Culinary Tips and Tricks to Make New Years Resolutions a Reality

With 2014 comes a new calendar, a fresh start and the opportunity to make positive changes – such as getting active or making family mealtime a priority. 45 percent of American adults make a New Year’s resolution – mostly relating to a healthier life style – however only eight percent of people are known to actually achieve their goal.+ The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA) and their panel of experts, including Alison of Ingredients, Inc., Estela of Weekly Bite and Angie of Eclectic Recipes, are here to help Americans maintain their resolutions, while still getting creative in the kitchen.
1. Daily Dose of Veggies:
According to the USDA, fruits and vegetables should make up half of your plate. Frozen fruits and vegetables make this rule easy to follow 
year-round, as they’re picked and frozen at their peak of ripeness, which maintains their nutritional value and taste just as great as fresh. For example, by purchasing one bag of mixed vegetables, you can add it to a variety of soups, casseroles, salads – such as Estela’s Caprese Corn Salad!
Or throw in a cup of frozen pineapple, cherries, coconut, Greek yogurt, almond milk, kale and one banana into a blender to make a simple, healthy smoothie, such as Alison’s Cherry, Coconut and Kale Smoothie.
2. Kid-Friendly Zone:

Get the kids involved with mealtime prep. Not only is the time together a benefit, but they’re also more likely to eat and engage in healthy meal routines if they are involved. For an easy recipe that allows kids to be your sous-chef, try Angie’s Pepperoni Pizza Twist – a tasty spin on a classic recipe!
3. Hero Kitchen Items:
To avoid calling in pizza or late night delivery, make sure the pantry, freezer and fridge are stocked with go-to ingredients – such as throwing together a frozen Healthy Choice Oven Roasted Chicken entrée with a side of Seasoned Green Giant Vegetables and Simply Potatoes, Red Potato Wedges to whip up a quick meal any night of the week. 
4. Twist on the Original:
Get more out of your staple ingredients by using them in new ways. Try using Greek yogurt in a soup recipe like this Chilled Avocado Soup with Cashew-Cilantro Spread, or refrigerated dough for Prosciutto and Egg Biscuit Cups. They taste delicious and leave everyone feeling satisfied.   
5. More Personal Time:
39 percent of Americans say they would prefer more “me-time” if they had 30 minutes back from mealtime prep.* Easily achieve this goal by purchasing perfectly-portioned meals and ingredients that are convenient and leave nothing to waste. For example, try Angie’s Asparagus and Broccoli Chicken Teriyaki recipe – it uses Tyson Grilled and Ready chicken breast strips and frozen vegetables, allowing you to save on mealtime prep and have more time to focus on you!