By: Erika Rodriguez
Summer is over, vacations are a thing of the past and schedules often get crazy with every family member going in a different direction. Coming up with ideas for delicious, nutritious meals and finding the time to prepare them can be a challenge. On behalf of Nestle's Balance Your Plate educational program, Mom-on-the-Run Colleen Burns will show you how to save time in the kitchen while helping to create balanced meals that the whole family will love!
Research shows that Americans are only meeting MyPlate recommendations for vegetables, fruit, proteins, dairy, and grains seven days out of the year. We know that everyone wants to eat better but needs inspiration and simple solutions to choose from so they can make it a reality more often. Balance Your Plate is an educational program designed to help you put together delicious and nutritious meals that incorporate both frozen and fresh foods. Frozen prepared foods are a great time saver and the perfect base for your meal. Compliment that frozen entree with a simple and nutritious side dish made with vegetables, fruit, protein, whole grains and/or dairy for a balanced and complete meal.
Many frozen foods actually have fewer calories, fat and sodium levels than the average homemade recipe, AND have greater nutritional benefits than restaurant options. Our great tasting food and side dish recipes show you don't need to compromise flavor for nutrition when turning to convenient options that fit your busy lifestyle. Balance Your Plate is focused on simple solutions - offering a range of recipes and tips that allow you to chose the "perfect pairing" at meal time. Click here to learn more.
Stouffer's uses ingredients that consumers trust and recognize, like what they would use in their own home kitchens, with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Stouffer's Mac & Cheese recipe uses real, simple ingredients like freshly made pasta, butter, cheddar cheese and milk. Just like you'd use at home! While homemade meals are the "golden standard" for many families, we live in a busy world where whipping up homemade dishes every night can be challenging. Stouffer's Macaroni & Cheese is an easy solution that you can feel good about feeding your family. Everyone wants to eat better but with everything on our plate we need simple solutions to make it a reality more often. After you pop the Stouffer's Mac & Cheese into the oven, you can balance your meal by preparing side dishes packed with protein and fresh produce that are easily available at your local farmers market or groery store.
One of my favorite fall veggie dishes is this roasted Brussels sprouts and butternut squash with a pomegranate glaze. For some added protein, make some marinated garlic and lemon chicken drumsticks. Served alongside Stouffer's Mac & Cheese, you've got yourself a balanced meal that the whole family will love!