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?