Last Updated on September 22, 2022 by Create Better Health
Have you been taking extra precautions to keep you and your family safe and prepared during Covid-19? These precautions have possibly changed the way you prepare meals. You might even be utilizing local resources to obtain food for your family. Life is different now, and your meals and menu planning may reflect that change. The USDA has put together some ideas help you with food planning during Covid-19. Check them out below.
Here are even more resources from USDA you might find helpful:
Food Planning Resources
Tips for Every Aisle – Use these tips to fill your cart with budget-friendly and healthy options from each food group.
Sample 2-Week Menus – These sample 2-week menus can be used by any person or family wanting to follow a healthy diet at a modest price.
MyPlate Plan – To learn about your food group targets, use the personalized MyPlate Plan tool.
Activities for Families at Home
MyPlate: Activities to do with Kids – Activities and printables to get the whole family on board with making healthier choices.
Team Nutrition Cooks! – Cooking-based nutrition activities for children ages 8-12 years old.
Team Nutrition Games & Activities – Make it through all the food groups with these fun games and activities.
Here’s a tasty recipe that uses simple ingredients and is really easy to make.
I didn’t have evaporated milk on hand. If you find yourself in that same situation, there are a few substitutions that work just as well. The first substitution is to use dry milk. Mix 1 1/2 cups non-fat dry milk (powdered milk) with 1 1/4 cups water. That is the equivalent of one can of evaporated milk. You’ll only need half a can for this recipe. Mix up the full amount and save the extra for later, or only mix up half as much.
The other substitution you can try is boiling down regular milk. Heat 1 1/2 cups regular milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Let it come to a gently boil, stirring continuously. After about 10 minutes, the milk will have reduced by half. It is then ready to use in the recipe.
I had some shredded chicken in the fridge so I decided to add that to the recipe for a good source of protein. If you don’t have fettuccine noodles, no problem! Use any pasta that you have on hand. Enjoy!