Families that take the free Power Your Lunchbox Pledge can access nutritious and delicious ideas for lunch, after-school snacks and weekday family dinners, as well as coupons, tips and ideas for incorporating more fruits and vegetables into lunchboxes. The pledge website also features a collection of registered dietitian-approved recipes, including warm, hearty and healthy lunches like this Alphabet Vegetable Soup and kid-friendly, build-your-own lunchbox ideas like these tasty Wonton Taco Cups.
For teachers who want to incorporate the program into their classrooms, pledge resources such as nutrition-focused lesson plans, certificates for students and take-home materials for families are also available online. Teachers who take the pledge can win a $500 gift card for classroom supplies.
Taking the pledge not only signals a commitment to making healthier meal choices, it helps those in need. From Jan. 4 through Feb. 15, for every online pledge, companies supporting the Power Your Lunchbox Pledge will donate $1 to Feeding America programs that support families and children. For more information, visit poweryourlunchbox.com.
Alphabet Vegetable SoupRecipe courtesy of Produce for Kids
Total time: 45 minutes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 carrots, diced
- 2 cups organic baby kale
- 8 ounces snipped green beans, chopped
- 1 russet potato, peeled and diced
- 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
- 2 quarts low-sodium vegetable broth
- 1 can (14 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 cup alphabet pasta
- In large pot over medium heat, heat oil.
- Add carrots, kale, green beans, potato and onion. Cook 5 minutes, or until softened.
- Add broth, tomatoes, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Bring to boil, reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, 20 minutes.
- Stir in pasta and cook 10 minutes, or until cooked.
Wonton Taco CupsRecipe courtesy of Produce for Kids
Total time: 25 minutes
- 3/4 pound lean ground beef
- 1 tablespoon low-sodium taco seasoning
- 1 Roma tomato
- 2 mini sweet peppers
- 1/4 small sweet onion
- 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
- 24 wonton wrappers
- 1/2 cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
- 2 avocados, sliced
- 1 lime, juiced
- Heat oven to 350° F. Spray 24-cup mini muffin pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
- Heat large, nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef and cook 5-7 minutes, or until cooked through. Drain and return to pan. Add taco seasoning and mix well.
- Add tomato, peppers, onion and cilantro to food processor and chop until fine (or finely chop by hand). Add to ground beef and mix well.
- Line muffin pans with wonton wrappers, placing one in each cup. Add taco mixture and top with cheese. Bake 12-15 minutes, or until wontons start to brown on edges.
- Meanwhile, toss avocados with lime juice. Top each taco cup with avocado.