Make meal time family time

Kids cooking

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) Sharing mealtime with your family can have tremendous benefits for everyone’s health and well-being. Research suggests having dinner together as a family at least four times a week has positive effects on child development including:

  • A lower risk of obesity
  • A lower risk of substance abuse and eating disorders
  • An increased chance of graduating from high school
  • Families also tend to have a healthier diet

September is Family Meals Month. Challenge your family to share one more meal each week. Meijer has some healthy, family-friendly dinner ideas that can get kids helping out in the kitchen too!

Show how you’re a Family Food Rock Star with Jump with Jill! Log on to the Family Meals Contest and share a family meal picture for a chance to win a $100 Meijer gift card!

Honey Mustard Chicken & Veggies

Honey Mustard Chicken & Veggies
Honey Mustard Chicken & Veggies

Sheet pan dinners are a busy parent’s best friend. All you need is a sheet pan, some veggies, a protein and your favorite seasonings, and you can have a healthy, home cooked meal on the table with little-to-no work and clean-up! For this recipe, we tossed the veggies and chicken in a tangy honey mustard sauce for one tasty dinner.

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon True Goodness® by Meijer™ honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 ounces Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled, chopped
  • 1/2 small sweet onion, chopped
  • 4 True Goodness® by Meijer™ boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Mix mustard, honey, oil, salt and pepper in large bowl. Add Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes and onions, tossing to coat. Spread vegetables on baking sheet, leaving space in middle.
  3. Add chicken to bowl and toss with remaining sauce. Place chicken in middle of baking sheet.
  4. Bake 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are tender.

Source: Produce for Kids

One-Pot Chicken Lo Mein

One Pot Chicken Lo Mein
One Pot Chicken Lo Mein

One Pot Wonders are all the rage, and for good reason! What’s easier than throwing everything into a pot (no need to cook the pasta!) and having dinner ready in 20 minutes with little to no work? This recipe for chicken lo mein will have you skipping on take-out and opting for a family-friendly, home-cooked meal instead.

Makes 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound True Goodness® by Meijer™ boneless chicken breast, cut into small strips
  • 1 (16oz.) box whole wheat linguini
  • 8 ounces matchstick carrots
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, julienned
  • 8 ounces white sliced mushrooms
  • 4 green onions, sliced into 1-inch strips
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 quart True Goodness® by Meijer™ chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  1. Add chicken and pasta, then carrots, bell pepper, mushrooms, onions, garlic, soy sauce, cornstarch, sugar, broth and oil to large stockpot. Cover, bring to a rolling boil over high heat and stir. Cook, covered, 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until most of the liquid is gone and the chicken is cooked through.
  2. Remove from heat, uncover and let sit 5 minutes before serving.

Source: Produce for Kids

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