Make It A Theme Night!!

Can’t get your children to enjoy family meals? Try making meal time exciting by incorporating a “Theme Night” every Friday…….or whatever night works best for your family!!

Develop a schedule of the different themes you and your family will enjoy, don’t forget to get input from the kiddies…..they will love this!!

Some themes that you could include are:

Italian, Mexican, American, Indian, Chinese, Newfoundland, Hawaiian and Canadian. 


Below is a sample Mexican recipe that the whole family will love:


  • 16 oz skinless chicken breast, fat trimmed
  • cumin, oregano, garlic powder, salt and fresh pepper
  • cooking spray
  • 1 onion, cut into strips
  • 1 bell pepper (red or green) cut into strips
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1-1/3 cup of low-fat (less than %20 MF) shredded cheese
  • 1 cup salsa (low-sodium)
  • 8 whole wheat flour tortillas


  • Cut chicken breast into strips and season with salt, pepper, cumin, oregano and garlic powder.
  • Lightly spray a skillet on medium heat with oil and cook chicken.
  • Remove from heat and set aside.
  • To the skillet, add 1 tbsp oil and cook onions and peppers, season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook about 2 minutes, add garlic and continue cooking until vegetables are soft being careful not to burn the garlic. When cooked, set aside.
  • Heat skillet on medium heat and lightly spray with oil. Add tortilla, top with cheese, chicken, onions, peppers, and  salsa. Top with the other tortilla.
  • Cheese should be melted and the bottom of the tortilla should be golden brown.
  • Put a plate on top of the quesadilla to flip it over onto the plate. Then slide the other side onto the skillet. Cook another minute and remove with a spatula.
  • Cut into wedges and serve with sour cream if you wish, and add a salad or Mexican rice (whole wheat).

Janel Genge is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador

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