Monday, December 31, 2012

Del Monte : Adding the Garden Back Into Meals - #Recipe + #Giveaway

We love to eat fresh and here on the farm we can do that for a good chunk of the year. Now most of the crops are done for the season, but I still want to offer my family a healthy variety of fruits and vegetables to keep them healthy.

A great option is Del Monte canned vegetables and fruit. Living on a farm I have seen produce harvested for canning or freezing. It is picked at it's prime and processes so we can enjoy it all-year-round. Del Monte even cans the majority of their products on the same day to ensure nutrients and flavor are locked in. Of course I tend to run out of freezer space quickly, so during the Winter and as a pantry staple for last-minute meals I keep a variety of canned options on hand.

I was sent a variety of Del Monte fruit and veggies to help me "Add Some Garden" into my family's current meals. For this quick meal I chose to use the diced tomatoes and whole kernel corn. I love putting together easy burritos for my hungry crew. They are filling and easy to pack with lots of healthy options.

Easy Bean & Veggie Burritos

You Will Need:

  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c. chicken stock
  • 1 can Del Monte Diced Tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can Del Monte Whole Kernel Corn, drained
  • tortillas
  • Monterrey Jack Cheese, grated
  • Avocado, sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Sour Cream *optional

Place a little olive oil in a frying pan and heat to medium. Add the black beans, garlic and chicken stock. Bring it up to a simmer and then lightly mash the beans.

I like to leave some whole, but create a nice thick base. The chicken stock will be absorbed and the beans will be fragrant and tender.

Turn the heat down to low and stir in the drained tomatoes and corn. This is the time to salt and pepper to taste. There are many options for making this your own... try taco seasoning or cumin. Add in some hot peppers or mild green chilis. I also like to keep it plain. The chicken stock imparts a nice simple flavor without added fat. Heat the vegetables through.

Prepare your tortillas with a little (or a lot!) of shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese on the bottom. Then spoon over some of the filling. I am a chronic over-stuffer! Fold up from the bottom and then sides.

Garnish with sliced avocado and sour cream. This meal really couldn't be simpler.

Ready to dig in?

For my kids I filled Del Monte pear halves with a little yogurt and diced up Del Monte peach slices. Simple really can be fresh and delicious.

Enter the Del Monte "Add Some Garden" Facebook Contest

Enter to win a wide variety of prizes including; kitchen appliances, Williams Sonoma Gift Cards and a Grand Prize culinary adventure valued at $10,000!

From now till February 4th, submit your best tips on how to add the featured Del Monte product to your family's favorite meals. The next round is gearing up to start January 7th with peaches.

Visit the Del Monte Facebook page for more information and official rules. Best of luck!


Giveaway Time!!

Would you like to win the same Del Monte product package I enjoyed? Once lucky reader will win a prize package including: 
  • Five (5) Del Monte canned varieties- Green Beans (1), Corn (1), Diced Tomatoes (1), Peaches (1), and Pears (1)
  • $25 Visa gift card

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*Disclaimer - The The Del Monte product, information, and two gift packs have been provided by Del Monte. All opinions and experiences are my own.
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