The Mama Jess Team is very excited to bring you a new monthly blog feature: Good Meals: Sharing Our Family Dinners. We are putting an emphasis on veggies (like always!) and eating together as a family. In this day and age it seems the family dinner time together is happening less and less. We are all so busy but I think it’s time to campaign to get back together once a week at least – let’s start there and build on it. We recently posted this to our Facebook:
We only have 940 Saturdays with our children from their birth till they are 18 (presumably leaving the nest). So do the math – if you brought your family together for a meal once a week that’s only 940 times. I want MORE! More time together! More family meals around our dining room table.
Our team recommitting to that family meal time and we hope to inspire you. To help we are launching this awesome monthly blog. It will be filled with tips, recipes, pictures of REAL families like yours and mine eating together. We are going to lead the way and show you a couple family meal nights but then we are going to open it up to readers and make it a ‘contest’. There are no winners or losers here –but we will feature your recipe (hopefully packed with veggies & Mama Jess Organic Pasta Sauce?!) in our blog that month. We will give you a gift pack including: gift card for groceries & some free sauce from Mama Jess. Details below.
To kick this off – our own Mama Jess contributor, Kelly Van Stone, is sharing a family meal she created.
We will start taking submissions January 1, 2014. Submissions must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject: GOOD MEALS/Last Name
They must include:
– photo of meal or entrée
– meal must include mama jess as an ingredient in the main dish, side dish or as a condiment/topping
– name and location of entrant
– permission to use all of the above in Mama Jess Blog
– $25 dollar Visa gift card
– 3 jars of mama jess organic pasta sauce
We will contact you to confirm you are the guest blogger in the Good Meals Blog. At that time we will interview you and then share the proposed blog piece for your approval. Prizes will be mailed when Blog runs. Please contact us at email@example.com with any questions.
We look forward to sharing some Good Meals with you and your family.
Eat your veggies,
Meet Kelly from Minnesota. She happens to be a Mama Jess Team member but she’s also a mom that shares our passion for family meal time.
Kelly sat down with us and gave us some of her inside tips on making mealtime a priority and healthy.
Vegetable Lasagna6 whole wheat lasagna noodles (I like to use Hodgson Mill whole grain pastas. There is only one ingredient….100% Durum Whole Wheat Flour which includes the wheat germ and bran fiber)1 zucchini and 1 yellow squash, quartered lengthwise and sliced2 cloves fresh garlic, minced1 medium chopped onion2 cups sliced baby bella mushrooms2 teaspoons olive oil1/4 cup fresh basil, snipped1/4 cup fresh italian parsley, snipped1 cup ricotta cheese3 tablespoons parmesan cheese1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper1 jar of Mama Jess Pasta Sauce (I used Bean Good but any kind will work)Cook the lasagna noodles according to the directions and drain. In a large skillet, saute the garlic, onion.and mushrooms in the olive oil over medium high heat about 5 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat and set aside. Mix the ricotta, snipped parsley, parmesean cheese and pepper in a small bowl.Assemble the layer in a deep baking dish, starting with a thin layer of sauce on the bottom and three lasagna noodles across. Spread the cheese mixture over the noodles and top with half of the sauted vegetables and half of the basil.. Follow that with the pasta sauce and half of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat the layer.Bake uncovered in a preheated 375 degree oven. Bake for approximately 45 minutes or until hot and bubbly and the cheese is slightly browned. Allow the lasagna to stand for 5-10 minutes prior to serving.Enjoy!