Fruits and Vegetables on the menu

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Now is the perfect time to get the whole family eating a fruit and/or vegetable at every meal or snack to help provide important nutrition while keeping the overall meal colorful and delicious. Because fruits and vegetables are typically good choices in terms of calories and fat, it’s a great way to eat better with weight management in mind, too. Start with seasonal favorites and ask kids to help pick a new favorite at the grocery store – if they are involved in the process, it’s an easier time at the table to get them to try new things. Try this favorite filled with tomato and bell pepper tonight! Arroz con Pollo

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Amount: 8 servings

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
1 cup chopped Farm Stand® onions
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1 cup long grain white rice, uncooked
1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped
2 cups chicken broth

1. In large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add chicken, onions, peppers, garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper and turmeric. Sauté until chicken is browned (about 8-10 minutes).
2. Add rice and tomatoes; sauté 2 minutes. Add in broth; bring to a boil.
3. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.