From Fish Fingers to Fish Pie: Broadening Your Kids’ Culinary Tastes
Variety is the spice of life, and while it can be a chore encouraging your children to branch out from chicken nuggets and explore the culinary delights the world has to offer, it’s certainly worth it in the end.
If you’re keen for your kids to try new foods, a great way to get them interested is to involve them in the cooking process. An easy way to do this is to go online; that way you can look up recipes in the comfort of your own home and decide which ones to try out together.
With a great website packed full of delicious and affordable recipes from across the globe, Schwartz provides top notch advice for creating culinary masterpieces as a family. Recipes are labelled according to difficulty so you can work your way up slowly as you get more advanced in the kitchen, and the videos, helpful hints and step-by-step guides make it perfect for budding chefs (Fish Pie image by CorkBilly).
With a variety of dishes inspired by their own range of herbs and spices, there are recipes to suit every pallet, from Oriental to European to the more traditional British food. Here is a sneak peek at some of the recipes available:
From chicken nuggets to chicken curry, food directly from Asia – this is a great starting point to get your kids to branch out at the dinner table! The recipe follows a traditional method including frying the spices to release the aromas and then simmering the sauce to ensure a rich and delicious texture. Opt for mild curry powder if you’re introducing your brood to spicy dishes for the first time (image by Tasty Indian Food).
Creamy Garlic and Mushroom Tagliatelle
This is a delicious and nutritious meal that the whole family can sit down and enjoy, and since the kids will recognize pasta – an all-time favorite – as forming the main basis of the dish they may be more inclined to try it. Add crispy fried bacon, rocket leaves and pine nuts to enhance the flavor (image by Culinary Crumbs).
Most kids grimace at the mere thought of fish, unless it’s breaded and in a sandwich, but once you’ve introduced them to salmon they won’t look back! Try them with tender salmon fillets pan-fried with peppers, courgettes and tomatoes and a Cajun blend to flavor – this consists of chilli powder, ginger, coriander seed, cumin and thyme to really surprise their taste buds (image by taopauly).
If you want your kids to start getting more adventurous in the kitchen, the trick is to start small. Get them to try one new thing a week and watch as their list of favorite foods grows!
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