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Cooking Together | Reasons to Cook at Home

A family prepares to cook dinner together.

Do you know about the importance of cooking and eating with your family? In this day and age, it can be tough especially with a wild family schedule and jobs. But it’s important to take that time to do so, because the benefits are lasting.

Eating & Cooking with Family

Children benefit greatly from the ritual of eating meals together. Family meals provide opportunities for sharing the day’s events and create a relaxing transition from busy daytime activities to slower-paced evening ones. Cooking meals at home and involving your children in food preparation is the best way to teach them healthy eating habits. Statistically, children who grow up in households where meals are eaten together perform better academically and show less tendency toward engaging in risky behaviors such as smoking, drinking, and taking drugs, according to Washington State University nutrition researchers Martha Marina and Sue Butkus.

Cooking on a Busy Schedule

Rada Cutlery has cookbooks that have meals in minutes and meals you can freeze ahead and are ready to pop into the oven for a good sit down meal at home. And Rada takes pride in offering cookbooks that are easy to make with readily available ingredients, most of which are probably already stocked in your kitchen. We at Rada want to help you make good homemade meals that anyone can make.

For many Americans their closest relationship with home cooking comes from watching celebrity chefs on television. But cooking shows contribute to people relying on eating out because they make one feel like they can’t do what professional chefs can. You shouldn’t feel self-conscious about your cooking abilities, you should feel confident! Rada likes to make it easy and fun to cook. Try our Chicken Tacos recipe, it’s easy, tasty and healthy!

Chicken Tacos Recipe

From the cookbook Fix, Freeze, Take and Bake, this recipe is easy to make ahead of time if you have a hectic lifestyle. Get the whole family in on making this recipe and enjoy it together when you’re done. What you will need:

  • 2 ½ cups cooked cubed chicken
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
  • Drained ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced with green chilies, drained
  • 1 ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  •  ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes

Directions:

Toss chicken and kidney beans

In a medium bowl, toss together chicken and drained kidney beans. Set aside.

Add peppers and onions to skillet

In a medium skillet, heat vegetable oil. Add peppers and onions.

Saute` over high heat

Saute peppers and onions over high heat.

Saute` until browned

Saute peppers and onions until browned.

Add seasonings

Add chili powder, oregano and ground cumin. Saute for an additional minute.

Add tomates with green chilies

Stir in drained tomatoes with green chilies and bring to a boil. Let simmer for about 5 minutes.

Add chicken and beans

Add chicken and beans to skillet, stirring to combine.

Transfer to freezer bag

Allow to cool and transfer to a freezer bag for freezing. You can individually bag this into single serving sizes, which makes a great quick and healthy snack for after school or a quick meal when running late from work or sports practice.

Freeze up to 6 months

Freeze up to 6 Months!

Chicken Tacos ready

To Prepare from the Freezer: thaw in refrigerator or microwave. In a skillet, heat chicken over stovetop or in microwave. Serve as tacos or tostadas with cheese, lettuce, tomato and salsa. Find out how to make more dishes ahead of time by checking out the Fix, Freeze, Take & Bake cookbook at the Rada Kitchen Store. Happy cooking, and take time to enjoy a meal with the family!

Other Easy Tortilla and Taco-Themed Recipes to Make!

Having time to have a nice, home-cooked meal as a family can be difficult to do, as described above. Here are some more great recipes on our blog that can easily be made and frozen for later, or just made ahead of time!

Carnitas Tacos Recipe | Make Raspberry Pico de Gallo

Carnitas Tacos

Put some flavor back into your evening dinners with this incredible recipe: Carnitas Tacos with Raspberry Pico de Gallo. Doesn’t that just sound delicious?! Your family will be begging for more. Follow these steps and make sure you have around 3 hours to prepare this treat.

Taco Soup Recipe | Mexican Bowtie Pasta Soup

Taaco Bowtie Soup and Rada knife

Craving a hot, tasty, Mexican-themed dish with a fraction of the usual calories? This Taco Bowtie Soup will give you all of the flavor you crave and none of the usual guilt. This recipe makes taco soup easy!

Easy Enchilada Recipe | Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

these are bound to be a family and friend fan favorite!

Make sure to keep this recipe on hand at all times. The creamy sauce combined with tomatoes, green onions, and spices is sure to be a hit with friends and family alike. This is an easy recipe to make and you can even add your own personal touches!

How to make Chili Rojo Nachos | Savory Snacks

Chili Rojo Nachos

Whether it is game day, Cinco de Mayo, or you just want an easy and delicious snack our Chili Rojo Nachos are the perfect choice. Our four-layered nachos uses the Chili Rojo Sauce Quick Mix and can be topped with your favorite garnishes.

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Cooking Together
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This article discusses the benefits of cooking and preparing meals as a family. Also included are recipes for various taco-themed dishes.
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