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One Plastic Bag dinner menu

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A family dinner menu to accompany the children’s book One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul.

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This month’s Family Dinner Book Club theme is Recycling, and our lead book is One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul. Here you’ll find a menu that can be prepared with the help of your children. Head over to Growing Book by Book for a full reading list of books about Whales. Then visit Sunny Day Family for family activity ideas. We invite you to share a picture from your dinner with us anytime during the month on our Family Dinner Book Club Facebook or Instagram page! 

This book follows the recycling women of the Gambia in West Africa. Our menu this month is Senegalese inspired.

The Gambia is a country in West Africa, which is surrounded on all sides by Senegal, with the exception of a strip of coastline along the Atlantic ocean. Coastline countries always feature fresh fish, and yassa is a typical dish of Senegal, so our main course here is a Mild Fish Yassa.

African cuisine often features scotch bonnet peppers, which are similar to habanero peppers. If your family can handle that heat, go ahead and throw one in! My family cannot, which is why on this site you will find the mild versions of these classic African recipes.

I LOVE the peanut soup from our Anna Hibiscus menu, so I served some of that sauce here alongside. Baobab fruit is all over the place in Africa, so we’re enjoying a lookalike sunshine smoothie.

One Plastic Bag 
Family Dinner Book Club

Mild Fish Yassa
-serve with white rice
Garlic Sauteed Spinach 
Groundnut Sauce
Sour Mango Smoothie
Thiakary Quinoa

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