Do you remember when you were growing up they had the Food Pyramid that told you how many servings of fruits and vegetables you were supposed to eat every day? Well, the guidelines have changed a little bit over the years but one thing has always stayed the same: Eat LOTS of fruits and veggies! That is not always easy to do when you are a busy mom. I am lucky my kids are not picky eaters because I have seen some kids who won’t eat a vegetable at all! I try and get creative when it comes to my family’s meals so that we are not left eating a straight pile of vegetables every night at dinner. While there is certainly nothing wrong with straight veggies, I find that adding them into breads, soups, casseroles and rice dishes makes it a lot easier to get those 5 servings a day! Well, Del Monte has a huge variety of canned fruits and veggies so you can add a little bit of garden into your diet even during the cold winter months!
Del Monte canned fruits, vegetables, and tomatoes contain the same essential nutrients as fresh varieties. They are grown in the best growing regions of the United States, providing consumers with a consistently quality product. The majority of Del Monte products are picked at the peak of ripeness and canned on the same day, to ensure nutrients and flavor are locked in. Del Monte makes it easy to get the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables even when there is snow on the ground and nothing but weeds in the garden! One of our favorite meals when the weather is cold is a nice, warm bowl of soup. Check out the creation I made with Del Monte’s canned corn and diced tomatoes:
Mexican Chicken and Corn Soup
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
- ½ large onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cups chicken stock
- ¾ teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 cup half-and-half or whole milk (half and half with make it thicker and creamier)
- 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (divided)
- 1 (14.75 ounce) can corn
- 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles or 1 fresh diced jalapeno pepper
- 1 can chopped tomatoes
- fresh cilantro sprigs, for garnish (optional)
- In a large pot, brown the chicken, onion, and garlic in the olive oil until chicken is no longer pink.
- Add the 2 cups of chicken stock and season with cumin. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low.
- Cover and simmer for 5 minutes
- Stir in cream, 1 ½ cups cheese, corn, and chilies (or jalapenos).
- Cook, stirring frequently, until the cheese is melted.
- Stir in chopped tomato and garnish with cilantro and additional shredded cheddar cheese
Enter the Del Monte Add Some Garden Facebook Contest!
Visit the Del Monte Facebook page from November 5th through February 4th to enter the Del Monte “Add Some Garden” contest for the chance to win one of the many prizes available, including kitchen appliances, and $25 or $500 gift cards to Williams Sonoma. There will be five phases during the contest in which Del Monte will feature a different canned variety every two weeks
- Green beans (November 5- November 18)
- Corn (November 19- December 2)
- Tomatoes (December 3- December 16)
- Peaches (January 7- January 20)
- Pears (January 21- February 3)
Fans will have five days during each phase to submit their best tips, and consumers will be able to vote for their favorite tip during the second week of each phase. The five winning tips for each phase will then go head-to-head for a chance to win a Grand Prize culinary travel adventure, valued at $10,000, which will be announced February 15th
Enter to Win Del Monte Canned Fruits and Veggies and a $25 Visa Gift Card!
Del Monte would like to provide one of my readers with a prize package containing an assortment of their canned fruits and vegetables along with a $25 Visa Gift Card. This is a Rafflecopter giveaway so follow the directions in the form below to enter.
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