September is arriving this weekend and soon we all will be back to our regular daily routines of school and work. And among these is the frustrating “what’s for dinner” meal planning and prep. One way to turn boring meals into a bit more fun for the family is by incorporating September’s national food holidays.
National Chicken Month
This month helps to showcase the chicken as a versatile, important and healthy protein source. Why not try out some of these exciting new recipes for chicken! Support local chicken farmers, eat healthy and have fun with quick and easy meal options. https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-day-poultry-recipes /
National Honey Month
September marks the end of the honey collection season as the bees begin to secure/prepare their hives for winter. High in antioxidants, honey is a healthier alternative to highly refined sugars. Did you know honey is not only a food source? It has many other uses, from moisturizing skin to soothing burns. https://www.sunfood.com/blog/newsletters/40-uses-for-honey-that-will-blow-your-socks-off/
National Mushroom Month
The national mushroom month has been around since 1993. Mushrooms are considered one of the sustainable foods to produce. They are a nutrient powerhouse and the only source of vitamin D in the produce section of the grocery store. With so many varieties, they are always in season. https://www.mushroomcouncil.com/
National Papaya Month
Christopher Columbus dubbed this delicious melon-like fruit “fruit of the angels” back in the 15th century. This fruit is jam-packed with rich nutrients and antioxidants. Papayas can also support healthy digestion and help calm inflammation of the body. https://food.ndtv.com/lists/10-best-papaya-recipes-1471450
National Potato Month
This month we honour the wonderful spud. Potatoes contain 45% of your daily value of vitamin C and 18% of your daily value of potassium. They’re affordable, easy to prepare and a great part of any meal. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snacking…there’s always the perfect recipe. https://www.allrecipes.com/recipes/1540/fruits-and-vegetables/vegetables/potatoes/
National Rice Month
There are over 40,000 kinds of rice grown on 6 of the 7 continents. It also the oldest known food still being consumed today. Rice is low in fat and a complex carb which makes it healthy to eat. There are 4 types of rice: white, brown, black and red…long grain and short grain…all with their own list of nutritional values and a host of exciting flavours. https://www.foodnetwork.ca/comfort-food/photos/16-best-rice-recipes-for-dinner-and-dessert/
There are also daily food holidays for each day of September; too many to showcase in this blog. Here is a link to check out every day. https://foodimentary.com/september-holidays / We did pick a few dates that may be of particular interest.
Daily Food Holidays
September 2 – International Bacon Day; September 7 – National Beer Lover’s Day; September 10 – National Hot Dog Day; September 12 – National Chocolate Milkshake Day; September 13 – National Peanut Day; September 14 – National Cream-Filled Doughnut Day; September 22 – National Ice Cream Cone Day; September 25 – National Lobster Day; September 29 – National Coffee Day.
We hope these food holidays add a bit of flare into your meal planning sessions this month.
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Happy Labour Day Weekend!
“Food, to me, is always about cooking and eating with those you love and care for.” – David Chang