Best Bets For Healthy Family Meals in A Hurry.

November 14, 2013

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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.