Cat Cora's Tips for Going Global at Mealtime
- Add a Dash of the World! Start simply by sprinkling some international flair onto a dish your kids already like. I love to bring a Mediterranean flavor, like olives, into traditional American meals. I think olives really kick things up a notch and taste great with everything, from pizza to salad! I've got a great twist on a popular dish kids love that I call Greek-Style Nachos! My kids devour it!
- Be Culture Vultures! Global dining experiences aren't just about the food, they're about the experience, too! Learn how families in other countries eat their meals and make dinnertime a totally unique exploration of other cultures. Sit on the floor, slurp soup with no spoon ... do your research and have fun with it!
- Kid Around in the Kitchen! Let the children pick your protein by offering a choice (salmon or chicken?) and then let them assist with making a sauce, dressing, or spice rub. When they are involved in the meal planning and cooking, they're more invested in the tasting! An excellent summertime option to involve kids is a no-cook supper, like my flavorful Three Bean Salad with Fresh Mint.
- Try New Foods! Do not keep a PB&J on standby: make one meal for the whole family, and make sure your children taste what's on their plate. My kids didn't know they loved edamame until they tried it! Make trying new foods a regular part of the family dining experience.
- Make a Melting Pot of Flavors! When you find flavors your kids enjoy, incorporate them into a different dishes in a variety of ways! There's no need to feel like a particular ingredient can only be used in Thai cooking or in a European meal. Create your own "fusion" flavors by bringing an enjoyable element from one meal into your next one.
Three Bean Salad with Fresh Mint