Easy, healthy summer recipes your kids will love

Produce for Kids is a fantastic resource to help parents and kids learn about the benefits of consuming fresh produce by providing healthful meal solutions, videos, podcasts and much, much more. The site even hosts an advisory board made up of parents with a wide range of expertise who can provide additional tools and resources on how families can easily incorporate fruits and veggies into their daily routine.Cooking with kids, chocolate fruit skewers

Cooking with kids and for kids can be challenging, specially if you have picky eaters. With that in mind, the side features a special section called Ideal Meals that offers parents 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 or hosting:

Turkey Burgers and Rainbow Salad

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 and 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

Garden Vegetable Pasta and Fresh Salad garden pasta, memorial day weekend

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 and 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

Chicken Patties and Veggie Spears chicken patties, memorial day weekend

Serves 4

Preparation Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients

·   1 large sweet onion, chopped

·   1 Tbsp. butter

·   1 lb. ground chicken breast

·   1 clove garlic, minced

·   ¼ cup parsley, chopped

·   ½ tsp. sea salt

·   ¼ tsp. black pepper

·   1 cup brown rice, cooked

·   1 egg

·   1 Tbsp. olive oil

·   1 cup rainbow peppers, chopped

·   1 carrot, peeled, cut length-wise into 4 pieces

·   ½ cucumber, peeled, cut length-wise into 4 pieces

·   ½ cup cherry tomatoes

Directions

1. Preheat broiler on high.
2. Place foil on baking sheet. Spread with olive oil.
3. In large skillet, cook onions with butter on medium high heat for 20 – 30 minutes, stirring as needed, until tender and golden. Remove from heat.
4. Mix chicken, garlic, parsley, salt, pepper, rice and egg together. Form 8 patties.
5. Place patties under preheated broiler 5 inches from heat; broil 6 – 8 minutes or until lightly golden and firm to touch.
6. Top patties with caramelized onions and rainbow peppers. Serve with carrot and cucumber spears and cherry tomatoes.

Nutrition Information: Chicken Patties & Veggie Spears Calories 464; Fat 10g; Protein 37g; Carbohydrate 55g; Fiber 6g; Cholesterol 131mg; Sodium 513mg; Calcium 35%DV; Vitamin A 97%DV; Vitamin C 87%DV; Iron 10%DV

Chocolatey Fruit Tower chocolate fruit tower, memorial day weekend

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

–Recipes and photos by Produce for Kids

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