Family Meals – Fresh and Fast
Ellie Wilson, MS, RDN Senior Nutritionist
September is a time the majority of us hit the reset button, pull out the calendar and get back to school and work routines. No doubt, many of us find we are already overcommitted before we even get started! Catching up around the dinner table is a great way to reconnect after these busy days, but getting that organized can be one more thing on that already long list. Don’t worry, we have your back with #TimeBetterSpent solutions to kick off National #FamilyMealsMonth, an annual celebration of all of the benefits every occasion you can eat together with family and friends can bring.
Sunday – Get ahead and power up Monday breakfast with a delicious, easy overnight oats and berries recipe (see below). September is also #WholeGrainsMonth! Give everyone the protein and #wholegrains they need for brain power, and know some morning time eating together will get the week off to a great start!
Tuesday – First night for sports, Scouts, homework – way too many things to think about cooking too! Rustle up a fresh Rotisserie Chicken, bagged Fresh Express salad, and the leftover corn bread. Fresh and fast!
Wednesday – Mac and Cheese please (see below)! Comfort food that connects the dots – time and kid-friendly, make it with #wholegrain PICS whole wheat rotini so they get what they want, and you get what you want – healthy, happy kids!
Thursday – Dinner is in the bag! Seal and Cook fresh seafood meals made daily in stores include cut fresh vegetables, 4 different seafood choices, and are made with or without garlic butter. They can be steamed in the store, microwaved or baked at home. Seafood is brain food, smart families are enjoying more with this no muss, no fuss solution!
#TimeBetterSpent on #FamilyMeals pays off with a lifetime of benefits for your whole family. Learn more about #FamilyMealsMonth at https://www.pricechopper.com/time-better-spent/. You bring the kids, and we’ll bring you the meal solutions!
Overnight Oatmeal and Berries by Jodie Fitz
2 1/2 cups PICS Greek plain or vanilla yogurt
2 cups PICS old-fashioned rolled oats
¼ cup PICS honey
1 teaspoon Full Circle cinnamon
1 cup PICS frozen blueberries or strawberries
In a large bowl, stir the yogurt, oats, honey and cinnamon together. Divide the mixture among 4 airtight containers*. Add the frozen berries on top. Seal the containers and let sit overnight in the refrigerator. Grab and go in the morning for a quick and easy breakfast!
*Small canning jars work great!
Macaroni and Cheese
8 oz. PICS whole wheat rotini
4 T. PICS unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
4 T. PICS all-purpose flour
2 cups PICS milk
Salt and pepper to season
Pinch Full Circle organic nutmeg
2 cups PICS shredded macaroni and cheese blend
1 cup crushed PICS snack crackers
2 T. PICS melted butter
2 tsp. smoked paprika
Cook pasta until tender, drain and rinse.
Meanwhile, melt 4 T. butter in a sauce pan and add the flour to make a roux. Cook for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the milk and whisk until smooth. Reduce heat and simmer for approximately 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the shredded cheeses.
Toss the pasta and sauce together to coat well. Spoon into a lightly greased casserole dish or 4 individual ramekins.
Combine the crackers, 2 T. melted butter and paprika. Sprinkle over macaroni and cheese, and place in a preheated 375° oven and bake for 20 minutes until bubbly and golden brown. Serves 4.
IDAHOAN STEAKHOUSE POTATO SOUPIdahoan Steakhouse Potato Soups use a convenient, just add water formulation using proprietary Steakhouse technology for a rich textured soup. The 5 minute prep time compares to 15 – 25 minutes of other brands. Idahoan Steakhouse Potato Soups contain no MSG, PHOs or Artificial Flavors – in addition to being Gluten Free. They are made with Premium ingredients, including Baby Reds Potatoes. Family friendly with Four (4) Servings per Pouch. Look for Idahoan Steakhouse Potato Soup in the Condensed Soup and Ready-To-Serve Soup Section of the Soup aisle. Family Mealtimes Matter – All Year Long Ellie Wilson, MS, RDN Senior Nutritionist Today marks the original CASA Family Day, promoted by the Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) and Price Chopper since 2001, when their research showed the positive link between more family meals and less negative behavior in at risk teens. Since then, the research keeps showing that eating together is the glue that keeps kids healthy and families strong. The Family Mealtimes Matter and National Family Meals Month campaigns technically wrap up this week, but they will keep going, in your house and in ours! You will always find great meals and snack solutions in our stores. Did you know, Americans are getting more than 50% of their calories from snacking, making snack time another great time for busy families to eat together. Snacks can help parents add more plant-based items to the foods they serve their children, promoting good habits and good health. It doesn’t have to be fancy, or at a specified time, or even served on a plate! Please, join us at the table whenever you can find time with your family – Family Mealtimes Matter! #familymealtimesmatter #familymealsmonth Family Mealtimes Matter – Chef’s Menu Meals Make it Easy Ellie Wilson, MS, RDN Senior Nutritionist Eating with your family each night is a priority for your family. Life is so busy – your kids have activities and homework, the dog is barking, laundry in the washer, even the gold fish is trying to get your attention – and everyone is hungry! You want to make this happen, but can’t even think about what to cook…..then you remember, you bought the Chef’s Menu chicken marsala meal – sauté the fresh cut veggies, then the chicken, add the simmer sauce (not too high in sodium, nice!), warm up the wild rice – you’re done, and they love it! One pan, happy faces around the table, some precious time to hear about their day, share yours, and feel good about the fresh meal you made for your family. A little bit leftover will make a great lunch for you tomorrow….everyone cleans up, and 5 minutes later, the dog is barking, the laundry is in the dryer, and the kids give you a kiss “just because”… The Chef’s Menu meals are a huge hit – great variety, portioned well, classic recipes and some new flavor adventures to try, they tick a lot of boxes for busy families. Fresh produce, cut and ready to cook, and delicious, nutritious sides that take just a few minutes to warm up, they help you put it all together. Family Mealtimes Matter – try them all, mix and match – over 40 combinations to enjoy! #familymealtimesmatter #familymealsmonth Price Chopper and Market 32 can help with your Easter celebration – from planning that Easter brunch or dinner to creating a unique basket your children will love! Activities for Kids Nothing is more special than creating lasting memories with your children and/or grandchildren. Plan crafts to involve them in preparing for Easter, as well as a few games the day of. Coloring and decorating eggs and Easter Egg Hunts are among the most popular along with the Easter Egg Roll, the most famous of which takes place on the White house lawn every year! Egg Coloring and Decorating
- Keep in mind these food safety tips if dyeing eggs for fun or for an egg hunt:
- Wash hands with warm water and soap before and after handling eggs
- Use only eggs that have been refrigerated and discard eggs that are cracked or dirty
- After hard cooking, dye eggs with food-safe coloring and return them to the refrigerator within 2 hours
- Fun egg decorating ideas can be found here.
- Hold outside if weather permits so the kids can run and enjoy the outdoors
- Decorate the house or yard with helium balloons, streamers, paper cutouts of eggs and rabbits, and bunny paw prints
- Estimate approximately one dozen eggs per child
- Fill multicolored plastic eggs with jelly beans, chocolate eggs, small toys, and money (my kids especially loved this as they got older (quarters, fifty-cent pieces and dollar bills)
- Give the children baskets for the Easter egg hunt or have them decorate a paper bag with colored markers and stickers
The snow may be steadily falling and the cold is settling in-but we bet your homes are warm with the excitement of football season! It’s that exciting time of year where the big game is right around the corner and we’re all proudly cheering for our favorite teams! In honor of this wonderful season, we want to give you, an opportunity to win a flat screen TV courtesy of Unilever or a $200 Price Chopper Corporate Brands coupon booklet with over 25 amazing FREE offers (perfect for purchasing snacks for the night of the big game!).
Do you have a delicious snack you always make for football games, a jersey you always wear, or any fun traditions you and your family do for each game? We want to see them! To enter, send us a photo of your favorite football snacks, your team’s jersey, your family/friends watching a game, or ANYTHING football related! Follow us on Instagram, @PriceChopper, post your photo and use the #PCFootballContest hashtag. If you don’t have an Instagram account, email your photo to email@example.com to enter!This contest runs from January 3rd until NOON on January 21st, 2013. One grand prize winner and 10 randomly selected winners will be announced on January 22nd, 2013. The grand prize winner will receive a flat screen TV courtesy of Unilever. 5 submissions from Instagram and 5 submissions via email will be randomly selected to win. These ten winners will each receive a $200 Price Chopper coupon booklet. Winners submitting on Instagram will be contacted through Instagram; winners submitting through email will be contacted via email. Limit one entry per person. Read official rules here. The Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll Committee and Price Chopper are happy to announce that we are giving away two Family Weekends to the Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll! Lake Placid will be hosting this year’s Fifth Annual Holiday Village Stroll December 7th-9th, 2012. This destination village is known for its majestic mountain setting and for hosting two Olympic Games. Two lucky families will be chosen to stay in Lake Placid and enjoy the endless activities, nightlife, shopping, dining, and entertainment throughout this special weekend. We are asking you to nominate a family you know who could really use a special weekend getaway. Tell us why this family is in need by posting on our facebook page and commenting on our blog below. As a special thank you from Price Chopper, the nominator of each winning family will also receive a $100 Price Chopper gift card! Entries must be submitted by Tuesday, November 13th at 5:00pm. Please post your entry both on our Facebook Page and on our Blog to be qualified. Some of the highlights of the weekend include:
- Holiday skating party with free skate rentals
- Children’s holiday crafts at High Peaks resort
- Holiday gift wrapping and wine tasting
- Story time at the Mirror Lake Inn
- Yule Log Hunt at High Peaks resort
- Mids Park Holiday Celebration with a tree lighting and Santa
- Santa’s Arrival in Mids Park
- Gingerbread House at Generations
- Free Matinee Viewing of Polar Express
- One family will win a two night stay at the High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid with breakfast each morning in the Dancing Bears Resturant. This package is valid for the Holiday Village Stroll Weekend (December 7th-9th, 2012). Make sure to like the High Peaks Resort on Facebook!