The Cold Aisles Never Bothered Us Anyway

This mama wants to thank Winn-Dixie for these easy mealtime hacks and recipes!

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Motherhood opens a whole new horizon of challenges when it comes to mealtime. We can all remember the quiet moments of preparing meals prior to little ones running around the kitchen. But one does not simply prepare a meal when she enters motherhood. Moments in the kitchen mean multitasking, running to grab items your toddler has taken from out of the the kitchen cabinets, cleaning the never-ending crumbs from the snacks you give the kiddos to keep them occupied before you finish cooking, and the occasional crisp smell of something you left on the stove for too long. We can all agree that whether you are working in or out of the home, a mealtime mom hack is certainly a saving grace on most days. 

Winn-Dixie has recently added hundreds of nutritional items to their frozen food department. Frozen options not only save the busy mom time in the kitchen, they are more budget friendly, and many frozen fruits and veggies provide more of vitamins A, C, B, and folate than their fresh counterparts! So as Elsa sings in the mommy-edited version of Frozen, we need to let the mom guilt go, because the cold aisles never bothered us anyway! From frozen fruits, dairy, vegetables, grains, proteins, and quick meal solutions, Winn-Dixie has the necessities to make mealtime more efficient, enjoyable, and healthy for a mother and her littles. 

Some of our favorite go-to frozen selections include SE Grocers BlueberriesSE Grocers Frozen Chicken Breast and SE Grocers Frozen California Blend Frozen Vegetables, as well as some recipes we love:

Blueberry Avocado Smoothie 

Serves: 2-4

Prep Time: 10 min.

Ingredients:

  • 10 oz. SE Grocers Frozen Blueberries
  • 1 avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1/2 cup almond or soy milk
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish (optional)

Directions:

Combine blueberries, avocado, milk and ice in a blender.
Blend on high for 30 seconds, and pour smoothie into desired glass.
Garnish as desired.

Garden Vegetable Rotini with Chicken

Serves: 4-6

Prep Time: 30 min.

Ingredients:

  • 1 16-oz. box SE Grocers Rotini Pasta
  • 8 oz. SE Grocers Frozen Chicken Breast, thawed and diced
  • 3 tbsp. salt-free whole butter
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 bag SE Grocers Frozen California Blend Frozen Vegetables
  • ¼ cup low-sodium parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. parsley, chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

Heat 4 quarts of water in a medium sauce pan over high heat until boiling. Cook rotini pasta in water until desired doneness. Drain well.
Using a skillet, heat olive oil on medium high heat. Add chicken and sauté until it’s cooked through. Add all of the vegetables and cook for about 5 minutes until vegetables caramelize.
Add pasta and butter to the pan and reduce to low heat. Toss pasta with the butter, Parmesan cheese and vegetables.
Season with salt and pepper, top with chopped parsley.

Bon appétit!

Kelsey Cassman
Kelsey is a Jacksonville, Florida, native, enjoying life with her wonderful husband, Matthew, and their adorable children, Noah, Sophia, and soon to be arriving, baby Lincoln. She is a nutritionist that completed her B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of North Florida. Prior to becoming a stay-home-mama, she worked as a community outreach coordinator, where she taught people about the benefits of holistic health. With all of the responsibilities that come with being a stay-home-mother, cooking with her children has become one of her favorites! Kelsey enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family, playing volleyball on the beach, browsing Pinterest, online shopping, and having date nights at local restaurants. She is notorious for snapping pictures of any dish that looks delicious, and she shares her food photography, fun recipes and mom life posts on her blog, KelseyCassman.com.

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