Welcome to FamilyChef, the recipe series of the World Food Programme (WFP). Touffé de legumes, a vegetable stew, is a Haitian classic, served by WFP to school children as part of its school meals programme.
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Introducing fresh produce in WFP Haiti’s School Meals Programme
Bezin National School is one of the 24 schools participating in WFP’s first Home Grown School Meals Programme in Haiti. WFP has partnered with local NGOs and small farmers' organizations to ensure that the children receive a daily hot meal cooked entirely with fresh locally sourced ingredients, such as local beans and sorghum.
Since January 2016, with the first delivery of fresh produce, the school has seen a marked change in attendance. Children enjoy coming to school, where they can now eat a hot lunch, and are learning about the value of local production and consumption. The added nutritional value of the home-grown produce and the support that the programme provides to the local economy are important for many parents, who willingly contribute to the school meals, both with spices as well as their time.
How to prepare your own version of Touffé de legumes
1) In a pot, cover the black beans with water and simmer on the stove over low heat for about 45 minutes or until tender.
2) While the beans are cooking, peel, and chop the carrots, cabbage, eggplant, and mirliton into small pieces. Boil for 30 minutes or until soft. Drain.
3) Mash all the vegetables, except carrots, with a mortar and pestle or food processor. Add the tomato paste.
4) Heat your oil in a deep pot over low heat, and add the crushed garlic, green onions, black pepper, and dried fish. Once the mix has slightly browned, add the precooked black beans.
5) Rinse the sorghum or millet under running water. In a separate pot, cover with water and boil over low heat for 15 minutes. Drain and add to the beans.
6) Divide the sorghum and bean mix among 4 plates and top with vegetables. Bon appétit!
WFP is 100% voluntary funded. This home grown school meals pilot is possible thanks to financing from the Brazilian Government in coordination with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Agriculture. WFP's local implementing partners are the Reseau des Producteurs Agricoles de Nippes (ROPANIP) and the Bureau de Nutrition et Développement (BND).
Learn More about Nippes Pilot programme: From Field To Table: Follow The Food In Haitian Home-Grown School Meals In 10 Steps.