Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Fresh Baby My Plate: Part 2 Meal and Product Review

As I told y'all in Fresh Baby My Plate: Part 1 I received a Fresh Baby kids plate in one of my previous Bluum Subscription Boxes, and contacted them to see if they were interested in a full review They replied with a challenge: build a healthier plate for my family. The project: show our readers how easy and affordable it is to build a healthier plate for my family from the grocery store to the dinner table. After all, we want our readers to get healthy and be healthy with us! The primary goal is teach our readers about the "My Plate" program that kind of is the newest version of the food pyramid.
Easy-peasy, right? Well, I thought so. Then I decided to really do this piece justice, that I needed to write it in a few parts. So, here goes Part Two! 



Since it is summertime, we absolutely love grilling out. Especially when it's 118 outside, and we don't dare turn on the oven. I decided that for our Fresh Baby My Plate meal, we were going to grill Beef Kabobs, Bell Peppers, Peaches and make couscous (which has twice the protein as rice, just FYI).

I use a marinade for kabobs and peppers that is HEAVENLY; however, my husband is usually a bit frustrated because he says it tends to slide/fall off of the food and cause a lot of flare up. So, I'm going to share you my updated trick that I used for the marinade. Granted, it's not a "true" marinade because it lacks an acidic component, but I treat this just the same by coating the meat in it and letting it sit for at least an hour (or longer, even as much as overnight in the fridge!). This works on chicken, seafood, roasted potatoes, really a TON of things. You can add or delete some spices as needed.

Garlic, Onion and Herb Marinade Blend
2 cloves elephant garlic (4-5 regular)
1/2 medium onion
Fresh Basil (1/2 bunch)
Fresh Oregano (about 1/4 bunch)
Fresh Thyme (about 10-15 sprigs- because I absolutely love Thyme)
Fresh Rosemary (just a little)
1/4c olive oil

Prep: Slice Bell Peppers (I preferred colors) about 1" wide, the length of the pepper. I usually cut beef kabob meat about 1.5" or so, and chicken about 1" in size. I'm a paranoid about making sure chicken is cooked properly, so I always make sure they are sized as close to exact as possible. 

Marinade Mixture: Take the herbs off of stems and chop coarsely. Rough cut onions and garlic into small enough pieces to be able to fit into a mini chopper (or food processor). Toss all ingredients into the chopper and blend until it is spreadable. Toss some into bowl and coat the cut kabob meat. Spread onto sliced bell peppers right before grilling. I found that this technique prevents oil from dripping like crazy into the grill and the peppers keep some of the yummy goodness flavor on them throughout the whole process. YUM.



So after dinner was ready, it was time to set the table with our Fresh Baby My Plates! And yes, I've set myself a child's size plate; because, my portions are smaller than the average adult due to my surgery. It is what it is. :)

 
It's time to start serving!
 Just for a close up, here's what the child's plate looks like. I love how it has pictures of the different foods of the food groups, helps to teach the littles what goes where!



And here she is, all portioned out.
Fruit is 1/2 grilled peach, Grain/Starch is Couscous
Vegetables are onion, pepper and tomatoes
Protein is Beef Kabobs (which, yes, we like medium rare).



It's so super important to our family to have our family together for dinner each night. We always sit at the table and eat together. It's one of those things that has always been super important to me, and will continue to be. Even though Nugget doesn't talk much, we read her daily "report" from pre-school and talk about what she did that day. We talk about our days at work, what we did, plan we want to make for the weekend, things of that sort. See, no complaints from Nugget, this is one of her favorite meals!



Family dinners don't always have to be a big ordeal, you can totally make an easy, simple dinner without much effort! Here's some Secrets to Simple Family Dinners from Fresh Baby. The USDA even has a tip sheet for Building a Healthy meal and Encouraging Healthy Food Choices. One fun way to get your kids interested is to have them participate in meal prep! It's not that difficult, there are many things that kids can do. Teaching Kids to Cook isn't that hard, you just need a few extra minutes and some patience!




What's your family's favorite summer recipe? 
How do you get your kids involved in meal prep?
I received a Fresh Baby kids plate in one of my previous Bluum Subscription Boxes, and contacted them to see if they were interested in a full review here on The Nurse Mommy. They replied with a challenge: build a healthier plate for my family. The project: show our readers how easy and affordable it is to build a healthier plate for my family from the grocery store to the dinner table. After all, we want our readers to get healthy and be healthy with us! The primary goal is teach our readers about the "My Plate" program that kind of is the newest version of the food pyramid.
Easy-peasy, right? Well, I thought so. Then I decided to really do this piece justice, that I needed to write it in a few parts. 
- See more at: http://www.thenursemommy.com/2013/06/fresh-baby-my-plate-part-1-grocery-shopping-and-healthy-eating.html#sthash.m8Lx8F42.dpuf

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