March is National Nutrition Month, and we are celebrating by sharing three delicious recipes using indigenous ingredients! Throughout history, Native people have relied on a balanced diet to provide nutrition and subsistence. Beans, squash, wild berries, game, seeds and nuts are all examples of indigenous ingredients that fuel and support our bodies. Check out the recipes below to get inspired and make a Native dish for your family!
Bison Sweet Potato Hash
This spin on potato hash uses better-for-you ingredients such as lean, bison meat and fiber-packed sweet potatoes. It also includes onions and bell peppers to get your vegetable serving! Full of flavor and easy to make in one skillet, this dish would be perfect for brunch, lunch or dinner.
If your family enjoys stir fry night, try this out! This meal can be made in one skillet and features lean venison meat, stir fry vegetables and egg noodles. Get your protein, vegetables and carb servings all in one meal! If you can’t find ground venison, you could sub for bison or lean ground turkey.
Three Sisters Rice Bowl
The three sisters – corn, beans and squash – are an important aspect of Indigenous foodways and culture. This is a very nutritious meal that makes great leftovers. Your family can even learn about the meaning of the Three Sisters and their cultural significance in Native culture while enjoying this meal.
Are you interested in more recipes using indigenous ingredients? Check out our blog and recipe section of our website. Let us know what your favorite dish is!