Fresh & Fast Meal Ideas to Start 2017


2017 is here! For many of us, a brand new year means renewing our commitment to feeding ourselves and our family wholesome, nutritious food. We’re always in need of fresh and fast meal ideas, and these four recipes check all the boxes. Quick to make? Check! Veggie-packed? Check! Award-winning Wisconsin Cheese? Check!

brown rice


Warm and comforting, Parmesan Barley and Brown Rice is the perfect dinner for chilly January nights. Similar to risotto in texture, this homey dish is laced with shredded Wisconsin parmesan, which creates a nutty, creamy sauce. Italian chicken sausage adds protein, while a trio of colorful vegetables makes you feel good about feeding it to the family.


Switch up taco night with this Open-Faced Chicken Quesadilla Salad. It’s jam-packed with big flavor: chipotle-infused chicken, salty Wisconsin queso fresco cheese, buttery avocado and a zingy honey lime dressing. The best part is the cheesy Wisconsin Monterey Jack-topped “quesadillas” for garnish. Fresh, flavorful AND satisfying.

salmon wrap

Whether you’re in need of an easy weekday lunch or fast family dinner, Smoked Salmon Wraps with Whipped Ricotta are it. These veggie-heavy sandwiches are sophisticated in flavor yet only require 10 minutes to assemble. The star is the Whipped Ricotta. Made with Wisconsin whole milk ricotta, cream cheese, lemon, capers and herbs, it’s sure to become your new favorite condiment.

Pasta Salad

Everyone needs a good pasta salad in their recipe arsenal, and we love this Greek Turkey Feta Pasta Toss with Buttermilk Dressing. Kalamata olives, roasted peppers and salty Wisconsin feta add bold Greek-inspired flavor. Once the pasta is cooked, it takes an easy five minutes to throw together. Make a batch on Sunday, then enjoy leftovers for lunch or dinner all week long.