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Family Meal Ideas to Try During Your Time At Home

Given the troubling times, many families are finding themselves at home, with the kids, figuring out creative ways to make meals for the whole family. Amidst the outbreak, many choose to stock up on frozen foods, including fruits and vegetables. But now what?

Multi-award-winning celebrity chef and author Eric LeVine from 317 Main Street wants to help inspire families on what meals to make, and they are NOT smoothies. Most restaurants, including 317 Main Street, are offering meal pick-up.

Breakfast

·         Cook veggies first before adding in your eggs for omelets

·         Overnight oats you can make the night before with frozen fruits. If you don’t have oatmeal, you can replace with quinoa.

Lunch/Dinner

·         Risotto: if you didn’t stock up on Arborio rice, you can easily replace with grated cauliflower

·         When using a crockpot, add the frozen veggies during the last 20 minutes of cooking and remove the lid to prevent your veggies from turning into mush.

·         Salsa! All you need is frozen corn, olive oil, lime juice, cumin, and can of beans.

·         Zucchini, broccoli, peppers, cauliflower, mushrooms all pair well with pasta. To unfreeze, heat the veggies of your choice on the stove top with some minced garlic and olive oil. Finish with mozzarella or Parmesan cheese. 

·         PIZZA! Pulse frozen cauliflower in food processor, then drain any excess moisture with paper towels. Mix in 1 egg and 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese, then bake for 25 minutes for a cauliflower pizza dough. 

Dessert

·         Frozen fruit aids well to cobblers, you can use frozen peaches to frozen mangos. A cast-iron skillet works perfectly for the baking.

·         Ice Cream. In a food processor, add 1 frozen banana, your favorite frozen fruits and your favorite toppings.

·         Popsicles – if you have a popsicle mold blend Greek yogurt with your favorite frozen fruit. To sweeten, you can add a little bit of honey.

Replace ice cubes with frozen fruit. It’s a great way to get your kids (or even you) to drink more water.

About the Author

New York Trend is a weekly news publication that focuses on issues and lifestyles of the African & Caribbean American communities throughout the New York metropolitan area and Nassau and Suffolk Counties of Long Island. It is a respected and well recognized news publication that has been in existence since 1989. Owner, Publisher and Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams has been at the helm of this award-winning publication since its inception. New York Trend continues to be the only black woman-owned, metropolitan newspaper in New York and Long island. New York Trend is the largest black-owned newspaper throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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