Farm, Fresh, Family - Cooking Soup with Kids!

The American Heart Association recommends a child should eat at least 1 fruit or vegetable each meal. Sometimes the best trick to ensure that your kids are eating enough vegetables is to pack the veggies in a bowl of delicious soup! The soup, combined with fun pasta noodles and a side of buttered toast for dipping makes it enjoyable, while packing in health benefits and delicious flavors. 

The Classic - Tomato Basil soup and grilled cheese!

Kids love tomato soup and grilled cheese, and if you make it at home (with the help of the kids!) then you can really make it healthy. We've cooked up a recipe using our Tomato Basil sauce adding carrots for sweetness and a little whipping cream to make it thick and creamy. This recipe is so easy and you know the kids will love it! Enjoy!

 Ingredients:

  • 1 Jar Monte Bene Tomato Basil pasta sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 tbsp. dried basil, crushed
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation: 

  1. Heat the saucepan over medium-high heat and saute the basil in butter.  Add carrots and onion and cook until beginning to soften, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add entire jar of Monte Bene pasta sauce along with water and heat on high about 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in heavy cream. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 
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Farm, Fresh, Family - Healthy Snacks 30 Day Challenge

2017 is here and you know what that means –

New Year’s Resolutions!

Healthy SnacksOne of the top resolutions year in and year out is to get healthy, whether that’s exercising, dieting, detoxing, etc. If healthy eating is on your list this year, we’re here to give you a little boost!

Over the next 30 days, we’re challenging you to start eating clean, starting with those snacks throughout the day. We’ve compiled a few tips to help you get started, and to keep you and your family going strong throughout the rest of the year.

Healthy Eating Tips

 

 

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Farm, Fresh, Family - 2016 Winners and Future Contests

In 2016 we gave away some awesome prizes to our followers on Facebook and Instagram and we can’t wait to host more giveaways in 2017! Congratulations to Susan for winning our Pie Pan Giveaway, @Phamfatalecom for winning our Panini Press Giveaway, and @Byrd7442 for winning our Pizza Party Pasta Sauce Giveaway!

Want to join in on the fun? Mark your calendars for our upcoming contests and giveaways, and the chance to win more awesome prizes!

- February 13th is National Italian Food Day and we're celebrating in true Italian style with a feast! We’re going to make our favorite Italian dish(es) to celebrate and we want you to join us and let us know your favorite Italian dishes! Or better yet, post your own pick and tag us with #MBItalianFoodParty.

- April 1st is April Fools' Day and we want to celebrate by getting a little more creative in the kitchen! Join us for a Creative Sauce Contest and let us know the most creative dish you've made with one of our pasta sauces. Or if you're feeling extra adventurous, cook alongside us, post a pic, and tag us in it!
 
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Farm, Fresh, Family - Easy Italian Christmas Dessert!

Easy Tiramisu 

Here's a favorite Italian dessert that the kids can help make and enjoy!

Ingredients:

Serves 4 to 6

  • 8 oz. Mascarpone cheese
  • 8 oz. heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 12 ladyfingers
  • 1/2-1 cup espresso
  • 2 tbsp. amaretto liquor
  • 3 tsp. baking cocoa

Preparation:

Beat Mascarpone cheese and powdered sugar together until well blended. Add whipping cream and beat until stiff peaks form. Add liquor and mix gently until fully combined. Pour the espresso into a small bowl and dip each side of the ladyfinger into the espresso for a few seconds (dip for a longer time for softer cookies). Create one layer of lady fingers in an 8X8X2 baking dish. Top with a  layer of cream. Create another layer of espresso-dipped lady fingers and finish with another layer of cream. Sprinkle with baking cocoa. Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours or until filling is set. Serve with fresh raspberries or blue berries and an after dinner drink.

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Farm, Fresh, Family - Rather than a Black Friday, Have a Family Friday

 

Did you know that REI, an American retail and outdoor recreation services corporation, is closing its doors on Black Friday in order to Opt Outside? We are inspired and encourage everyone to do the same! 

Rather than wait in lines and shop for hours, we recommend spending  time with family, whether it be enjoying the fall weather, having good conversation, or sharing a delicious meal! 

Happy #FamilyFriday, everyone!

Here are a few suggestions - 

1. Find a local hiking spot and spend a few hours outdoors. 

2. Enjoy the Thanksgiving leftovers while playing a game! Our favorite? Charades!

3. Watch a Christmas movie with the family! (No, it's not too early!)

Whatever you decide to do... enjoy it!

Sincerely,

The Monte Bene Team 

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Farm, Fresh, Family - Join Our Thanksgiving Giveaway!

Nothing brings family and friends together like the smell of a pie in the oven! And the varieties are practically endless--from apple pies to meat pies... pie is always a priority on Thanksgiving! We want to hear from you: what is your favorite type of pie?

Follow us on Instagram @MonteBene or like us on Facebook and comment with your favorite type of pie for a chance to win a brand new Pyrex pie pan just in time for your Thanksgiving festivities! Head on over to Instagram or Facebook, comment on the picture, and let the pie loving begin.  

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