Power-Packed Lunchbox Ideas

It only takes a few minutes to embark on a creative approach to lunch…..

(Family Features) Packing and prepping wholesome lunches doesn’t have to be a chore. You can kick health into high gear this school year with new ideas to make creative, nutrient-rich meals.

Fit to satisfy various dietary restrictions, the Power Your Lunchbox program offers kid-friendly options and allergy-sensitive selections. The program, which is dedicated to helping families make healthier lunches during the school year, features more than 80 registered dietitian-approved, family-tested meal ideas with produce as a focal point.

Consider skipping the typical sandwich, chips and apple. Instead, it only takes a few minutes to embark on a creative approach to lunch. Get the kids involved by having them use small cookie cutters to make fresh fruits and vegetables into fun shapes. Try complementing the produce with wraps or soups to add extra excitement to typical lunchbox fare.

Regardless if your child is a picky eater or is on the more adventurous side, bento box lunches such as Chinese Mandarin Pasta Salad Bento Box and Turkey Taco Salad Bento Box can prove to be satisfying, power-packed meals.

For more lunchbox inspiration, visit poweryourlunchbox.com.

Chinese Mandarin Pasta Salad Bento Box

Prep time: 20 minutes
Servings: 1

  • 16 ounces rotini pasta
  • 6 mini sweet peppers, sliced
  • 3 mandarin oranges, peeled and segmented
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 2 cups baby spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1/2 cup sesame ginger dressing
  • 1/4 cup chow mein noodles
  • 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup steamed edamame
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cool water.
  2. In large bowl, mix pasta, peppers, oranges, green onions, spinach, carrots and dressing. Toss to coat well. Top with chow mein noodles.
  3. Place in lunchbox with kiwi and edamame.

Turkey Taco Salad Bento Box

Prep time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1

  • 1 cup chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1/4 cup cooked turkey meat, seasoned with taco seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons shredded cheese
  • 4 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons guacamole
  • 1 ounce tortilla chips
  1. Assemble taco salad with lettuce, taco meat, cheese and tomatoes.
  2. Place in lunchbox with guacamole and chips.


SOURCE:
Produce for Kids

Back-to-School Dinners

Simplify with Nutritious Meal Plans….

(Family Features) Back-to-school season can be cluttered between after-school activities, week­end sports and evening homework – as well as making dinner each night. Creating a master meal plan with quick, simple and nutritious meals is an easy way to take control of your family’s hectic schedule. Start by stocking the pantry with staple ingredients that amp up the nutrition and flavor of your family favorites.

For example, American Pecans are a nutri­tious ingredient to have on-hand – among the highest in “good” monounsaturated fats and packed with plant protein, fiber and essential minerals – and “The Original Supernut” is versatile enough for breakfast, lunchboxes, dinners and on-the-go snacking. Adding one bag to your weekly grocery list provides a canvas for exploring new dishes that are both nutritious and delicious.

In fact, according to the Food and Drug Administration, scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1 1/2 ounces per day of most nuts, such as pecans, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease. One serving (28 grams) of pecans contains 18 grams of unsaturated fat and only 2 grams of saturated fat.

Updating your dinner repertoire doesn’t have to be complicated. Fuss-free recipes such as Pizza with Pecan-Herb Topping, Baked Pecan-Crusted Chicken Tenders and Pecan-Crusted Air Fryer Pork Chops can be ready in less than an hour and put a fresh twist on classic favorites to please parents and kids alike.

Discover more back-to-school meal-plan­ning recipe inspiration and cooking tips at AmericanPecan.com.

Pecan-Crusted Air Fryer Pork Chops

Cook time: 22 minutes

  • 1          cup pecan pieces
  • 1/3       cup arrowroot starch
  • 2          teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1          teaspoon onion powder
  • 1          teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4       teaspoon sea salt, plus additional, to taste
  • 1          large egg
  • 1          teaspoon Dijon mustard, plus additional for serving
  • 1          tablespoon water
  • 2          garlic cloves, crushed
  • 6          medium boneless pork chops, trimmed of fat
  1. Heat air fryer to 400° F.
  2. In medium bowl, mix pecans, arrow­root starch, Italian seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon sea salt.
  3. In separate bowl, whisk egg, 1 tea­spoon Dijon mustard, water and garlic.
  4. Cover pork chops in egg mixture then transfer to bowl with pecan mixture to coat all sides. Repeat with remaining pork chops. Place three pork chops in air fryer basket.
  5. Cook pork chops 6 minutes, flip, then cook additional 6 minutes. Set aside on plate.
  6. Repeat with remaining pork chops.
  7. Serve hot with Dijon mustard, if desired.

Baked Pecan-Crusted Chicken Tenders

Cook time: 35 minutes

  • 2          cups raw pecan halves or pieces
  • 1          cup panko or gluten-free bread crumbs
  • 1          teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4       teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1          teaspoon salt, plus additional, to taste
  • 1 1/2-2 pounds chicken breast tenders or chicken strips
  • 3          large eggs
  • 1          cup all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour blend
  • pepper, to taste

Buttermilk Ranch Dip:

  • 1/4       cup buttermilk
  • 1/2       cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2       cup sour cream
  • 1          teaspoon parsley
  • 1          teaspoon onion powder
  • 1          teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1          teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  1. Heat oven to 425° F.
  2. In food processor, pulse pecans until fine as breadcrumbs. In shallow bowl, mix pecans with panko, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and 1 teaspoon salt.
  3. In separate shallow bowl, whisk eggs until smooth. In third shallow bowl, add flour.
  4. Lightly season chicken tenders with salt and pepper, to taste. Working with one chicken tender at a time, dip in eggs, flour then pecan mixture. Be sure to press pecan mixture into chicken to be sure it is completely coated. Set chicken on baking sheet lined with cooling rack or parchment paper. Repeat with remaining chicken.
  5. Place chicken on center rack and bake 20 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.
  6. To make Buttermilk Ranch Dip: In small bowl, whisk buttermilk, mayonnaise, sour cream, parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, dried dill and salt until smooth.
  7. Serve pecan-crusted chicken tenders warm paired with Buttermilk Ranch Dip.

Pizza with Pecan-Herb Topping

Cook time: 40 minutes

  • 1          store-bought pizza dough
  • 1          cup raw pecan halves or pieces
  • 1/2       cup fresh parsley
  • 1/2       teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/3       cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1          teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1          pinch salt
  • 1          pinch pepper
  • 1/2       cup jarred pizza sauce
  • 2          cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2       cup thinly sliced red pepper
  • 1/2       cup thinly sliced Vidalia onion
  1. Heat oven to 400° F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Lightly flour clean surface. Using rolling pin, roll out pizza dough to 1/8-inch thick and transfer to prepared baking sheet. Gently pierce dough with fork to prevent air pockets. Bake crust 10-15 minutes, or until lightly golden in color.
  3. In food processor, pulse pecans, parsley and garlic powder until mixture becomes coarse crumbs. Transfer to bowl and stir in Parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes (if desired), salt and pepper. Set aside.
  4. Using spoon, evenly spread pizza sauce over crust. Top with mozzarella cheese, red pepper slices and onion slices. Sprinkle 1/3 cup pecan mixture evenly over pizza.
  5. Transfer pizza to oven and bake 10-15 minutes, or until crust is crispy and cheese is melted. Serve with remaining pecan-herb mixture.

Notes: If dough instructions differ from recipe, use package instructions. Additional topping options include: pepperoni, olives, ham, bacon and roasted veggies. Leftover pecan-herb topping can be used for pasta and salads.

SOURCE:
American Pecan Council

A Classic Southern Dessert

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(Family Features) Delight the chocolate lovers in your family with this easy recipe for a Southern classic like Mississippi Mud Cake.

Find more sweet recipes at Culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Mississippi Mud Cake

  • 1          chocolate cake mix (15 1/4 ounces)
  • 1 1/4    cups water
  • 1/3       cup canola oil
  • 1/3       cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3          eggs
  • 1          cup semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 1          can (16 ounces) chocolate fudge frosting
  • 1          bag (16 ounces) miniature marshmallows
  • 1          cup chopped pecans
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Grease 13-by-9-by-2-inch baking pan.
  3. In large bowl, using electric mixer on low speed, combine cake mix, water, oil, peanut butter and eggs. Stir in chocolate pieces. Pour into prepared pan.
  4. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.
  5. Pour marshmallows over top of cake. Return to oven and bake 2-3 minutes, or until marshmallows are somewhat melted.
  6. In microwave-safe bowl, melt fudge frosting in microwave.
  7. Drizzle frosting over melted marshmallows.
  8. Sprinkle pecan pieces over frosting.
  9. Allow cake to cool completely before serving.

SOURCE:
Culinary.net

NBLS SCHOOL LUNCH PRICES

Prices are remaining the same as last school year

2019-2020 SCHOOL LUNCH PRICES
(Prices are remaining the same as last school year)
Milk – .50
K – 12 Student Lunch – $2.95
Adult Lunch – $3.45
Ala Cart/Main Item – $2.45

We will again be offering breakfast to our students. Breakfast is still $1.25 for the 2019-2020 school year.

BTS Newsletter on-line 2019

 

“Grill Bundle” Special – FREE Chicken!

All steaks cut fresh to order!

Senior Citizens Tuesdays
10% OFF ANY Purchase

 

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From the farms to the freezers –
We’ll cut whatever you want FRESH!!!
NOT Pre-Packaged!

 

ALL STEAKS CUT TO ORDER!!

SAVE $2.00 per pound!
NY Strip – $9.99#
Top Sirloin – $6.99#
8 oz. Rib Steaks – $6.00 each

 

Ground FRESH DAILY

85% LEAN Ground Beef
$4.79#

 

Grill Bundle
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3 to 1 Ground Beef Patties
Chicken Leg Quarters
Pork Chops
Brats
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N. Y. Strip Steak Bundle
(Baker’s Dozen – 13)
8 oz. NY Strips
just $69.00!!!

Pork Steak – $2.79#
Western Style Ribs – $3.39#
Pork Spare Ribs – $2.79#
Assorted Bone-In Pork Chops $2.89#

 

FREE CHICKEN
2 (two) LEG Qtrs.
with $25 purchase

 

Whole Chickens
$1.99#

Split Chickens
$2.09#

Boneless Chicken Breast
$2.89#

 

 

Tasty Taters
Potato Chips
$4.00 bag

 

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Hot Chili Dog Sauce
$4.50

 

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– $5.99#

 

Our Bun Length Brats
Regular – Cheddar – Pepper Jack – Bahama Mama
$1.50 each
(a meal in itself!)

 

Chicken Salad – $5.99
Sandwich Spread – $5.49


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VB UM Ice Cream Social

MMMMmmmmm… Ice Cream!


The VB UM Ice Cream Social is being held on Saturday, August 3, 2019 from 5-7 pm at the Van Buren United Methodist Church, 201 S. Main St, Van Buren, Oh.

There will be Shredded Chicken Sandwiches, Sloppy Joes, Hotdogs, Chicken & Noodles, Baked Beans, Fruit, Pies, Cakes and Brownies and don’t forget Ice Cream. 

Free-will donation.

TOMORROW: Hoytville UMC Plans Ice Cream Social

Everything is home made…..

Hoytville United Methodist Church will be having an Ice Cream Social on Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the HYCO building next to church. 

Everything is home made.  The menu items consist of Chicken, Barbecue Beef, Hot Dog sandwiches, Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Noodles, Pie, Cake, and beverage along with several flavors of ice cream “made from scratch – not a mix”. 




Carry out is available at the church.  Any questions, please call the church at 419-278-6624 and leave a message.  We will return the call as soon as possible or e-mail  hoytumc@gmail.com.
 

NB Christmas Light Fundraiser Project Friday 7/26

Go to Briar Hill > Grab a Hot Dog or Walking Taco for $1! All proceeds to NB Christmas Lights Project!

Please join us for our WFIN/WKXA Radio Community Day & NB Christmas lights fundraiser!

Friday, July 26 | 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Grab a Hot Dog or Walking Taco for $1!

All proceeds will go to NB Downtown Christmas Lights Project!

Creamy and Comforting

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Make your weeknight meals less stressful with a one-dish dinner solution like Pasta and Chicken in Garlic Cream Sauce. Requiring less than an hour of kitchen duty, it’s an ideal dish when a quick comfort food solution is just what you’re looking for.

As a dairy-fueled dinner, it’s a kid-friendly and nutritious option for the entire family to enjoy. Find more weeknight meal solutions at milkmeansmore.org.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Pasta and Chicken in Garlic Cream Sauce

Recipe courtesy of Milk Means More
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 4          slices bacon, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-wide pieces
  • 3/4       pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 10        ounces (about 4 cups) farfalle (bow tie) pasta
  • 2 1/2    cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 4          cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2       teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1          cup heavy cream
  • 1          cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3          cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1          cup halved cherry tomatoes, for garnish
  1. Place removable pan inside programmable pressure cooker. Using saute function, cook bacon, uncovered, until crisp. Use slotted spoon to remove bacon from pan. Drain bacon on paper towels. Leave 1 tablespoon drippings in pan; discard remaining.
  2. Add chicken to bacon drippings in pan in two batches. Using saute function, stir-fry chicken 2-3 minutes, or until cooked through. Use slotted spoon to remove chicken from pan. Repeat until all chicken is cooked. Press cancel.
  3. Stir pasta, broth, garlic, Italian seasoning and pepper into drippings in pan. Secure lid and set pressure release to sealing function. Select high pressure setting and cook 5 minutes. Press cancel.
  4. Allow pressure to release naturally 5 minutes. Move pressure release to venting function to release any remaining steam. Remove lid.
  5. Stir cream into pasta mixture. Using saute function, cook and stir, uncovered, until boiling. Boil, uncovered, about 4 minutes, or until sauce generously coats pasta, stirring frequently. Press cancel. Stir in chicken and Parmesan cheese.
  6. Place spinach and bacon in large bowl. Pour pasta mixture over top. Toss until combined. Ladle into serving bowls. Top each serving with tomatoes.

SOURCE:
United Dairy of Michigan

Dish Out a New Dessert

Watch this video: Grilled Banana Pound Cake Kabobs


(Family Features) Summertime means plenty of grilling, giving you an opportunity to try this Grilled Banana Pound Cake Kabobs dessert recipe alongside your favorite entrees.

Find more grilling recipes at Culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!


Grilled Banana Pound Cake Kabobs

  • 1          loaf (10 3/4 ounces) frozen pound cake, thawed and cubed
  • 2          large bananas, cut into 1-inch slices
  • metal or soaked wooden skewers
  • 1/4       cup butter, melted
  • 2          tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2       teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8       teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ice cream
  • desired toppings
  1. Heat grill to medium heat.
  2. Alternately thread cake and bananas on skewers.
  3. In small bowl, mix butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Brush mixture over kabobs.
  4. Place kabobs on greased rack and grill for up to 1 minute, turning once.
  5. Serve with ice cream and desired toppings.

SOURCE:
Culinary.net

5 Easy Summer Recipes for Kids to Enjoy

Save time by creating quick recipes made with nutritious, fresh milkĀ ….

(Family Features) Summer is busy, so a helping of no-cook options, especially those you can make in advance, are welcomed by many home chefs. When you shop online for groceries and include fresh, cold milk in your basket, you can make every second of summer count.

When you mix summer favorites with real dairy milk, you serve nutrients your kids need with the flavors they love. Try these five flavorful recipes that feature fresh milk so you can “breakfast and chill” with your kids this summer.

For more summer recipe inspiration, visit milklife.com. Next time you shop on Amazon Fresh or Instacart, be sure to add fresh, cold milk to your cart.

Creamy Green Goddess Smoothie Drink your vegetables with this take on your favorite salad that kids love, too. The goodness of this Green Goddess Smoothie starts with fresh milk mixed with avocado, spinach, banana and pineapple.

Acai Bowl You’ll say “ahh” to acai when you blend a batch of this antioxidant-rich Brazilian berry with ice-cold, fresh milk and top your bowl with coconut, granola and fresh fruit.

Creamy Vanilla Berry Ice Pops   These Creamy Vanilla Berry Ice Pops are perfect for breakfast or as a snack. This recipe includes farm-fresh milk and in-season berries, so this homemade option is a more nutritious option than store-bought ice pops. 

Berry Berry Smoothie There’s a reason not to mess with the classics – almost everyone loves them. For an easy and delicious summertime smoothie, simply mix ice-cold milk with fresh berries, honey and vanilla. This chilled combination can satisfy even the pickiest palates.

Super Food Smoothie Fresh ingredients, including cold milk, make this smoothie super tasty, super fast and super easy. Blend blueberries and bananas with your pantry staples, including honey and vanilla extract, for a tall, frosty glass of delicious.

SOURCE:
MilkPEP

Fast and Frozen Watermelon

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(Family Features) Not only can watermelon be sliced and diced, but it can be made into a sweet, frozen treat like this Watermelon Collagen Creamsicle. Creamy and rich with minimal clean up, it’s quick to make and can leave your taste buds tingling. Take it to go in a portable cup or enjoy it fresh at home.

Find more creative, on-the-go ideas at watermelon.org/WatermelonOnTheGo.

Watermelon Collagen Creamsicle

Servings: 1

  • 2 cups cubed watermelon
  • 2 rounded tablespoons collagen
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  1. In blender, combine watermelon, collagen and heavy cream; blend. Pour into glass to serve.

SOURCE:
National Watermelon Promotion Board