Jamaican Lunches - On an average Jamaican restaurant’s lunch menu, you will always find chicken and at least one or more of from the list below: The majority of people in Jamaica eat chicken and it is done in various ways.
Typical Jamaican meal dishes
In an average home kitchen one meat or fish dish is usually the norm...if it’s a special occasion lunch with guests then at least two or more meats will be prepared.
To compliment and liven up the stewed meat dishes at least two of the following vegetables may be added together with the regular Jamaican seasonings.
Side servings with the main dish can be one or two of the following depending on your apetite:
Jamaican Dinners can be a combination of the items listed for lunch and breakfast. For example Ackee and Salt fish and Rice and Peas make a great dinner. So does steamed Callaloo and boiled green bananas or steamed bammy (casava bread).
You may also find a fried dumpling in your fried chicken and rice dinner. Sweet potato and yam is served with say stewed beef for lunch or dinner.
You can also make a one pot meal of peas soup (red peas or gungo peas) with yams, sweet potato and dumplings and meat.
In Jamaica Rice and Peas is served with all meat dishes. See Rice and Peas recipe here
In other words, you can have fun with the Jamaican style cooking – mix and match until you find a great combination. Choose a vegetable, a starch and a protein dish and create a balanced Jamaican meal you will enjoy.
Just to add…the Jamaican Chefs of all levels use the simple Jamaican foods to create some delightful artistic dishes, so if everyday cooking gets a little bland, then go out to a nice Jamaican restaurant and sample the a la carte style of the Jamaican Chef.