Power Up Your Meals

Power Up Your Meals

Powerful Pairings are unique combinations of wholesome foods that help make every bite count. Packed with nutrients, bursting with flavor and rich in texture, pork, pulses, and sorghum come together to create a bountiful plate that makes the family meal as enjoyable as the company around the table.

Learn more about what makes pork, pulses, sorghum and breads and bread products Powerful Pairings.


Below please find various infographics you can use to educate about pork, pulses, sorghum, bread and bread products, to promote Powerful Pairings and to encourage more family meals!


Registered Dietitian Nutritionists across the country are talking about combining pork, pulses, sorghum, breads and bread products on the plate. These Powerful Pairings add taste, nutrition and versatility to your diet and to enhance family meals. Check out what a few of them have to say!

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Combining pork, pulses, sorghum, bread and bread products creates meals with unexpected tastes and textures sure to make every bite count. With the savory taste of pork, rich textures of pulses, the nutty sorghum flavor and so many bread and bread products from which to choose, the taste and sensory combinations are endless.



  • 1½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ¾ cup sliced carrots
  • ¾ cup sliced celery
  • 1½ teaspoons minced garlic
  • 6 cups no-salt-added chicken stock
  • 1¼ cups green split peas
  • 1 small ham bone
  • 2/3 cup chopped ham
  • 2/3 cup pearled sorghum
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1½ tablespoons Worcestershire sauce Chopped fresh thyme and cracked black pepper (optional)
Total Servings: 6
Serving Size: 1¼ cup
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes


  1. In a 4-quart stock pot or large pot heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, carrots, celery and garlic; season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally 10 to 12 minutes or until onion is tender. Add chicken stock, split peas, ham bone, ham, sorghum, thyme sprigs and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered for 45-60 minutes or until split peas are soft and sorghum is tender.
  2. Remove ham bone, thyme sprigs and bay leaves from soup. Remove ham from bone, chop ham and return to pot. Discard bone, thyme sprigs and bay leaves. Add Worcestershire sauce and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Garnish with chopped fresh thyme and cracked black pepper, if desired.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 436, Total Fat 15g (Saturated Fat 2g) Cholesterol 55mg, Sodium 369mg, Total Carb 55g (Dietary Fiber 8g, Sugars 16g) Protein 25g, Vitamin D 2%, Calcium 6%, Iron 20%, Potassium 20%, Phosphorus 377mg (30%)

For additional recipes, visit pork.org, pulses.org and simplysorghum.com.

Press Release

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Commodity Group Partnerships to Promote Health Gain Traction and Industry Attention

Washington, DC, January 26, 2021

With rapidly changing shopping, cooking and eating behaviors shifting consumer preferences, key commodity groups are realizing that by working together, they have a greater chance of impacting consumer perceptions, nutrition, and their producers’ bottom lines. One such partnership between the National Pork Board and USA Pulses (USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council, American Pulse Association), has garnered both the attention and accolades of others in the food business.

In the fall of last year, the Pork Board and Pulses launched Powerful Pairings , a collaborative marketing initiative that promotes the pairing of whole foods to bring taste, balance, and nutrition to family meals. Through the innovative campaign, the organizations connected with retailers, registered dietitian nutritionists, and consumers to encourage them to try unexpected and ingenious food pairings to power up their plate with delicious and nutritious family meals. Free recipes and resources were created - including infographics, fact sheets and nutrition information are available on the website.

“Powerful Pairings makes it easy to add taste, nutrition, texture and variety to every meal,” said Becky Garrison, RDN, LD, director of domestic marketing, USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council, American Pulse Association. “With the launch of the new 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, our campaign can help families better understand how they can make every bite count.”

“While the health benefits of Powerful Pairings are compelling, this campaign clearly demonstrates how agricultural groups can come together through combined thought leadership, talent, and resources, to bring exceptional value and benefit to both consumers and their producers,” said Chris Jones, the Pork Board’s director of marketing promotions and partnerships.

The effort has garnered the attention of several in the industry. As a testament to its success, the collaboration is expanding this year to include the United Sorghum Checkoff Program.

“We are excited about the expanded partnership and the opportunity to promote how pork, pulses and sorghum can easily be part of great tasting, nutritious parts of family meals,” said Doug Bice, market development director, United Sorghum Checkoff Program.

In January, the FMI Foundation awarded Powerful Pairings its distinguished 2020 Gold Plate Award in the Community Collaborators category. The Gold Plate Awards shine a spotlight on programs created by suppliers, food retailers and community collaborators that encourage families to share more meals together at home.

Celebrate the Family Meals Movement

The Family Meals Movement celebrates the importance of family meals all year long. Fortunately, pork, pulses and sorghum are always in season, making it easy and convenient to make every bite count by bringing Powerful Pairings to the table throughout the year.

Increasing the frequency of eating family meals improves the family unit and bolsters individual health and wellness.1,2,3,4,5 Research also shows that people who frequently cook meals together at home eat healthier and consume fewer calories.

Click here to go to Supporting Research to review the breadth of research affirming the powerful impact of family meals.

As stronger families build stronger communities, family meals are more important today than ever before. Click here to go to Toolkits for tools you can use to help spread the word.

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