This blog post was sponsored by Maple Leaf Foods but the opinions are completely my own based on my experience.
Have you had a chance to “Feed it Forward“?
Being a parent is hard work! From chores to bills to meeting your children’s needs, it is a non stop battle from sun up to sun down. Throw in a brand new baby and its chaos! I remember my first week home, alone!, with three children. I was very overwhelmed. I had this newborn wanted to be feed every two hours, I had two older children that didn’t understand why Mommy wasn’t at their every beck and call and a c-section incision that limited my ability to move around. By the time that 5 pm rolled around, I was ready for bed, never mind coming up with enough energy to cook a delicious, health meal for my family. Some days, I would manage to get by and others, my DD would be screaming in my arms, my sons would be whining that they are hungry, tears would be rolling down my face, and daddy wasn’t due home for another 4 hours. Looking back now, I’m proud that I managed to raise three health children, while still maintaining my sanity. One thing I vowed was whenever a friend of mine had a new baby (whether it was their first or third) I would cook freezer meals for those nights that their ears are ringing and cheeks are tear stained!
One of my good friends just gave birth to a beautiful baby boy! Although the delivery didn’t go as planned and the end result was three kids and c-section, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to Feed it Forward. Knowing that her boys love pasta, like mine, I whipped up this little recipe while she was in the hospital and surprised her when she got home!
New Mom Freezer Chicken MAC and Cheese
6 Tbsp of butter
1 pkg of Noodles ( If cooking with GF noodles, leave them a bit hard because they tend to fall apart)
1/4 cup flour
5 cups milk
4 cups marble cheese
4 cups Parmesan cheese
8 butter flavour crackers
2 tbsp parsley
2 tbsp garlic
salt and pepper to taste
- Cook pasta according to directions, leaving them a little bit hard.
- Make Rue. Add butter to pot and melt. Stir in flour and mix for 2 minutes. Stir in milk, add spices and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add cheese.
- Pour noodles into a pan. (I used disposable tin pans, then you don’t have to worry about getting it back) and top with sauce. Stir well. Top with crumbled crackers and extra parsley.
- Cover with saran wrap and tin foil
- Include cooking instructions: Thaw in fridge overnight. Preheat oven to 350 F and cook for 20-25 minutes with tin foil on. Remove tin foil and cook for another 5 minutes.
It’s Your Chance to Feed It Forward
Did you know that 1 in 8 families and 1 in 6 children face hunger on a regular basis? Maple Leaf believes that food is a powerful means to build a community and that it not only nourishes the body, but the heart and soul as well. They created the “Feed it Forward” connect to give Canadians a chance to “Feed it Forward” and give back to the organizations and volunteers that have made a deep impact on their lives through food support and skill building. Whether its nourishing school children, delivering nutrition education for people who need support, or use food as a way to bring people together and teach valuable life skills. If you have a heart-warming stories about a volunteer or person who has gone above-and-beyond to make people’s live better with good food, have them recognize in the Maple Leaf Feed it Forward contest!
- Visit HERE to nominate someone in your community who is using food to make a positive difference in people’s lives. They could receive a $10,000 donation towards their organization and enjoy free Maple Leaf groceries for a year. And just by nominating them you could have the opportunity to receive free Maple Leaf groceries for a year.
- The nominee must volunteer with or work for a registered not-for-profit organization or community group (kids camp, community drop-in centre, school nutrition program, etc.) that uses food as a key component of supporting their program goals.
- The organization or community group must rely on donations for the majority of their operating costs. They cannot be registered businesses or for-profit companies.
- The organization must have a clearly defined strategy, vision or program for how it uses food to improve people’s lives through, but not limited to, nourishment and skill building (nutrition education, meals and food hamper delivery, cooking and food preparation skills, etc.)
- The nominee must have a deep commitment to the organization based on either their years of service, contributions to advancing the organization’s food program or service delivery, commitment to go-above-and beyond to their defined roles and responsibilities.
To participate in my community, I donated $100 to our local Church’s Easter Food Drive. It sponsors families in our community who don’t have enough food to eat on a daily basis. Hopefully this donation will help struggling new moms give their children the food they need to grow and thrive!
Let’s Feed it Forward to thank and recognize the people in our communities who have made a positive difference by feeding the potential of others.