The following is a sponsored post to help spread the word about the Healthy Families Helping Kids Campaign. However, all opinions expressed are that of my own.
Produce for Kids and Publix are teaming up for a 3rd time to support the Healthy Families, Helping Kids Campaign. Plus, this year they are also getting help from The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
This program has been set-up to help raise money for local health and nutrition-based classroom projects through DonorsChoose.org. Beginning September 25th through October 22nd the more produce Publix shoppers add to their carts, the more funds are donated to local children.
Teachers in Publix’s market are encouraged to upload their health and nutrition-based classroom projects as early as Sept. 25 to receive funding from the Healthy Families, Helping Kids program.
During the campaign time period, The Very Hungry Caterpillar will make 2 in-store appearances, Sept. 27 at the Publix located at 3110 Fincher Farm Rd., Matthews, NC and on Oct. 4 at the Publix located at 7524 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando, Fla. For more information, be on the lookout at Publix Produce Departments for signage featuring The Very Hungry CaterpillarTM.
In addition, shoppers are also encouraged to snap a photo of The Very Hungry Caterpillar in store and upload it to Instagram using the hashtag #ProduceForKids to be entered to win one of two The Very Hungry Caterpillar gift baskets. The display will also direct shoppers to visit produceforkids.com to find more than 150 recipes, meal planning tools, campaign information and healthy tips from real parents.
The following companies proudly support the Healthy Families, Helping Kids campaign:
Apio, Inc. – Eat Smart® Fresh Cut Vegetables; Buddy Fruits® 100% Blended Fruit Pouches; Del Monte Foods® – Fruit Naturals® Cups; Chiquita Fresh – Fresh Express® Packaged Salads; Florida Department of Citrus – 100% Florida Orange Juice, Florida Oranges & Florida Grapefruit; Evolution Fresh® Juices & Smoothies; Ventura Foods – Marie’s® Refrigerated Salad Dressings; Paramount Farms – Wonderful® Pistachios. Additional support is provided by Chiquita Fresh – Chiquita® Bananas.
Check out the following fabulous recipe featured at the Produce for Kids website, I did and it was YUMMY!
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
1 lb. chicken tenderloins
½ cup 100% Florida orange juice
1 lime, juiced, zested (divided)
½ cup salsa
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 (15 oz.) can low-sodium black beans, drained, rinsed
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
¼ cup cilantro, chopped
3 scallions, chopped
1. Combine chicken, orange juice, ½ of lime juice and salsa in large sealable bag, mix well. Marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes to 1 hour.
2. Preheat oven to 375°F.
3. Place chicken and marinade in 13×9-inch baking dish, coating chicken evenly.
4. Bake 20-30 minutes, or until cooked through.
5. Combine 2 cups water, lime juice and quinoa in large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer 15 minutes, or until liquid evaporates. Add beans, tomatoes, cilantro, scallions, 1 tsp. lime zest and heat through.
6. Top quinoa with chicken and additional salsa, if desired.
FYI, I substituted 1 lb of Salmon in the place of the Chicken. Be sure to adjust your cooking time and temperature according to the packaging if you also decide to use fish.
Do you cook with Quinoa? What dishes do you incorporate it into?
For more information on Healthy Families Helping Kids visit produceforkids.com.