.
    Lean proteins, like the protein found in soy, can help
    families feel fuller longer and can also help lower the
    chances of childhood obesity.
    Pick the perfect protein
    During dinnertime, entrées featuring beef, pork or
    chicken are often the star of the plate. However, meat
    proteins can supply your recipes with unwanted
    saturated fats and cholesterol. Instead of asking your
    family to forego their favorite meat dishes, try swap –
    ping out meat proteins with meat alternatives, using
    soy protein. Soy is a high-quality vegetable protein
    that is easy to incorporate into your family’s diet. It
    can support muscle strength and is an especially
    good choice for managing healthy weight for the
    entire family.
    MATCH® premium meat alternatives provide
    the taste, texture and nutrition meat lovers want,
    without the saturated fats and cholesterol. Look
    for great flavor matches like ground pork, Italian
    sausage, ground chicken, crab and ground beef at
    www.matchmeats.com.
    Find recipes for family favorites
    Quick, easy and delicious have to be a part of every
    family’s meal on busy weekdays. Breakfast Burritos
    are sure to be a family favorite. Simply fill tortillas
    with MATCH® Italian Sausage, eggs, cheese, salsa
    and fresh herbs for a hot, tasty start to your morning.
    Another sure crowd pleaser is Beef Tacos. Just swap
    out traditional ground beef for MATCH® Ground Beef
    and spoon your favorite taco ingredients into soft or
    hard shells. Homemade Beef Sloppy Joes are equally
    as easy to make. This recipe is a tasty way to get
    your whole family fed and out the door in time for
    evening activities.
    Once you’ve picked the perfect recipes and filled
    your fridge with lean proteins, like soy protein,
    eating well will become a healthy habit the whole
    family will love.
    Beef Tacos
    Makes: 6 to 8 tacos
    1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
    2 cups yellow onion, diced
    2 tablespoons fresh garlic, chopped
    1 pound MATCH® Ground Beef
    4 tablespoons taco seasoning
    1 tablespoon ground cumin
    2 cups canned black beans,
    drained and rinsed
    1 jalapeno, diced with seeds
    6 to 8 hard or soft taco shells
    Shredded lettuce, chopped
    tomatoes, sour cream,
    guacamole, cheese, taco sauce
    or your other favorite toppings
    Add olive oil to saucepan over medium
    heat. Add onion and sauté for 2 to 3 min –
    utes until clear but not brown. Add garlic.
    Sauté for one minute. Add MATCH®
    ground beef and break apart with fork.
    Sauté for 1 to 2 minutes. Add taco season –
    ing and cumin. Increase heat to medium/high
    and continue browning MATCH® ground
    beef until outside is crispy. Add black
    beans and reduce heat to medium. Add
    jalapeno. Serve with your favorite taco
    shells and your favorite toppings.
    Beef Sloppy Joes
    Makes: 6
    3 tablespoons canola oil
    1 pound MATCH® Ground Beef
    1 medium onion, chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 cup zucchini, chopped
    1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
    3/4 cups green pepper, chopped
    1 (16-ounce) can tomato sauce
    1 teaspoon basil, dried
    1 teaspoon thyme, dried
    Salt and pepper, to taste
    8 buns
    Heat oil in large skillet. Sauté MATCH®
    ground beef, onion and garlic over mediumhigh
    heat until browned. Add zucchini,
    mushrooms and green pepper. Cover and
    simmer for 5 to 7 minutes until vegetables
    are tender. Stir in tomato sauce, basil,
    thyme, salt and pepper. Simmer uncovered
    until most of the liquid has evaporated.
    Serve on toasted buns. Can freeze for
    future use.
    Italian Sausage
    Breakfast Burrito
    Makes: 6 burritos
    2 tablespoons canola oil
    1 pound MATCH® Italian Sausage
    4 eggs
    1/2 cup green onion, chopped
    Salt and pepper, to taste
    2 tablespoons fresh cilantro,
    chopped
    1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
    6 to 10 flour tortillas
    3/4 cup salsa
    Sour cream (optional)
    In non-stick skillet, heat canola oil. Sauté
    MATCH® Italian sausage and break up as
    you cook. Cook until golden. Add whipped
    eggs, green onion, salt and pepper. Cook
    eggs through. Sprinkle with cilantro and
    cheddar cheese. Fill tortillas with egg
    mixture, spoon salsa over filling and wrap.

    Serve with side of sour cream.

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