Need a little help coming up with healthier Pinoy meals to serve the family? The Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology is here to help you out. You will find its Menu Guide Calendar useful (check also its Facebook page). Here's a peek of FNRI-developed family recipes:
1. Seafood in Brown Rice
Children 2 years old and above need one to two servings of fish a week with portion sizes roughly the size of your child's palm, as per recommendation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This recipe includes a good variety of seafood -- shrimp, tahong and halaan -- and vegetables like carrots and spinach.
2. Savory Pork N Beans
Our country is lucky we have easy access to beans throughout the year, but we don't eat enough of it. "Legumes are a great substitute to animal meat, having high protein and dietary contents," said the FNRI. It meets the nutritional needs of rapidly growing teens, the agency adds.
"Healthy brown rice recipes are easier to prepare than you think," said the FNRI. Kids love finger-food, and this one makes a delicious and nutritious merienda to prepare on the weekend. You'll find all three food groups served in kid-friendly, colorful egg-halves. Perfect!
4. Power Puff
These puffs are stuffed with chopped patani, mashed potato, luncheon meat and cheese. Great as ulam or merienda, they're crunchy on the outside and savory on the inside. Plus, we bet the kids won't be able to tell there's veggies in it.
We're all familiar with chopsuey, but this one is developed particularly for pregnant and lactating women. But the recipe is great for the whole family and is designed to be nutritious, affordable and easy to prepare.
6. Sinigang na Manok
This dish may seem odd, but don't knock it 'til you try it! This sinigang recipe gets healthy with ingredients like kidney beans and chicken breast. It's a simple one-pot soup dish, but allot ample time before dinner as the beans take a while to soften.
7. Burger Queen
Prepare a healthier burger with a patty that's a little unconventional but will still be a hit why the kids. How? Well, because it's a burger! This one has chicken, red munggo, squash and carrots. Don't forget the cheese singles!