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Delaware's Winning Recipe: Caribbean Fiesta!

“Jamal's maternal grandparents are Jamaican and the Caribbean flavors are a normal part of our food,” says Jamal’s mom, Kathy. “He also loves tacos, but the shells can be high in sodium. Jamal found a way to significantly lower the sodium of his favorite dish by using the blue corn tortilla chips and because the dish is open, he adds even more vegetables and beans. Jamal already had a high blood pressure reading and we have a very strong family history of high blood pressure and diabetes on both sides. Jamal is very aware of the health concerns of his family and ethnicity. If he can make his food healthier, then he believes he'll live a more active life where he can keep doing all the fun things he loves to do.” Jamal likes to serve this dish with a fruit salad.

Jamal Bin-Yusif, Age 11, is the 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winner from Delaware.


Makes 1 Serving


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 chicken tender, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Dash of seasonings like curry, allspice, and scotch bonnet pepper sauce (optional)
  • 8 blue or yellow corn tortilla chips
  • ¼ cup pinto and/or black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 grape tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ orange bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1/3 green onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 ounce low-fat shredded cheddar jack cheese


  1. In a nonstick skillet, warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chicken, season with optional spices, and cook for about 5 minutes, or until cooked through.
  2. Evenly spread the tortilla chips on a plate and evenly distribute chicken, beans, tomatoes, bell peppers, and green onions. Top with cheese and microwave for 1 minute or until cheese is melted.

371 calories 21g fat 22g carbohydrates 24g protein