The Haitian Diet - Some examples of typical meals


Traditionally the consensus was the heavier a person, the better (healthier), made from scratch is good for you as opposed to canned or frozen. This has changed somewhat as we have seen health awareness and understanding reach the new generation in Haiti as well as the new generation abroad.

The list below was prepared from a medical history standpoint as it relates to interpreting for healthcare workers (specifically doctors/nutritionist/dietitians) trying to understand the typical daily diet of Haitian patients who are hypertensive and diabetic as they try to make recommendations or suggest substitutions to improve their patients' health.

Typical breakfast items include:

-Coffee (usually with cream and sugar) with bread and butter or peanut butter

-Hot/sweetened milk porridge made with cornmeal or cream of wheat served with slices of buttered bread

-Fried pastry filled with meat, eggs or smoked herring

-Spaghetti cooked with hot dogs cut into small pieces

-Scrambled eggs served with boiled plantains or slices of bread

-Yellow corneal

-Bread soup with potatoes

Typical lunch items consists of a snack but can be a full meal:

-Fried pastry filled with hot dogs or smoked herring with a soda or juice or water

-Bread and peanut butter with soda, juice or water

-Boiled plantains, white or parbroiled rice with stewed beef, stewed chicken or stewed fish with tomato paste based orange sauce/gravy (optional salad)

-Yellow cornmeal served with a few slices of avocado

Typical dinner items consists of:

(Most stewed meats/fish are served in a tomato paste based orange sauce/gravy)

-White rice, beans with stewed beef, stewed or fried chicken or stewed or fried fish (usually snapper), cod fish, pork meatballs, fried pork shoulder chunks or turkey wings

-Red beans and rice with stewed beef, stewed or fried chicken or stewed or fried fish (usually snapper), cod fish, pork meatballs or turkey wings

-Wheat with stewed with beef, stewed or fried chicken or stewed or fried fish (usually snapper), cod fish, pork meatballs, fried pork shoulder chunks or turkey wings

-Millet with stewed beef, stewed or fried chicken or stewed or fried fish (usually snapper), cod fish, pork meatballs, fried pork shoulder chunks or turkey wings

-Yellow cornmeal with stewed beef, stewed or fried chicken or stewed or fried fish (usually snapper), cod fish, pork meatballs, fried pork shoulder chunks or turkey wings

-Boiled malanga, potatoes, boniatas or plantains with stewed beef, stewed or fried chicken or stewed or fried fish(usually snapper), cod fish, pork meatballs, fried pork shoulder chunks or turkey wings

-Legume (cabbage, carrots, spinach, eggplants cooked then mashed together and added to beef steak) served with plantains and or white rice or red beans and rice

-Beef stew (potatoes, plantains, carrots, spinach, corn on the cob, beef chunks or soup bones)

-Optional green salad (iceberg lettuce and tomato slices) very rarely included with meals

Typical supper or bedtime treat:

-Tea (boiled from tree leaves) picked from various trees based on ailment, cure you are seeking or illness you are trying to prevent

-Hot/sweetened milk porridge made with either oatmeal, fine yellow cornmeal, plantain or rice

Sides rarely included with meals during the week but rather during Sunday dinner or parties:

-Macaroni and cheese

-Potato salad (green peas, carrots and beets added)

-Fried plantains (green or ripe)

Desserts are not typically eaten during the week but rather on weekends or during special events and parties:

-Boniata bread (similar to sweet potato pie)

-Yellow cake or pineapple upside down cake

-Peanut brittle

Typical herbs/spices:

Maggie chicken bouillon -used to season meats and fish and other dishes

Goya Adobo

Accent

Salt

Pepper

Fresh garlic

Scallions

Fatback

Lard

Parsley

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