Cereal has always been a good choice for breakfast. But Meijer Dietitian/Healthy Living Advisor Janine Faber, MEd, RD, LD explains the nutritional values in cereal and the different ways it can be used for any meal including mini meatball sandies.
Cereal Nutrition and Tips
When having a bowl of cereal, apply MyPlate guidelines to your cereal bowl. Focus on whole grains, low-fat dairy and fruit. Select cereals that provide at least 3 grams of fiber per serving; skim or 1% milk (or milk alternative); different fruits.
Cereal can be used in many ways beyond the bowl including:
-Coating for meat, such as chicken breasts or pork chops
-In cobblers and parfaits
-In a snack mix
-Used as breadcrumbs - topping for casseroles or in meatloaf
Mini Meatball Sandies
1/4 cup finely crushed corn cereal (such as Meijer Corn Flakes)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon ketchup, plus more for serving
2 tablespoons grated Romano cheese
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 ounces 96-percent lean ground beef, such as Certified Angus Beef
Twelve 2 1/2-inch diameter sweet dinner rolls, halved, such as King's Hawaiian
1. Put an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, stir together the cereal, parsley, egg, oil, 1 tablespoon ketchup, cheese, salt, and pepper. Add the ground beef and gently stir to combine. With damp hands, roll the mixture into 12 mini meatballs. Arrange the meatballs on the prepared baking sheet and bake until cooked through, about 15 minutes Cool for 10 minutes.
3. Make an indentation in the center of the bottom half of a roll. Place a meatball in the indentation. Add about 1 teaspoon of ketchup to the meatballs and cover with the top half of the roll. Repeat with the remaining rolls and filling.
4. Arrange the sandies on a platter and serve. Serve with sliced apples, carrots & cucumber slices.
Source: Adapted Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis, Food Network.
Other Ideas Using Cereal:
Snack or On-The-Go Breakfast Idea: Cherry-Pistachio Crunch
Combine ½ cup dried cherries, 2 cups rice squares or wheat squares or Meijer Multigrain Toasted Oats, ½ cup roasted pistachios and 3 cups Meijer Bountiful Morning Granola with No Sugar Added. Source: Adapted from Easy Meals Healthy Families book on www.meijerhealthyliving.com
Dessert Idea: Mango-Blueberry Cup
Combine 1 large diced mango, 1 cup blueberries, 1 tablespoon lime juice and 1 tablespoon sugar. Divide into 4 glasses. Top each with ¼ cup lowfat vanilla yogurt and ¼ cup toasted coconut or Meijer Fiber Complete with Probiotics or Meijer Blueberry Muffin Squares. Source: Adapted from Easy Meals Healthy Families book on www.meijerhealthyliving.com .
To access the weekly menu, visit www.meijermealbox.com/healthy-living
CEREAL ON SALE!
There have been exciting changes in the Meijer cereal aisle. Meijer brand cereal has a fresh new look and the line is growing, the number of varieties will nearly double in the coming months.
Meijer will be running a 50 percent off sale on Meijer brand cereal this week, April 14-20. It will be a great chance to try some new flavors or stock up on your favorite Meijer cereals.
Meijer will also be hosting in-store cereal parties in all stores on April 20 (11 a.m.-4 p.m.). Shoppers will be able to sample the new flavors, make cereal crafts and pose for fun photos - a great event for kids.
Meijer Fiber Complete with Probiotics - A fiber-rich wheat and bran cereal with nine grams of dietary fiber. It includes probiotics to help maintain overall digestive health and pieces of real strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.
Meijer Multigrain Toasted Oats
Meijer Blueberry Muffin Squares - kids
Meijer Bountiful Morning Granola with No Sugar Added - granola with only 3g of sugar
Meijer Peanut Butter Fillz