#HealthyNotHunger - Plantain Vegetables and Steamed Croacker Fish

This meal contains a staple that is different from the regular Rice-Potato-Wheat-Corn commonly cooked and eaten amongst most families in the world.

My recipe and meal contains Unriped Boiled Plantain, Cut Fresh Spinach Vegetables, Steamed Croacker Fish in Tomato Sauce, Garnished with Bell Peppers and Onion Chops, Glaced with Fresh Lemon Fruit and Cucumber Chops.

It has an amazing taste and aroma. Highly nutritious and very healthy with a combination of Vitamins, fibre, protein and less fat. There is so much advantage this single meal has.

It is inspired by the #HealthyNotHungry challenge in line with the World Food Programme and Sustainable Development goals to ZeroHunger in the World

It's recommended as a healthy staple, a great alternative and variety to include in family meals.

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#oFooDiFarmStories By Raji Olalekan Saiid

The passion farmers have cannot really be understood till you hear their experiences.  Raji Olalekan Saiid is one of the prominent Young farmers in Ibadan Nigeria sharing his experiences.

Sometimes all we want to do is change the world. At times like these we are mostly teenagers. Firing along on testosterone. Hardly listening to the whisper of Universal Wisdom.
Perhaps we (humanity) took it too personal in the beginning when that fatherly voice declared angrily:
"Cursed is the ground for your sake. In sorrow shall you eat of it. Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth for you. Out of your sweat shall you bring out bread."
But what Wisdom was saying then and now was simply that:
"To eat well, you must harvest.
To harvest, you must sow.
To sow, you must sweat."
And we are not talking gym parlour six pack grooming sweat here.

Cat Fish Pond
Sowing and harvesting aka farming is an activity of toil and much sweat, whether you are cultivating a corner of your backyard or tackling food sufficiency cultivating 100 hectares of land.
Pressing a seed into the ground and watching it grow into thousands of its type is the essence of economics and general human activity: bountiful harvest.
You sweat in stages: Clearing the land of thorns and thistles is hard work, whether wielding machetes or driving noisy bulldozers.
Next is ploughing and ridging, using flimsy hoe or tractors.
Then comes planting, which brings its own sweat when you have to contend with heaven's rain or consider creating artificial rainfall to be in season.
You sweat when you have to expertly spray herbicides and pesticides that are selective: meaning chemicals compounds that have to kill the insects and weeds without hurting your growing crops.
You sweat when you build hedges to keep out the pests: cattle, goats, sheep and human invaders.
You sweat every step of the way, nurturing your plants, checking leaves for disease and discoloration.
Until you harvest, and you have to contend with market forces, transport, and logistics and the general economics of buying and selling.

I didn't set out to change the world when I got into farming. But I learnt quickly that to change the world, you have to spend less time in the gym changing yourself. And listen more to the voice of Universal Wisdom.
There is a time to plant and a time to harvest. In between lies the key to feeding a hungry world, achieving food sufficiency and fulfilling the wishes of a wronged yet caring father: Go forth unto the earth and sweat, then multiply.

How to spot a bad yam

Choosing a very good yam can be a hard task sometimes. It's usually a guessing game or just following your instincts approach. Some people really do well and choose very good ones.

Few tips can be considered when trying to buy a good yam.
  • Don't necessarily go for the humongous looking ones. This doesn't mean you should condemn any yam you feel has a shape you haven't seen before i.e abnormal. It is classified as food waste. Sometimes yams can have contours,curves and dents. What this means, is, you should look carefully and not choose a yam because its bigger than the rest in it's pile.  
  • Look out for roughly dry ends, edges and dry skin.
  • Look out for holes particularly around the top. If the holes extend to the middle of the yam, that's a bad one. You would need to cut off many bad parts to get the good ones.
  • Look out for black spots. Some yams literally have black spots, they are a no no, because when cooked they turn brown, taste bitter and hard in the mouth.
Things to note
  • You could use your nail to peel a tiny part of the yam. It could help but it's not entirely sufficient.
  • You could get a knife and cut the root head off to see what the inside and texture looks like.
  • Small or medium looking yams mostly turn out great.
  • Most of the ones with farm soil on them have a more than 75 per cent chance of being good. Except it's been infected from the farm or was harvested prematurely.
  • Saving some part of a bad yam is not entirely healthy. Whilst cooking it turns dirty brown and after cooking the look and texture becomes pinkish in color.

Nutrition wise.
If you are cooking a yam and it turns brown and dark brown it's not advisable to consume.
If it turns pinkish in color, don't consume.

A healthier lifestyle is a great future for a sustainable health ,food nutrition and human society.
#Eatright #EatHealthy #Stayalive #Nutritionalsustainabilty #Sustainablemeals #goodhealthandwellbeing #dietofoodi #foodischange