Introducing the kids to foreign cuisine
It’s the age-old frustration, your friend and their son/daughter is over to visit and you’ve just plated up dinner for all the kids. No sooner do you put it on the table than you hear, “Oh darling, I don’t think you’ll like that, will you.” All of a sudden, a child who was perfectly happy to eat an entire plate of food suddenly refuses to even try it. It’s been found that children who are fussy eaters have often become so because they’ve picked up the idea from adults, which can cause problems when we want our children to eat the same food as we do.
We want our kids to be open minded about all new experiences, especially food, because experiencing new food is one of life’s great pleasures, and it’s healthy too, so here are three healthy snacks to get your kids started on a lifetime of culinary adventure.
Veggie Samosa – A healthy Indian snack
2 and a half cups of water
1 cup warm water
Quarter tsp salt
2 tbsp. salt
1 cup cubed cauliflower
1 cup peas
1 cup cubed squash
1 can sweet corn
1 clove of garlic
Quarter tsp cumin seeds, ground coriander, turmeric, and minced ginger
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1. Blend the vegetable oil and the flour and gradually add the salted water.
2. Knead the dough and then leave it to rest in a plastic bag for twenty minutes before kneading it again.
3. While the dough is resting, heat the oil and fry the cumin, coriander, turmeric, ginger, and garlic for about thirty seconds.
4. Add the cauliflower, squash, and potatoes and simmer on a low heat for fifteen minutes.
5. Allow the mixture to cool and add the peas and sweet corn and season to taste.
6. Roll the dough into five inch circles, cut in half, and fold to create a triangle which is open at the end. Use water to seal the edges.
7. Fill and seal the samosas.
8. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for ten minutes on each side.
Easy Chinese Noodles
200g egg noodles
2 spring onions, sliced
1 carrot, grated
A handful of beansprouts
A small quantity of cooked chicken
1 diced garlic clove
2 tsp groundnut oil
Juice of half a lemon
2 tsp honey
1 tbsp. low salt soy sauce
1 tsp ketchup
1. Cook the noodles, drain, and rinse.
2. Heat the oil in a wok and add the garlic, carrot, onions, peas, and chicken.
3. Mix together the soy, honey, ketchup, and lemon juice and add to the stir fry after three minutes.
4. Add the cooked noodles and beansprouts; heat and serve.
Kids’ Bruschetta – a tasty Italian snack
1 loaf of day old bread
2 cups of diced tomatoes
1 diced garlic clove
Quarter cup of olive oil
Quarter cup of basil
Half tsp of salt
1. Mix together the olive oil, tomatoes, garlic, and salt.
2. Slice the bread into fingers, brush with oil, and fry on both sides.
3. Add the tomato topping and serve immediately.
Once you’ve introduced your kids to these snacks from around the globe you can really open up their foodie horizons by trying a Friday night takeaway that’s a little more adventurous. If you’re in the US, find your closest restaurant here.
Want to try another recipe? How about this Life Changing Hot Chocolate: Cioccolata Calda?
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