Food fit for a President!

November 6 is the US Election Day with Barack Obama trying to fight off the republican candidate Mitt Romney. It is interesting that American candidates are scrutinised in almost every aspect of their lives, even down to the foods they eat; a quick Google search shows that both candidates favour healthy foods.

November 6 is the US Election Day with Barack Obama trying to fight off the republican candidate Mitt Romney. It is interesting that American candidates are scrutinised in almost every aspect of their lives, even down to the foods they eat; a quick Google search shows that both candidates favour healthy foods.

Cara Cunningham, Community Dietitian

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Mitt Romney’s favourite food is said to be meatloaf cakes smothered with ketchup and cinnamon sauce but it seems the recipe is top secret so it’s hard to say how healthy this is, but he does accompany it with mashed potatoes, corn on the cob and carrots – not bad. However his campaign trail snack of peanut butter and honey sandwiches is high in fat and sugar so not so good for the waistline!

It is reported that Obama doesn’t like sweets, favouring takeaway pizzas; however thanks to his health conscious wife apparently these are limited to an occasional treat. It seems when he cooks (where does he get the time!) that his favourite dish is Chilli – so if you want to eat like a president why not try out the actual recipe below! From a nutritional point of view it is fairly low in fat (especially if you go for the minced turkey option), it contains plenty of vegetables and as it has all those spices you definitely won’t need to add any salt as flavouring – so thumbs up for the Presidential chilli.

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Obama Family Chilli Recipe

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Ingredients

large onion, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

3 garlic cloves, chopped

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 lb turkey or beef – minced

¼ teaspoon of ground cumin, oregano, turmeric, basil

1 tablespoon chili powder

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 can of chopped tomatoes

1 can red kidney beans – drained

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Method

1.Saute onions, green pepper and garlic in olive oil until soft. Add the meat and brown.

2.Combine spices together then add to pan.

3.Add red wine vinegar.

4.Add tomatoes and let simmer, until tomatoes cook down.

5.Add kidney beans and cook for a few more minutes.

6.Serve over white or brown rice. Garnish with grated cheddar cheese, onions and sour cream.

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The race for the White House is nearly at an end, so will it be meatloaf or chilli for the Oval office – who can tell!

For more information or for more information on diet and nutrition, please contact:

The Community Nutrition and Dietetic Service, HSE Dublin-Mid Leinster Tel: (044) 9353220 or email community.dietitians@hse.ie.