Families, Pork and Fitness Fun

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By: Holly Fujan

On Janurary 29th, I had the chance to be part Family Wellness Night at Eastridge Elementary School in Lincoln, Nebraska. Family Wellness Night gave children and their families the opportunity to learn new information, sample new foods and participate in physical activities such as Zumba, yoga and Wii games. Many different organizations from all around came to be part of this event, including the Nebraska Pork Producers Association. At our table, myself, as well as two future Nebraska Pork Producer Association mentors from the class of 2013, handed out samples of Taco Soup made with ground pork to the children and their families, and talked to them about the benefits of eating pork. We also handed out Kids’ Cookbooks that contained many fun and easy pork recipes for kids to make at home and coupon for pork products. Many of the children and even their parents made a funny face when we told them that our soup was made with pork. We got a variety of responses about pork, from someone telling us they eat it all the time to a lady even saying she does not let pork in her fridge, but by the end of the night everyone was talking about how good our Taco Soup was. Many people even came back and asked for the recipe. Most of the children were hesitant to try the soup at first when we told them what it was, but with a little reassurance they were able to trying it and we got many positive responses. There was one little girl who wasn’t even going to try the soup, but liked it so much that she ended up coming back to see us three times! It was really fun being able to interact with all the children and introduce them to new things that they wouldn’t usually try. I think the Eastridge Family Wellness Night was a great way to get people thinking about adding more pork to their diets and changed many people’s minds about pork.

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Recipe:

7 can taco soup

  • 1 can reduced sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can no salt added sweet corn, drained
  • 1 lbs of browned ground pork
  • 1 can 98& FF cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can green enchilada sauce
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 1 packet taco seasoning

    Directions:
    Brown ground pork. Drain if needed. Mix all ingredients together in a large pot. Heat until warm, stirring occasionally. Serve with tortilla chips and top with cheese if desired.
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