Brushing up on food safety is important as kids go back to school. If you pack lunch for your kids, or if you pack your own lunch, you need to take steps to keep germs out. Without proper food safety, you can get very sick. And no one wants to start the school year with a foodborne illness. With just a few precautions, you can keep packed lunches safe and healthy. Continue reading
Summer feels like it’s only just begun, but the beginning of August brings the Back to School season. Families are shopping for school supplies and trying to soak up the last bit of outdoor fun before the school bell rings. Since your family’s schedule is getting ready to change, now is a great time to add in some healthy practices to your school year routine. Here are a few ideas for helping your family eat smart and move more this school year. Be sure to check out today’s Facebook Live for more details and ideas. Continue reading
Not only is cooking with your child a great way to bond with them, it’s also a good way to broaden the types of foods they eat. Children are more likely to enjoy a food if they see how to cook it and help in the process. If you’re unsure about what to make for dinner, invite your kids to make one of their favorite take-out meals at home. Chinese-inspired meals are a great choice! Continue reading
Do you need ideas for making healthy meals for your family? Fruits and vegetables can easily be mixed into several different dishes to make them even tastier! MyPlate encourages you to make that half your plate fruits and vegetables. Get inspired with new ways to add fruits and veggies with tasty Nigerian dishes. Try out Nigerian cuisine with this simple and delicious Kidney Beans and Sweet Peppers recipe.
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 green peppers, sliced into strips
- 2 cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 low sodium chicken bouillon cube
- Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and garlic to pan and sauté for a few minutes until soft.
- Add peppers and stir. Saute for another 2 minutes.
- Add kidney beans and bouillon cube. Lower heat and stir until bouillon cube is dissolved and beans are heated through.
Here are a few ideas from Nigerian cooking you can use to make family meals more affordable and healthy, but just as delicious.
- Choose canned or frozen fruits and vegetables instead of the fresh options.
- Opt for the low or no sodium options if available. Low and no sodium options can usually be found at any grocery store in most vegetables and fruits.
- Buy dried spices instead of fresh spices to lower the cost while still keeping traditional Nigerian flavor. Use garlic powder, paprika, and red pepper flakes to add Nigerian flair to your meals.
- Mix vegetables into main dishes, soups, and stews for more nutrition.
- Make a large batch and eat leftovers to save time. Set aside time to cook over the weekend and have yummy dinners in a flash for your busy weeknights.
Using MyPlate and Nigerian-inspired dishes to build your weekly menu is an easy way to get your daily fruits and vegetables. For more Nigerian-inspired recipes, try Creamy Chicken Paprika Stew or Jollof Rice! Which dish are you and your family going to try first?
Mexico is known for its melting pot of influences to create distinct and tasty meals. Mexican staple foods include corn, wheat, and rice. Corn can be found either by itself or made into corn dough (masa) to make Mexican meals such as empanadas, tamales, and tortillas. Wheat is mainly used to make tortillas for tacos, enchiladas, and migas. Rice is a staple grain used as a side dish or as part of recipes like Arroz con Pollo. Continue reading