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