4 Essential Grilled Sandwich Recipes for Your New Mini Pan!

Whether you are cooking for one, or just need to save a little shelf space, we can’t help but love these mini pans from GreenPan! Not only are they super adorable, but they are SAFE non-stick pans that will get the job done.

GreenPan Toast Pan

If you are wondering just how useful these mini pans are, well, we’d never leave you hanging! From delicious grilled BLTs to veggie-loaded egg sandwiches, we think you can get pretty creative with your breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings.

Pizza Grilled Cheese
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Pizza Grilled Cheese: If you love pizza, you’ll love this fun spin on the classic grilled cheese sandwich! Ready in less than 5 minutes, its an easy option for those meals that are on the go. And just like a traditional pizza, you can top it with all sorts of great veggies! (via Mom to Mom Nutrition)

Strawberry & Arugula Grilled Cheese
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Strawberry and Arugula Grilled Cheese: Fruit on a sandwich? Yes, please! This creative rendition of a grilled cheese sandwich can not only help you better meet your fruit and veggie needs, BUT its flavor combo will definitely satisfy! (via My Bottomless Ex-Boyfriend)

Grilled Tuna & Smashed Pea Sandwich

Grilled Tuna and Smashed Pea Sandwich: Did you know that peas are nutritional powerhouses? They are loaded with powerful antioxidants. They are also considered an environment-friendly food! So start noshing and give this veggie another chance if its been one you haven’t given too much thought recently.

 

Grilled Ham Cheese with Tangy Mustard Dip
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Grilled Ham and Cheese with Tangy Honey Mustard Dip: And don’t be intimidated by its smaller size. It works just like a larger pan would, but might help you with portion control or make it easier to cook if you aren’t making a meal for an entire family or group of friends. We all have those sorts of meals. (via Back to the Book Nutrition)

Want to get your hands on one of our new mini pans? Get yours at thePlate Boutique for only $12.99!

Mini Toast Pan from thePlate Boutique

Nick Offerman’s Pizza Farm Video Will Make You Rethink Your Eating Habits

Do pizzas grow on trees? At Nick Offerman’s pizza farm, they sure do! You’ll also find sloppy joes, french fries, and taquitos!  Yes, these “high quality” foods are soaking in the goodness of nature… well, and some other stuff!

Nick Offerman Pizza Farm Screenshot

In this hilarious healthy eating spoof, you’ll hopefully have a good laugh while also realizing that perhaps our eating habits could be better.

Sponsored by the American Heart Association, this video is designed to promote awareness of a current petition the American Heart Association has put together in order to tell lawmakers that nutrition matters – especially in the lunch room. The petition can be viewed here.

Sneak Peek: Become a Family of Dinner Winners NEW Toolkit

Guess what!?! We’ve got something pretty special on its way! A brand new toolkit designed specifically for family meal times. In it you’ll find our top family friendly meal time tools, delicious family friendly recipe ideas, AND real life tips and tricks to help your family eat better than ever before.

Dinner Winner

What does it mean to be a family of dinner winners? It means discovering a way to eat well together. As a mom myself, I know its not always easy. In fact, my two boys, my husband, and I all have different needs and favorites. Although it would be nice if we all liked the same things, the reality is, we don’t. Luckily, the more we work together, the more we discover ways to enjoy meals as a family. By embracing our differences, encouraging one another, and rolling up our sleeves, we truly do become a family of dinner winners!

We want you to become a family of dinner winners too! So we’re going to give you a sneak peek of just one section of our new toolkit. To get the rest, you should subscribe to our weekly newsletter! We’ll be sending our subscribers their own copy of the toolkit this week!

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The One Thing You Need to Make Healthy Meals While Camping

Ahh, camping. A time to relax and spend time with friends and family. And, well, of course eating with those friends and family members is a fun part of camping too!

Sarah outdoors
Relaxing with family and friends outdoors this holiday weekend!

Cooking around a campfire is definitely part of what makes camping so awesome. A week of munching on brats, potato chips and burgers starts off great, but by the end of the trip, that menu can start to feel pretty mundane. Not to mention a diet consisting of burgers and dogs for a whole week can set the stage for weeks of nutrition reset when normal life returns. The good news is that upgrading your camp menu doesn’t have to be complicated to be tasty and healthy.

Foil Packet with Sweet Potato

You really just need one thing… foil!

Foil packet meals are one of the most popular campfire choices out there and among the easiest to revamp. The traditional bundle of ingredients typically involves ground sausage, potatoes, onions, butter, salt and pepper all wrapped up in foil. Seal the ingredients in individual packets using a sheet or two of heavy duty foil per packet and toss in the fire.  30 minutes and few flips later and dinner is served. While that sounds easy, you may be missing the mark from a nutritional standpoint. So let’s take a moment to upgrade this simple recipe into a nutrition powerhouse! We’ll add some color and do some switch outs to make your next foil packet meal simply amazing!

6 Awesome Tips to Improving the Nutrition of a Campfire Foil Packet:

-Out with pork sausage, insert black beans or ground turkey sprinkled with Worcestershire Sauce.

-Switch out a white potatoes for a sweet potatoes

– Grab a bottle of canola oil and drizzle this in the packet. Switching canola for butter adds some smart fat to the mix.

ADD: More chopped veggies- carrots, green peppers, and jalapenos all offer mega flavor.

ADD: Different spices- curry powder and Cajun mix match this foil combo well.

ADD: Top it off with a little bit of feta cheese for a sweet and savory combination.

Go ahead, we dare you to surprise the campers on your next trip with this meal. It’s a guaranteed healthy crowd pleaser!

Heading to the woods? We’d love to see what you fun creative meals you make!  Send us a message or post pictures below!

Never Miss a Trip to the Farmer’s Market Again with these Helpful Tips!

Most of us can probably agree that the Farmer’s Market is a wonderful place to go. Beautiful, fresh veggies, bright and fresh sunshine, community members mulling around – its a sensory experience that can really brighten your day.

Fruit at the Farmer's Market

But let’s be real. Getting to the Farmer’s Market isn’t always easy to do. In fact, I hear it all the time. Since the market is a seasonal occurance and often only happens once or twice a week in a community, its relatively easy to forget about market day or even struggle to fit a trip in.

But guess what? If you can begin to make time for a trip to your local farmer’s market today, it can easily become a mainstay in your routine. How you ask? Here are a few ways to help ensure you never miss a day at market again!

Figure out where your farmer’s market is located and what its hours are.

The first step in successfully visiting your Farmer’s market is making sure you know where and when to go. There are lots of ways to determine this. Many farmer’s markets have a Facebook page, but if you aren’t quite sure the name of your local market, see if you can find it on LocalHarvest.org

Set a reminder on your phone. 

Once you know where and when your farmer’s market is happening, set a reminder on your phone. Many farmer’s markets offer all sorts of events and programming throughout the season to really make it an all out food-related experience. Even if you don’t go every week, perhaps you want to try and plan your trips during the days of summer where there are special guests, chefs, or even outdoor yoga! By putting a reminder in your phone, you won’t have to remember all the nitty gritty details. Just set the reminder and let your phone prompt your memory.

Store your bags close to the door.

Keeping your reusable market bags near your door can also be a great, and subtle, mental cue to get up and go to the market. Organize them on your coat rack or store them in a clear bin. However they are arranged, just make sure they are clearly visible and easy to grab and go out the door with.

Make a grocery list – highlight the items you want to grab from the market. 

If you’ve been a member of our community for awhile, hopefully you are already in the habit of making a regular meal plan. If not, now is a great time to start! As you plan out your weekly meals and draft up your grocery list, highlight items that you could get at the Farmer’s market instead. This way you are intentionally carving out a purpose for your trip to the market. Odds are good that you’ll find some of the produce you need for your weekly meals at a better price. They will also probably add a whole lot of delicious, in-season flavor!

Invite a friend along.

Another sure fire way to make sure you carve out time for the market is to never go alone. Okay, you can go alone sometimes, but by inviting a friend to go with you, you’ll feel more accountable to go together. It also makes the trip even that much more fun! So invite a friend and make an experience out of your next trip to the market.

How do you make shopping at the Farmer’s Market a priority? 

Take our Instagram challenge! Visit your Farmer’s market this week, snap a photo on Instagram, and tag @theplateboutique! We’ll choose a winner to receive a $25 gift certificate to our store!

Instagram Challenge