These family meal recipes provide flavor and nutrients | Gwinnett Daily Post Food and Recipes

(Family Features) When kids and parents return to busy schedules of sports, homework, and midweek activities, it can be difficult to come up with a nutritious and simple meal plan. Putting together a menu that drives active minds without spending hours in the kitchen is a common goal for many families.

These recipes require minimal preparation and require available ingredients like dairy products, which provide nutrients that people of all ages need to grow and maintain strong bodies and minds.

Whether you enjoy them together in the morning before the start of the day or mix them with breakfast for dinner, this sustainable frittata is called “sustainable” because you can use leftovers from cheese, vegetables, ham, sausage and more to make up existing ingredients to recycle on hand. For customizable kids’ treat, turn to Chopped Chicken Taco Salad and garnish with your family’s favorite toppings.

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Chopped Chicken Taco Salad

Recipe courtesy of Megan Gundy of What Megan’s Making on behalf of Milk Means More

  • 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk, plus additional (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lime juice, plus additional (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons of chopped coriander
  • 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning
  • 2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 lettuce, chopped
  • 1 avocado, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup of corn
  • 1 pint of grape or cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup of grated cheese (Monterey Jack or Mexican)
  • Tortilla strips or crushed tortilla chips for brushing

Prepare the dressing: Mix the yogurt, buttermilk, lime juice, coriander and taco seasoning in a small bowl until everything is well mixed. Season and adjust the lime juice and coriander as needed. If the dressing is too thick, add 1 teaspoon of buttermilk at a time until the consistency you want is reached. Chill until ready to serve.

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Prepare the salad: Season the chicken on both sides with taco seasoning. Heat a large pan over medium heat and add olive oil. Place the chicken in the pan and fry on both sides until the outside is golden brown and the chicken is cooked through. Put on a cutting board and cut into strips.

Pile the chopped lettuce on a large platter. Sprinkle chicken on top. Add the avocado, beans, corn, tomatoes, and grated cheese. Drizzle the dressing over it and sprinkle with tortilla strips or crushed tortilla chips.

Recipe courtesy of Jenn Fillenworth of Jenny With the Good Eats on behalf of Milk Means More

  • 12 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup whole milk, half and half or heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups of grated cheese, each variety
  • 3 cups of various cooked vegetables and pre-cooked meat
  • fresh herbs, for garnish (optional)

Preheat the cast iron pan or ovenproof pan over medium heat.

In a large bowl, mix the eggs, milk and salt, then add grated cheese.

Add cooked vegetables and meat to the pan to warm up. Once the vegetables are soft, add the egg mixture to the pan and stir. Let rest for 1 minute over medium heat.

Gently slide into the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes. Frittata is ready when the eggs have set. Take out of the oven and top with fresh herbs.

Source: United Dairy Industry of Michigan

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