These days finding time to have meals as a family seems more difficult than ever. We are all so busy!
Growing up in the 70’s, the family dinner was non-negotiable. These days, most kids I know are so loaded with extracurricular activities that eating in shifts has become commonplace.
The truth is that family meals are critical to our nation.
Studies show that family meals play a key role in both the health and emotional wellness of our children, making our families stronger. I don’t know about you, but I feel that strong families are something that everyone could focus on a little more. Research also indicates that children and adolescents who share family meals three or more times per week are more likely to be in the normal weight range and have healthier eating patterns than those who do not share three family meals a week. (Source: Hammons, A. and Fiese, B (2011) Is frequency of shared meals related to the nutritional health of children and adolescents? Pediatrics 127(6).
It really isn’t surprising that family meals play such a key role in preventing childhood obesity when you consider that the alternative is often a burger and fries.
Did you know that September is the National Family Meals month brought to us by the FMI Family Meals program? There has never been a better time to make a commitment to family meals. Though I am in the kitchen more than the average person, I am not immune to getting too busy for family meals. When time is tight and I haven’t made plans, I often rely on kitchen staples to make dinner prep quick.
Apparently I’m not alone. Shopper studies show that 63% of Americans decide what to eat less than an hour before eating. (Source: The Hartman Group: Eating Occasions Compass 2013.) (Somehow this makes me feel less disorganized.)
One of my favorite staples is the House of Tsang. They make Asian foods easy and delicious. I love knowing I can help expand my kids palates without spending all afternoon in the kitchen. I love the Hot Chili Sesame Oil, which allows me to infuse big flavor into my Asian dishes without having to break out my entire spice rack. Perfect for those family meals when time is short and we might otherwise skip dinner as a family! Speaking of time being tight, this dish moves really quickly once you get started. I’d recommend making sure you have everything chopped before you start cooking. Visit Hormel Foods for more Easy Recipe Ideas, savings and to sign up for their newsletter.
Bacon Fried Quinoa
- 2 tablespoons House of Tsang Hot Chili Sesame Oil divided
- 4 slices turkey bacon sliced thin
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 tablespoon coconut aminos or gluten free tamari divided
- 6 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup grape tomatoes halved
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 red pepper diced
- 1 cup baby peas
- 1 bunch scallions sliced thin
- 3 cups cooked quinoa
- Heat a large skillet to medium high. Add 1 tablespoon sesame oil and bacon and cook for 4 minutes or until crispy. Drizzle with syrup and 1 teaspoon coconut aminos and cook for one minute longer. Transfer to a bowl with a slotted spoon.
- Spray skillet with oil if needed and reduce heat to medium. (You should only need additional oil if you are using turkey bacon.) Whisk eggs and salt together. Add to skillet and cook, gently lifting sides to allow uncooked egg to run underneath, until set, about three minutes. Transfer to a plate. Cool slightly and cut into strips.
- Add remaining oil to the skillet. Add tomatoes and cook for 3 minutes, until tomatoes begin to soften. Add garlic and stir for 30 seconds. Add in red pepper, baby peas, scallions, quinoa and remaining coconut aminos and cook for 4 minutes. Stir in eggs and cook for one minute longer. Top with bacon and serve warm.