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Add a Bold New Taste to Your Lunch on the Go!

This post is brought to you by StarKist and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

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Do you eat on the go a lot?  I do, between the kid’s activities and family events, I’m always eating something quick in the car.  If I’m not eating on the go, I’m eating at my desk most days.  When your limited in time and space, it’s easy to get into a lunch time rut.  So, I’m always looking for a new healthy and delicious lunch option that doesn’t involve a drive-thru.
If you read my “Un-slump your Summer Lunch Routine” Post back in July, you already know I love Starkist Tuna Creations Pouches.  Now, they’ve kicked it up a notch with some BOLD new flavors.  So, grab a pouch and a fork, and give Tuna a try in a BOLD new way!

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Quick and Easy to Eat on The Go!

Pouches are single-serve and require no can opener and no draining, this makes it on the go meal or snack. All you need is a fork, and you can tear, eat, and go!  Doesn’t get much simpler than that.  Or if you want a little something extra, take a pouch and add a BOLD protein to your favorite salads, or with crackers.

Delicious and Nutritious!

StarKist Tuna Creations BOLD is a nutritious meal solution that can fit into your busy lifestyle while adding an extra kick of delicious flavor.  Each pouch is a good source of lean protein, and has 110 calories or less to keep your energy going.

So Many Flavors!

StarKist Tuna Creations BOLD  are available in 6 BOLD varieties, including;
StarKist Tuna Creations BOLD Thai Chili Style
Tuna Creations BOLD Jalapeño
Tuna Creations BOLD Hot Buffalo Style
Tuna Creations BOLD Tapatío
Tuna Creations BOLD Sriracha
Tuna Creations BOLD with Rice & Beans in Hot Sauce.  
With so many flavorful options to choose from, you’ll never have to settle for a boring lunch again!

Starkist Charlie sent me the BOLD Tapatío and BOLD Sriracha flavors to try, and I was not disappointed!  Both flavors are delicious, and already on my shopping list for next week.

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Fire up your taste buds and get ready for a BOLD hit of flavor.  Tuna Creations partnered with Tapatio and added their hot sauce and a touch of lime juice to the classic chunk light tuna.  This perfect blend is ready to enjoy on corn chips, on a salad, in a taco or straight out of the pouch.

 

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This hot sauce flavor is made from red chili peppers, garlic and vinegar.  With a garlicky spicy kick, this tuna is the perfect addition to a ramen noodle salad or tuna burger.  Enjoy on rice cakes, crackers or right from the pouch.

I’m usually eating them out of the pouch, especially on the days I am stuck in the car going from school pick up to afterschool activities.  However, on the days I’m home I like to mix it up a bit.  I like how the spicy flavors add a unique kick to my salads, or mix some tuna into my scrambled eggs, and my favorite is piling the tuna on top of my chicken at dinner time.

Want to learn more about the great flavor options StarKist offers?  Visit Starkist here!

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Quick and Simple Back to School Meal Time Ideas with $1.99 Rotisserie Chicken!

This post is sponsored by Boston Market, All opinions are my own.

Quick and Simple Back to School Meal Time Ideas

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Back to school season this year has had me thrown for a loop.  The kids are starting their second school year in Florida and the school year starts very early down here.  

Going into this summer, I assumed this year wouldn’t be as bad after hustling through last year, I was wrong!  After living my entire life in New England, I guess it is still a habit to think of August as a summer month.  When school supplies started popping up in stores before the 4th of July, logically I thought “wow, I guess we have to start shopping” but did I? No!  I am so accustomed to the 4th of July being the kick off of the summer festivities not the time that the summer fun starts to wind down.  So, I procrastinated and procrastinated and as you can surely imagine, the first few weeks of school this year had me frazzled, pus to add to the stress, the youth sports season started at the same time.

There were several nights that I spent trying to squeeze through the school supply isles of my local department store with all the other stressed out mothers, after already spending hours on a practice field.   Luckily by day one, the kids had their new school clothes on and their backpacks packed, but once they got on the bus, I realized I hadn’t even thought about dinner, or lunch for the second day.  I excitedly thought about how I could now stroll through the grocery store without any kids attached to my carriage, but the last thing I wanted to think about was cooking.  Luckily Boston Market saved my sanity!

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Boston Market Family Meal

I love Boston Market because I can run in and get a complete meal for my family that is not only affordable, but it also feels like home cooking.  We are still sitting around the table passing the mashed potatoes and vegetables at the end of the day talking about how school was, and this makes my heart happy and my brain a whole lot less frazzled.

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Boston Market Family Meals feed families of three, four or more.  I usually get the Family Meal for 4, because my husband works the night shift and isn’t a big eater at dinner time, so it is always more than enough food for us.   With a main dish of rotisserie chicken, meatloaf, roasted turkey, or BBQ ribs, plus 4 sides and corn bread, this family dinner is an easy way to get everyone to the kitchen table without any complaints!
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$1.99 Family Meal Deal!

Boston Market is offering a whole rotisserie chicken for only $1.99 with the purchase of any Family Meal!  In addition to feeding my whole family a delicious wholesome Family Meal, I got a whole fresh, never frozen rotisserie chicken for just $1.99.  These chickens can be used in tasty school lunches, afternoon snacks, and into dinner recipes to save time without sacrificing flavor.  This deal made meal times during the school week so much more manageable!

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How I used my $1.99 Fresh Never Frozen Rotisserie Chicken

Breakfast:

Omelets!  I love mixing up the usual cereal or waffles quick breakfasts that happen in my house during busy mornings.  Omelets are a perfect option when I have cooked chicken in the fridge waiting for me.  My kids love eggs, and I love being able to add some nutritious chicken breast and veggies to their breakfast.  With the help of Boston Market’s $1.99 meal deal, I can have a hot breakfast on the table as quickly as it takes my children to pick out which cereal they’d want.

Lunch:

Chicken Salad is a lunch time favorite for my family, the kids love it as a sandwich, while my husband and I can eat it by the bowl full.  Using Boston Market’s Rotisserie Chicken makes my normal chicken salad a lot more flavorful, plus there is no cooking for me!  Lunch is ready in a few minutes.

Dinner:

For a third meal, I used what was left of our rotisserie chicken in a quick Ceaser Salad mix to add some protein to flavor to it.

For $1.99, this Boston Market Meal Deal, saved me time while feeding my family 3 delicious meals in addition to the original family dinner I purchased. 
Are you struggling with meal time during the back to school stress?  Boston Market has you covered!

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What is your favorite Boston Market meal?

Why I Cook with My Kids and the Importance of the 4-H Food Smart Families Program

This post was sponsored by the National 4-H Council as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

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One of my favorite ways to spend an afternoon is in the kitchen cooking with my children.  I grew up making countless memories and learning to cook in my Nana’s kitchen and now I enjoy passing on what I learned to my children.

One of our favorite recipes is one I made countless afternoons with my Nana, Vegetable Soup.  The kids get loaded with healthy veggies in every serving, plus it lets them get hands on with picking, chopping, and cooking lots of different vegetables.

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I love being able to instill a love of healthy cooking in my children.  However, I also know that I am lucky to be able to have the resources to do this for my family, with Nearly 16 million children living in households that don’t have consistent access to food throughout the year.

However, 4-H Food Smart Families is helping create more food secure homes by teaching families how to plan, shop and prepare healthy meals on a budget.  Knowledge is power, and this is gives families who are struggling to make ends meet, the knowledge they need to be able to feed their families well.

Since 2011, UnitedHealthcare and 4-H have partnered together to deliver healthy living programs to more than 340,000 youth and their families in 14 states!

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Teens at Teachers

The Food Smart Families program incorporates an effective 4-H “Teens as Teachers” model that uses the influence of young people by engaging teens to empower their peers and families today and to help establish life-long healthy habits.

More than 400 youth have been trained in the Teens as Teachers model and serve as mentors, teaching younger children and empowering their families to shop better and cook smarter.

There have been positive changes in youth behavior as a result of 4‑H Food Smart families, check out these amazing statistics:

  • 90% of youth participants now think being active is fun and good for fitness
  • 89% now encourage their families to eat meals together
  • 87% said their families have purchased healthier foods
  • 86% now eat fruit for a snack over unhealthier options

Isn’t this an amazing program?

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Learn more about 4-H Food Smart Families and how you can help here, plus connect with them on Facebook and Twitter

 

 

My Families 5 Favorite Foods this Winter with Fresh from Florida!

This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however all opinions expressed are my own

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Winter is upon us down here in Florida and I think it might have dipped into the 60’s for a day or two.  With this being my families first winter after moving down from Boston, we were ready for the beach even on those 60 degree days.  

In New England that temperature is a cool summer night.  As you can guess, all the new northerners stand out from the true Floridians when “winter” strikes.  While my kids are at the bus stop in shorts and sandals, they’re in a sea of kids wearing fur lined hoodies.  

While it did dip into the “frigid” 60’s on a couple occasions, the rest of the winter has been incredible.  I didn’t really know what to expect weather wise in our first year, but I can honestly say Florida during the winter has my absolute favorite weather.  High 70’s and sunny pretty much 90% of the time, what’s not to love! Beyond the weather my favorite advantage of living in a region with such an amazing climate is the ability to get fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables all year round!

  I have fallen in love with being able to stroll the Tampa area farmers’ markets each weekend and pick up juicy fruits and crisp vegetables from local farmers all year long. 

With so many of my family’s favorite produce being in season this winter, my family has eaten healthier than ever before.

Curious when each fruit and vegetable is in season?  Find out here.

My Families 5 Favorite Fresh from Florida Recipes this Winter 

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Florida Grape Tomato and Orzo Pasta Salad
Tomatoes are in season all winter long in Florida and my kids would eat them by the dozen, so by putting them in a pasta salad they turn into a great afternoon lunch on a breezy sunny day.

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Cheddar-Bacon Florida Sweet Corn
Corn is another veggie the kids love that is in season all winter long, and Lilly has asked for corn-on-the-cob for breakfast on numerous mornings, so this recipe is a favorite in our house.

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Florida Strawberry Parfait
This is our go to dessert or afternoon snack.  Each member of my family says strawberries are one of their favorites and this recipe is beyond simple!

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Florida Avocado Smoothie
With 5 of us getting up and out the door during the week, mornings are crazy.  This Avocado Smoothie is an easy and quick breakfast that I can take with me and avocados are in season through January in Florida.

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Florida Beef and Sweet Pepper Skewers
My husband is Brazilian, he LOVES to barbeque and in Florida he does it constantly!  My favorite vegetable is Bell Peppers, I eat them raw, sautéed, grilled, any-way I love them.  So, this is a recipe he often grills us up and it’s delicious.

Want to check out some more yummy recipes?  Head over to Fresh from Florida!  

Whether I’m stocking up on produce at my local grocery store or at one of the cities farmers’ markets, I always look for the “Fresh from Florida” label.  That way not only am I getting fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables, I am also helping the local farmers in my community profit and be able to continue a sustainable farm and keep growing quality food for all of our families.

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6 Ways to Save on Beef this Holiday Season!

This post is funded by The Beef Checkoff and brought to you by The Motherhood. All opinions in this blog are my own.
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The holidays are here and as the only one with kids in my family, holiday parties are usually at my house.  The kids don’t like to leave their new toys on Christmas and I like them home in their own beds when the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.  While I love all the planning, decorating, and cooking, I don’t always like the impact these huge dinners have on my budget.

Luckily this season, beef retail prices are down nearly 10 percent from the highest prices in late 2014, making it easier on your wallet. This is great news as we plan for holiday meals!  

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You can expect to be seeing lower prices at the meat case in your grocery retailer. Take advantage of these prices as you shop for roasts, steaks and ground beef this season.  I sure will be, my husband loves steak, and my taco dip with layers of ground beef is a holiday staple in my house.
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This 10% savings will definitely help, especially during a time of the year when so much money is already going out.  However, I am always looking for ways to save on my grocery shopping and The Beef Checkoff has some awesome advice.


The Beef Checkoff, the leading authority on all things beef, shares expert tips on how to get the best deals on beef this holiday season and every day.
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Now that you know that it’s an option within your budget, are you thinking about Beef for your holiday dinner but not sure where to start?  Beef It’s What’s For Dinner has you covered.

Where to Start
Add roasts to your grocery list this holiday season, an excellent cut of beef to serve friends and family! Here are the resources you need for preparing a perfect roast to wow your guests:
This oven roasting guide will help take the guess work out of this simple preparation method.

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Follow this guide to find out exactly how much beef to buy for your guests, no more, no less.

Confused about which roast to buy? Visit the Interactive Butcher Counter for a variety of options – you pick which beef cut fits your needs!

For additional holiday entertaining ideas, browse this recipe collection at beefitswhatsfordinner.com.

Not sure what to make this holiday?
beefitswhatsfordinner.com some incredible recipe ideas!  Here are some favorites;

Citrus-Marinated Beef and Fruit Kabobs

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Braised Short Ribs with Red Wine Sauce

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Beef Stuffing with Apples and Cranberries

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Adding beef to your holiday menu offers endless possibilities and is sure to impress.

Stay connected with Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner for more tips and yummy recipes!
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Have a wonderful holiday dinner!

All Images above credited to The Beef Checkoff.

 

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