Healthy Habits – Food Cues

This week in healthy habits, participants learned about different types of “food cues” in the food environment that encourage us to eat, and why it’s best to eat when you are hungry—not just because you’ve received a food cue. To better understand the techniques used in food advertising and on food packages, we examined multiple print and TV ads. Evaluating the methods used to promote a product enabled kids to better understand how advertising affects their personal habits. In the cooking portion of our lesson, we continued to practice reading recipes and proper ingredient measurements. The taco pie recipe was a hit; try it with your family at home!

Taco Pie


1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup yellow cornmeal

¼ cup sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 cup milk

¼ cup vegetable oil

1 egg, beaten

2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided

1 (16 oz.) can low-fat refried beans

1 cup low-fat sour cream

1 pound ground turkey

1 packet low-sodium taco seasoning

2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce

1 cup diced tomato


1.   Preheat the oven to 400⁰ F. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, and baking powder. Stir in the milk, oil, and eggs, mixing just until moist. Spread into a greased 10 x 15 inch baking pan. Bake the crust for 10 minutes.

2.   While crust is baking, prepare ground turkey according to the taco seasoning directions. Set aside once finished.

3.   Remove crust from the oven, and sprinkle with 1 cup of the cheese. Bake for another 10 minutes.

4.   Spread one layer of refried beans over the melted cheese. Top with layer of sour cream, seasoned ground turkey, and remaining cheese.

5.   Bake for 12-15 minutes in the preheated oven. Top with lettuce and diced tomatoes before serving.

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