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7 Fruit Cake Recipes from The Produce Mom

7 Fruit Cake Recipes – Produce Mom Picks

December is National Fruitcake Month. Even the season’s most reviled dessert has its own recognition month. Instead of traditional fruitcake, consider serving your holiday guests cakes made with fruit. They’re much tastier, in my opinion! So check out these seven fruit cake recipes and find one or two to make for your next holiday party! Read more →

December 2016 Produce Challenge Calendar

December 2016 Produce Challenge Calendar

A new month is here and that means a new #ProduceChallenge! Are you up to the challenge?  Who should take the #ProduceChallenge? People who want to eat more fruits and vegetables. People who are tired of eating the same few fruits and vegetables week after week. People who are looking for new and exciting way to cook & bake with fruits and vegetables. Parents who want strategies to get their children to eat more fruits and veggies. Parents who are looking for kid-friendly recipes. People who want to learn more about where their food comes from and how it’s grown. People who are interested... Read more →

$10 in the Produce Department at Kroger: Part 3

We completed part three of our $10 Produce Challenge series with our partners at Kroger. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for Produce Challenge #4 happening on Tuesday, 11/22/16. Welcome to the 3d edition of the 3rd $10 Produce Challenge! This series will focus on two things: 1) Fresh Produce is affordable 2) The Kroger Ad exposes you to great value, great variety, as well as seasonal fruits and vegetables. As the Founder and Owner of The Produce Mom, I’m always receiving feedback and commentary from our readers, social media followers and my personal friends that relates to fresh produce. Hands down,... Read more →

16 Thanksgiving Side Dishes from The Produce Mom

16 Thanksgiving Side Dishes – Produce Mom Picks

It’s almost Thanksgiving, the one day a year we can indulge in foods full of calories with little to no guilt. If you’re still working on your menu for Thursday, consider these 16 Thanksgiving side dishes. I’m sure you’ll find a few that your family will love! Read more →

Colorful Veggie Appetizers and Sides for Thanksgiving from The Produce Mom

Colorful Veggie Appetizers and Sides for Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! Earlier today on Indy Style, I demonstrated several Thanksgiving recipes that featured colorful flowering kale called Salad Savoy. Kale isn’t just for salads and garnishes! You can use it in many savory appetizers and side dishes that are perfect for Thanksgiving. Read more →

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Father’s Day Grilled Veggie Tray

Father’s Day is synonymous with grilling! Why not make a grilled veggie tray? It’s easy and delicious!   You may also enjoy: 7 Fruit Cake Recipes – Produce Mom Picks Did you know that December is National Fruitcake Month? Yes, even the season’s most reviled dessert has its own recognition month. But let’s look at f... Unexpected Uses for Fruits and Vegetables – Produc... Are you getting the full benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables? Besides eating them, there are many unexpected uses for fresh produce. From b... $10 in the Produce Department at Kroger: Part 3 We completed part... Read more →

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Edible Strawberry Christmas Tree

This Edible Strawberry Tree is the perfect & most delicious way to incorporate fresh produce into your holiday festivities!   You may also enjoy: 7 Fruit Cake Recipes – Produce Mom Picks Did you know that December is National Fruitcake Month? Yes, even the season’s most reviled dessert has its own recognition month. But let’s look at f... Unexpected Uses for Fruits and Vegetables – Produc... Are you getting the full benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables? Besides eating them, there are many unexpected uses for fresh produce. From b... $10 in the Produce Department at Kroger: Part 3 We completed... Read more →

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Valentine’s Day Veggie Tray

Your family & friends will fall in love with this Valentine’s Day Veggie Tray! One of the best parts about creating this party tray is being able to exchange any of the vegetables for your favorite picks! Choose cucumbers instead of green bell pepper or carrots instead of yellow bell pepper. If you desire, this tray can even be made with your favorite fruit picks – the possibilities are endless!   You may also enjoy: 7 Fruit Cake Recipes – Produce Mom Picks Did you know that December is National Fruitcake Month? Yes, even the season’s most reviled dessert has its... Read more →

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XOXO Valentine’s Day Fruit Tray

Show your Valentine how much you love them this holiday by making them their one & only XOXO Fruit Tray! You can even personalize this fruit tray by exchanging the blueberries, pineapple, or watermelon with you loved one’s favorite fruit. It doesn’t get sweeter than that! You may also enjoy: 7 Fruit Cake Recipes – Produce Mom Picks Did you know that December is National Fruitcake Month? Yes, even the season’s most reviled dessert has its own recognition month. But let’s look at f... Unexpected Uses for Fruits and Vegetables – Produc... Are you getting the full benefits of fresh... Read more →

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St. Patrick’s Day Vegetable Tray

What is the first color that is associated with St. Patrick’s Day? GREEN! This vegetable tray is the perfect way to prepare for the festivities since it only uses GREEN vegetables!   You may also enjoy: 7 Fruit Cake Recipes – Produce Mom Picks Did you know that December is National Fruitcake Month? Yes, even the season’s most reviled dessert has its own recognition month. But let’s look at f... Unexpected Uses for Fruits and Vegetables – Produc... Are you getting the full benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables? Besides eating them, there are many unexpected uses for fresh produce. From b...... Read more →

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American Flag Fruit Tray

Choose this American flag fruit tray for your 4th of July festivities! The red, white & blue colors  will light up the room!   You may also enjoy: 7 Fruit Cake Recipes – Produce Mom Picks Did you know that December is National Fruitcake Month? Yes, even the season’s most reviled dessert has its own recognition month. But let’s look at f... Unexpected Uses for Fruits and Vegetables – Produc... Are you getting the full benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables? Besides eating them, there are many unexpected uses for fresh produce. From b... $10 in the Produce Department at... Read more →

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New Year’s Fruit Tray

New year, new you! Ditch the chips & dip for your New Year’s Eve celebration and create this delicious fruit tray! It is just as easy as opening a bag of chips, plus it’ll make you look like a pro! You may also enjoy: 7 Fruit Cake Recipes – Produce Mom Picks Did you know that December is National Fruitcake Month? Yes, even the season’s most reviled dessert has its own recognition month. But let’s look at f... Unexpected Uses for Fruits and Vegetables – Produc... Are you getting the full benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables? Besides eating them, there... Read more →

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4th of July Fruit Wand

Dazzle up your 4th of July party with these homemade fruit wands! A quick & easy recipe that will be a huge hit with all ages!     You may also enjoy: 7 Fruit Cake Recipes – Produce Mom Picks Did you know that December is National Fruitcake Month? Yes, even the season’s most reviled dessert has its own recognition month. But let’s look at f... Unexpected Uses for Fruits and Vegetables – Produc... Are you getting the full benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables? Besides eating them, there are many unexpected uses for fresh produce. From b... $10 in the Produce... Read more →

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St. Patrick’s Rainbow Fruit Tray

This rainbow fruit tray will make your St. Patrick’s Day celebration the best one yet! The tangy, sweet & tart flavors of the fruit make this tray the perfect way to start off the holiday. You may also enjoy: 7 Fruit Cake Recipes – Produce Mom Picks Did you know that December is National Fruitcake Month? Yes, even the season’s most reviled dessert has its own recognition month. But let’s look at f... Unexpected Uses for Fruits and Vegetables – Produc... Are you getting the full benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables? Besides eating them, there are many unexpected uses for... Read more →

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American Veggie Cup

This may not be your typical party tray, but it is a fantastic way to serve veggies & dip at your Memorial Day, 4th of July, or Labor Day get-to-together. While the star & American flag toothpicks are optional, they should do make the serving cups look cute! All you have to do is drop a scoop of vegetable dip in the bottom of the cup, add your favorite sliced veggies on top & serve – easy as 1,2,3! You may also enjoy: 7 Fruit Cake Recipes – Produce Mom Picks Did you know that December is National Fruitcake Month? Yes,... Read more →

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Easter Bunny Fruit Tray

Still looking for the perfect dish to make for your family gathering? Whether you are hosting or attending Easter lunch, this fruit tray is the answer to your problem! Even better, this recipe is quick & easy. It will probably take you longer to gather the ingredients than it will to build the actual bunny! Plus, you’ll look like a professional 🙂 You may also enjoy: 7 Fruit Cake Recipes – Produce Mom Picks Did you know that December is National Fruitcake Month? Yes, even the season’s most reviled dessert has its own recognition month. But let’s look at f... Unexpected Uses for... Read more →

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Skeleton Vegetable Tray

Halloween can be so much more than pumpkins, costumes & candy! Encourage your kiddos to eat more fruits & veggies this Halloween by creating this party tray.  The variety of vegetables will ensure that every kid finds their favorite!   You may also enjoy: 7 Fruit Cake Recipes – Produce Mom Picks Did you know that December is National Fruitcake Month? Yes, even the season’s most reviled dessert has its own recognition month. But let’s look at f... Unexpected Uses for Fruits and Vegetables – Produc... Are you getting the full benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables? Besides eating them,... Read more →

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Halloween Pumpkins

This is probably my all time favorite treat to make for Halloween parties! These little pumpkins take 2 minutes to create & are always a huge hit with the kids & adults. Whether you need a treat for a school or home Halloween party, these pumpkins are the way to go! You may also enjoy: 7 Fruit Cake Recipes – Produce Mom Picks Did you know that December is National Fruitcake Month? Yes, even the season’s most reviled dessert has its own recognition month. But let’s look at f... Unexpected Uses for Fruits and Vegetables – Produc... Are you getting the... Read more →

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Menorah Vegetable Platter

Each night at sundown over the next eight days, another flame is lit on the menorah. Therefore, in light of the Hanukkah season (pun intended), I decided to create my own menorah with some colorful, healthy vegetables.   You may also enjoy: 7 Fruit Cake Recipes – Produce Mom Picks Did you know that December is National Fruitcake Month? Yes, even the season’s most reviled dessert has its own recognition month. But let’s look at f... Unexpected Uses for Fruits and Vegetables – Produc... Are you getting the full benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables? Besides eating them, there are... Read more →

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Cinco de Mayo Veggie Tray

Change up your Cinco de Mayo menu this year but incorporating this vegetable platter at your fiesta! Serve with your favorite vegetable dip & it’ll be a huge hit – trust me! You may also enjoy: 7 Fruit Cake Recipes – Produce Mom Picks Did you know that December is National Fruitcake Month? Yes, even the season’s most reviled dessert has its own recognition month. But let’s look at f... Unexpected Uses for Fruits and Vegetables – Produc... Are you getting the full benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables? Besides eating them, there are many unexpected uses for fresh produce. From... Read more →

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Easter Vegetable Basket

The perfect combination of vegetables matched with a great way to carry your favorite picks! It is easy to exchange any of the vegetables shown with your favorites. Incorporating a variety of colors & flavors makes this Easter Vegetable Basket one to remember! You may also enjoy: 7 Fruit Cake Recipes – Produce Mom Picks Did you know that December is National Fruitcake Month? Yes, even the season’s most reviled dessert has its own recognition month. But let’s look at f... Unexpected Uses for Fruits and Vegetables – Produc... Are you getting the full benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables?... Read more →

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Vegetable Snowman Tray

The snow & temperature is falling, which means winter is here! As holiday parties approach, keep this snowman vegetable tray in mind for your next event! The ranch serves as the perfect dipping sauce with the crisp vegetables. Plus, the snowman is cute as can be! You may also enjoy: 7 Fruit Cake Recipes – Produce Mom Picks Did you know that December is National Fruitcake Month? Yes, even the season’s most reviled dessert has its own recognition month. But let’s look at f... Unexpected Uses for Fruits and Vegetables – Produc... Are you getting the full benefits of fresh... Read more →

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Fruit-Filled Sombrero Hat Tray

It is officially Cinco de Mayo, which means it is time to break out the fiesta decorations! This sombrero hat filled with a variety of fruit makes a great table center piece.  Your guests will love the vibrant colors & sweet flavors as they munch on these produce picks. Plus, you get a decoration & party snack out of this fruit tray! You may also enjoy: 7 Fruit Cake Recipes – Produce Mom Picks Did you know that December is National Fruitcake Month? Yes, even the season’s most reviled dessert has its own recognition month. But let’s look at f...... Read more →

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Father’s Day Watermelon Grill

Father’s Day is right around the corner, which means your little one is probably looking for the perfect homemade present to make for their dad! Lucky for you, this homemade watermelon grill is the answer to your search! It is easy, kid-friendly & extremely delicious.  Plus, it’s a great way to get your kids in the kitchen & the man in your life consuming more fruit!   You may also enjoy: 7 Fruit Cake Recipes – Produce Mom Picks Did you know that December is National Fruitcake Month? Yes, even the season’s most reviled dessert has its own recognition month. But let’s... Read more →

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Mother’s Day Blooming Fruit Basket

Forget the tradition of flowers this Mother’s Day & instead, make this cute blooming fruit basket! While I chose a variety of fruits for this basket, make sure to incorporate your mom’s favorites! You may also enjoy: 7 Fruit Cake Recipes – Produce Mom Picks Did you know that December is National Fruitcake Month? Yes, even the season’s most reviled dessert has its own recognition month. But let’s look at f... Unexpected Uses for Fruits and Vegetables – Produc... Are you getting the full benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables? Besides eating them, there are many unexpected uses for fresh... Read more →

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Star of David Fruit Tray

Serving a Star of David Fruit Tray this holiday season is the next best thing since sliced bread! The variety of colors & produce picks ensures there is a fruit everyone will like.  Even better, you can incorporate different varieties than what is shown & be creative! You may also enjoy: 7 Fruit Cake Recipes – Produce Mom Picks Did you know that December is National Fruitcake Month? Yes, even the season’s most reviled dessert has its own recognition month. But let’s look at f... Unexpected Uses for Fruits and Vegetables – Produc... Are you getting the full benefits of fresh fruits... Read more →

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Mother’s Day Vegetable Bouquet

Now, this is a gift that will impress any mother out there! The sweet bell peppers filled with the tangy cherry tomatoes is the perfect combination of vegetables to fill up the flower pot. You may also enjoy: 7 Fruit Cake Recipes – Produce Mom Picks Did you know that December is National Fruitcake Month? Yes, even the season’s most reviled dessert has its own recognition month. But let’s look at f... Unexpected Uses for Fruits and Vegetables – Produc... Are you getting the full benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables? Besides eating them, there are many unexpected uses for... Read more →

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New Year’s Veggie Tray

There’s no better way to start out the new year than with fresh produce! This New Year’s Veggie Tray is the PERFECT party tray for your guests. Plus, it’s quick, easy & tasty!   You may also enjoy: 7 Fruit Cake Recipes – Produce Mom Picks Did you know that December is National Fruitcake Month? Yes, even the season’s most reviled dessert has its own recognition month. But let’s look at f... Unexpected Uses for Fruits and Vegetables – Produc... Are you getting the full benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables? Besides eating them, there are many unexpected uses for fresh... Read more →

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Thanksgiving Day Turkey Tray

It is time to change up the way you celebrate Turkey Day! This Thanksgiving add this colorful & delicious turkey to your family meal. Plus, this veggie tray incorporates a variety of vegetables that everyone can enjoy!   You may also enjoy: 7 Fruit Cake Recipes – Produce Mom Picks Did you know that December is National Fruitcake Month? Yes, even the season’s most reviled dessert has its own recognition month. But let’s look at f... Unexpected Uses for Fruits and Vegetables – Produc... Are you getting the full benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables? Besides eating them, there are... Read more →

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Turkey Apple Tray

Apples & homemade caramel dip – YES PLEASE! This fruit tray is a unique way to plate your apples & dip at your next party. Pick your favorite variety of apple & slice it up! You may also enjoy: 7 Fruit Cake Recipes – Produce Mom Picks Did you know that December is National Fruitcake Month? Yes, even the season’s most reviled dessert has its own recognition month. But let’s look at f... Unexpected Uses for Fruits and Vegetables – Produc... Are you getting the full benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables? Besides eating them, there are many unexpected uses for... Read more →

Kitchen Gadgets for Prepping Produce from The Produce Mom

Kitchen Gadgets for Prepping Produce – Produce Mom Picks

One of the challenges that comes with eating fresh produce is prepping it. Many fruits and vegetables require a bit of work before they’re ready to be eaten. Check out these six easy-to-find kitchen gadgets for prepping produce. Then use them to create these tasty recipes! Read more →

7 Snacks for Little Soldiers

7 Snacks for Little Soldiers – Produce Mom Picks

Veterans Day is a special day we set aside to honor and thank everyone who has served – or is serving – in our military. This Friday, find some time to recognize the veterans in your community for their patriotism and their sacrifices for our country. And try these seven snacks for your own little soldiers! Read more →

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Crock Pot Meals for Busy Moms

I truly believe crock pots were developed to keep the busy families out there sane! During the fall months (or all months), routines can be lost & kid’s activities can run late.  However, investing in a crock pot & having a few favorite recipes in your back pocket helps life move forward! Many people only view crock pots for a meal featuring a “meat.” We want to change that…you can use a crock pot to feature fruits and vegetables! Crock pot meals are a great way to incorporate more produce into your kiddos diet, especially veggies.  Trust me, I know! It is... Read more →

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November 2016 Produce Challenge Calendar

A new month is here and that means a new #ProduceChallenge! Are you up to the challenge?  Who should take the #ProduceChallenge? People who want to eat more fruits and vegetables. People who are tired of eating the same few fruits and vegetables week after week. People who are looking for new and exciting way to cook & bake with fruits and vegetables. Parents who want strategies to get their children to eat more fruits and veggies. Parents who are looking for kid-friendly recipes. People who want to learn more about where their food comes from and how it’s grown. People who are interested... Read more →

Celebrating the Broccoli Slaw Anniversary with The Produce Mom

Celebrating the Broccoli Slaw Anniversary

Let’s celebrate Broccoli Slaw! Earlier today on Indy Style, I celebrated the 25th anniversary of Mann’s Broccoli Slaw, the first convenience product in the produce department. With Broccoli Slaw, Mann’s created an innovative way to turn broccoli stems, which typically were waste products, into a consumable product. Try these three recipes featuring Broccoli Slaw! Read more →

Vegetable and Pasta Recipes from The Produce Mom

8 Vegetable and Pasta Recipes – Produce Mom Picks

Vegetables and pasta. They just belong together! I love the crunch of fresh veggies with the starchy pasta. Or try roasted vegetables for a deep burst of flavor. If you’re ready for more veggies with your pasta, try these vegetable and pasta recipes. I’m sure you’ll love them all! Read more →

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$10 in the Produce Department at Kroger: Part Two

On Thursday, October 6th we completed part two of our $10 Produce Challenge series with our partners at Kroger Welcome to the 2nd edition of the $10 Produce Challenge! This series will focus on two things: 1) Fresh Produce is affordable 2) The Kroger Ad exposes you to great value, great variety, as well as seasonal fruits and vegetables. As the Founder and Owner of The Produce Mom, I’m always receiving feedback and commentary from our readers, social media followers and my personal friends that relates to fresh produce. Hands down, the most popular sentiment shared with me is that fresh fruits and... Read more →

How to Select, Store, and Serve Potatoes from The Produce Mom

How to Select, Store, and Serve Potatoes – Produce Mom Picks

Potatoes are arguably the most versatile vegetable in your pantry. They can be baked, roasted, fried, boiled, mashed, and steamed. Are you using this vegetable to its full potential? Read about how to select, store, and serve potatoes. Then try some potato recipes! Read more →

8 Fall Beverage Recipes from The Produce Mom

8 Fall Beverage Recipes – Produce Mom Picks

It’s finally fall! This time of year causes most of us to turn to comforting, homemade foods – like soups, casseroles, and baked goods. And what goes better with these homemade foods than homemade beverages! From warm ciders to cold milkshakes and everything in between, you and your family will love these fall beverage recipes! Read more →

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October 2016 Produce Challenge Calendar

A new month is here and that means a new #ProduceChallenge! Are you up to the challenge?  Who should take the #ProduceChallenge? People who want to eat more fruits and vegetables. People who are tired of eating the same few fruits and vegetables week after week. People who are looking for new and exciting way to cook & bake with fruits and vegetables. Parents who want strategies to get their children to eat more fruits and veggies. Parents who are looking for kid-friendly recipes. People who want to learn more about where their food comes from and how it’s grown. People who are interested... Read more →

8 Fruit and Vegetable Pancake Recipes from The Produce Mom

Fruit and Vegetable Pancake Recipes

Pancakes are not just for breakfast anymore! And not all pancakes are sweet. Besides using fresh produce on top of your pancakes, try adding them to the inside. Be adventurous with peaches, apples, zucchini, and even carrots. Help me celebrate National Pancake Day by trying these fruit and vegetable pancake recipes this week! Read more →

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$10 in the Produce Department at Kroger

On Thursday, September 15th we kicked off a special series with our partners at Kroger. Welcome to the 1st edition of the $10 Produce Challenge! This series will focus on two things: 1) Fresh Produce is affordable 2) The Kroger Ad exposes you to great value, great variety, as well as seasonal fruits and vegetables. As the Founder and Owner of The Produce Mom, I’m always receiving feedback and commentary from our readers, social media followers and my personal friends that relates to fresh produce. Hands down, the most popular sentiment shared with me is that fresh fruits and vegetables... Read more →

5 Variations of Ants on a Log from The Produce Mom

Variations of Ants on a Log

Did you know that National Ants on a Log Day is Sept. 13? If you think Ants on a Log is just peanut butter and raisins on a celery stick, think again! This snack is making a comeback with a variety of new toppings. You’ll love these variations of Ants on a Log! Read more →

9 Pear Recipes from The Produce Mom

Pear Recipes

As we quickly approach the fall season, many of us immediately would choose apples as our favorite fall fruit. But don’t forget about pears! They make a wholesome snack for your entire family, and they’re delicious when dried, baked, or sautéed. If you’re ready for a taste of fall, try these pear recipes! Read more →

September 2016 Produce Challenge Calendar

September 2016 Produce Challenge Calendar

A new month is here and that means a new #ProduceChallenge! Are you up to the challenge?  Who should take the #ProduceChallenge? People who want to eat more fruits and vegetables. People who are tired of eating the same few fruits and vegetables week after week. People who are looking for new and exciting way to cook & bake with fruits and vegetables. Parents who want strategies to get their children to eat more fruits and veggies. Parents who are looking for kid-friendly recipes. People who want to learn more about where their food comes from and how it’s grown. People who are interested... Read more →

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Watermelon: Enjoying the Whole Fruit

About the Watermelon Watermelon is one of the most beloved fruits of the summer! However, people often overlook the fact that it is always in season and available year-round at your local groceries. So don’t fret, we can enjoy this sweet and juicy fruit for many months to come! As the summer comes to a close, it is important to remember that watermelon not only tastes great, but it can help you stay hydrated.  Watermelon is made up of 90-92% water and is a great source of Vitamin A and fiber! Based on nutritional facts, it is important to point out that... Read more →

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Chia Seeds

Chia seeds have increased in popularity the last few years & the seeds are known for their excellent health benefits. BUT…what exactly is a chia seed, what are the benefits of consuming the seed & how do you eat them?  Three very good questions that you should consider before incorporating chia seeds into your diet! What are Chia Seeds? A chia seed comes from the Salvia hispanics plant, which is in the same family as the mint plant.  So if you were wondering, it is possible to grow your own chia seeds! The seed was first discovered in the ancient Aztec... Read more →

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Power Up with Produce – Back to School Recipes

While many of us parents are glad to get back to our regular routines, back to school time can present some food dilemmas. Parents are always on the lookout for easy breakfast options, healthy after-school snacks, and make-ahead dinners. Earlier today on Indy Style, I offered some easy ways to power up with produce as our kids go back to school! Read more →

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Ask the Produce Expert: Cotton Candy Grapes

Today’s Expert: Jim Beagle, CEO & Partner of Grapery, Inc. Welcome to the 16th edition of our featured series, titled “Ask the Produce Expert.”  In this series, we feature an expert in the agriculture world and ask them industry-related questions.  If you have a question that you want answered by an industry expert – it’s as easy as tweeting us or posting your question on The Produce Mom Facebook page!  The Produce Mom Family of Partners is here to answer your questions! In this edition of Ask the Produce Expert, Jim Beagle is our featured expert.  Since joining Grapery in 2008,... Read more →

4 Cotton Candy Grape Recipes from The Produce Mom

Cotton Candy Grape Recipes

When you’re craving a sweet treat, reach for grapes! And if you’re on the hunt for sweet grapes with big flavors, look no further than Grapery! Grapery’s most popular variety is Cotton Candy Grapes. Yes, they really taste like cotton candy! Grab a bag of Cotton Candy Grapes and try these Cotton Candy Grape recipes. You won’t be disappointed! Read more →

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Cooking with Quinoa

There are many different pronunciations of quinoa floating around, but there is indeed a correct way! Let’s all say it together “KEEN-wah“. Now that we have mastered the pronunciation of the grain, do you know how to cook with quinoa? What is quinoa? Quinoa is a pseudograin that is packed with all the nutrients necessary to be considered a complete protein, which means ALL the amino acids are found within the seed. The term “pseudograin” means that quinoa is eaten like a typical grain & has a similar nutrient profile to other grains.  However, the superfood is actually in the same family as... Read more →

8 Fruit and Veggie Wrap Recipes from The Produce Mom

Fruit and Vegetable Wrap Recipes

If you’re tired of eating the same ol’ sandwich, try a wrap! Wraps mean you can enjoy all the deliciousness of a sandwich but inside a convenient package with less carbs. Wraps are totally customizable – fill them with your favorite fruits or veggies. Start your wrap obsession with these fruit and vegetable wrap recipes! Read more →

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Tips & Tricks for Dining Out

Fast food…Delivery…Fine dining…Cafeteria: eating out is part of our routine! Maintaining a healthy diet can become difficult due to all the food options available to us. Restaurants are known to throw excess calories or ingredients into a dish. However, by knowing some of these tips & tricks will help you stay on track toward a healthy lifestyle and enjoy a meal out with friends and family! TIPS and TRICKS Ask for a to-go box from the start. At the beginning of the meal ask for a to-go container & portion out half of your serving.  The portion sizes at restaurants are... Read more →

August 2016 Produce Challenge Calendar

August 2016 Produce Challenge Calendar

A new month is here and that means a new #ProduceChallenge! Are you up to the challenge?  Who should take the #ProduceChallenge? People who want to eat more fruits and vegetables. People who are tired of eating the same few fruits and vegetables week after week. People who are looking for new and exciting way to cook & bake with fruits and vegetables. Parents who want strategies to get their children to eat more fruits and veggies. Parents who are looking for kid-friendly recipes. People who want to learn more about where their food comes from and how it’s grown. People who are interested... Read more →

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Introducing Lindsey

We are excited to introduce the addition of Lindsey Wall, Master Gardener as part of our growing team! Lindsey will be involved with our public relations and will lend her expertise and passion to the TPM community. She will use her association with Purdue University Extension to improve The Produce Mom’s content and strategy for increasing school, community & home gardening! Lindsey will also play an integral role in community and media relations, as she made her debut on Indy Style last Thursday. Lindsey will spend her time educating the community that anyone can be a gardener. Lindsay wants to make sure that everyone knows that a... Read more →

8 Fruit and Vegetable Dip Recipes

Fruit and Vegetable Dip Recipes

Dips are a simple way to dress up any fruit or veggie. They’re typically easy to prepare, and they add flavor and interest to produce without taking away their health benefits. I had so much fun discovering these fruit and vegetable dip recipes online. I hope you will have just as much fun making them for your family and eating them together! Read more →

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Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed bell peppers are a great dish to serve during your family meals! The tasty flavors & easy prep will have your family asking for seconds!  When preparing a stuffed bell pepper recipe you can use green, yellow, orange, purple or red bell peppers – it is up to you.  How do you get started? Follow these 3 simple steps to create your stuffed bell pepper dish! First – pick a pepper! While all bell peppers will provide a serving of vegetables, the nutritional quality will differ depending on the color of the pepper. Green bell peppers will be high in Vitamin C, but the... Read more →

8 Broccoli Recipes

Broccoli Recipes

Broccoli sometimes gets a bad rap as a boring green vegetable. But I’m here to tell you that this veggie is not as lackluster as you might think! Besides being healthy, broccoli is so versatile and tasty! Don’t be afraid to experiment with non-traditional uses for this humble vegetable. To get started, try these delicious broccoli recipes! Read more →

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5 Reasons to Love Produce Managers

  There are many different reasons to love your produce manager! They are the superstars behind helping to inspire your kiddos to eat more fruits & veggies.  They are the masterminds behind incorporating red, green, purple, blue, yellow & orange colors on your dinner plate.  They are the heroes behind providing quick, easy & nutritious meals. Last Month, United Fresh recognized and honored 25 of the industry’s top retail produce manager for their commitment to fresh produce, innovative merchandising, community service and customer satisfaction.  The United Fresh Retail Produce Awards Program pays special recognition to produce managers on the front lines in... Read more →

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July 2016 Produce Challenge Calendar

A new month is here and that means a new #ProduceChallenge! Are you up to the challenge?  Who should take the #ProduceChallenge? People who want to eat more fruits and vegetables. People who are tired of eating the same few fruits and vegetables week after week. People who are looking for new and exciting way to cook & bake with fruits and vegetables. Parents who want strategies to get their children to eat more fruits and veggies. Parents who are looking for kid-friendly recipes. People who want to learn more about where their food comes from and how it’s grown. People who are interested... Read more →

Banana Splits with a Twist

Banana Splits with a Twist

  Banana splits are one of my FAVORITE desserts! Although the banana is my favorite ingredient, I love the versatility of the toppings – you can’t go wrong! There is a huge amount of creativity that goes into making a banana split masterpiece. Plus, banana splits are the ultimate summer treat whether you are by the pool or at a ball park! Surprise your friends & family this summer by taking a twist on the traditional banana split. Replace the ice cream with greek yogurt or the sprinkles with granola! Take advantage of the delicious recipes available & serve your banana split for breakfast, lunch... Read more →

6 Patriotic Produce Recipes from The Produce Mom

Patriotic Produce Recipes

Independence Day is right around the corner! Your Fourth of July festivities are sure to be filled with lots of red, white, and blue. To celebrate this special day in our country, I’d like to introduce you to some patriotic produce. Check out these patriotic produce recipes and try one to bring some more color to your Independence Day celebrations! Read more →