If there is one thing I keep hearing from my friends, it is how much cooking and eating they are doing right now while at home with their kids. No matter where you are, families are looking for kid-friendly recipes around the world. It is one of the things unifying us all.
When we travel with our kids, one of our favorite things is to try new foods. Food is an integral part of any culture, and often one of the best parts of travel.
So while we can't go out and experience the world, why not bring the world to us and our families. One of the easiest ways to do this is with kid-friendly recipes from around the world.
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Food is a connector for people around the world. It is often one of the things that make traveling to a new place so special.
When we travel with our kids, we love to eat at local restaurants and discover local and regional flavors. We have also taken family cooking classes and family baking classes in France. Whether it is discovering new cultural norms around food – such as times different cultures eat or particular table manners – or new flavors, it is yet another great way to have children experience a culture.
At the same time, cooking and baking with kids at home is an excellent activity. Not only does it teach kids creativity, math, and science, but it is a great way to spend time together as a family. Using kid-friendly recipes from around the world is a great way for kids to try new things in a palatable way.
Food is one of the things that is unique and different in cultures around the world. Trying new things, textures and flavors is part of risk-taking and opens kids' minds up to the world. It also connects them to kids around the globe.
For example, my kids love learning about kid-friendly snacks around the world or what candy kids from other countries like to eat. They often wonder, what do kids around the world enjoy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner?
It is one of the things that makes travel and learning about other cultures so special. It is also fascinating to think about how food and cuisine evolved in countries due to their locations, what resources are available (land/sea/trade/spices), and what has become a common food in that country.
Making kid-friendly recipes from around the world isn't just fun and delicious. You can include it in your home teaching or distance learning. Here are some ideas how you can do that:
Choose a country your kids can study. You can take a day or week to learn about it.
As part of this discovery, kids could learn about landmarks, the weather, and languages. And, cooking a dish from the country can be part of the day's activities. You may also want to include a craft related to the country your kids are studying.
Depending on the ages of kids, kids may want to research the resources of the country. You can ask:
You can ask:
You could even have your children create a Venn Diagram to compare what foods, ingredients, or flavors are similar and different from what they usually see in their home or grocery store. Are there any that are the same?
You can make one of the meals below or involve your kids in the cooking and baking process.
Here is a list of recipes that you can easily cook with kids or for kids, to give them a taste of food and treats from around the world. While some of these recipes are twists on traditional foods from a certain country, they incorporate flavors common in that country.
It is important to note that you should doublecheck the ingredients for any of the recipes below for any allergens. These recipes are suggestions and represent several countries, but not all, and do not represent all of the Cuisine for each country. You can certainly find additional recipes that suit you or support your home teaching/distance learning if you don't find them here.
But these recipes are a great start. It is a great way to provide kids a variety of tastes and flavors from countries around the world. You can also add an international cooking experience to your home curriculum in the areas of science, social studies, world cultures, language learning, and even risk-taking and creativity.
Homemade Violet Crumble (from Go Science Kids blog)
Anzac Biscuits (from Go Science Kids blog)
Quick and Easy Canned Salmon Impossible Pie (from A Taste for Travel blog)
French Canadian Breakfast Crepes (from Snappy Gourmet blog)
Easy Chinese Vegetable Soup (from DIY Candy blog)
10-Minute Vegetable Lo Mein (from Strength and Sunshine blog)
Stir-Fried Noodles (from Cradle Kitchen blog)
Vegetarian Chow Mein (from Cinnamon and Coriander blog)
5 Ingredient Orange Chicken (from Kimspired DIY blog)
Eggroll in a Bowl (from Eating On A Dime blog)
Wonton Tacos (from Baking Beauty blog)
Sesame Tofu (from Rhian's Recipes blog)
Homemade Fortune Cookies (from Jen Around The World blog)
Croatian Kiflice (Jam Filled Crescent Cookie) (from Sustain My Cooking Habit blog)
Pan de Yuca (from Moon and Spoon and Yum blog)
How To Trow The Perfect Tea Party (from Besos Alina blog)
Afternoon Tea Scones (from Christina's Cucina blog)
Playing Card Sandwiches For A Tea Party (from A Mummy Too blog)
Shepherd's Pie (from the Scrappy Geek blog)
Vanilla Bean English-Style Scones With Strawberry Cream (Slumber & Scones blog)
Sticky Toffee Pudding (from Ann's Entitled Life blog)
Cheat's Croque Madame (from Fab Food 4 All blog)
Filo Pastry Mini Quiches (from A Mummy Too blog)
Pain Perdu (from Nutmeg and Vinegar blog)
Classic Crepe Batter Recipe: Palačinke Rolls With Nutella (from Sustain My Cooking Habit blog)
French Style Yogurt Cake (from My Mini Adventurer blog)
Chocolate Dipped Madeleines (from A Hedgehog In The Kitchen blog)
Super Easy Cheese Buns (from The Pomegranate Mom blog)
German Potato Soup (from Simply Stacie blog)
Baked Rice Pudding (from Cinnamon and Coriander blog)
Strudel (from Francine's Place blog)
Easy Breakfast Bread Rolls (Where Is My Spoon blog)
Best Greek Salad (from Tasty Galaxy blog)
Greek Omelette (from Primal Edge Health blog)
Walnut Crescent Cookies (from My Pure Plants blog)
Chutney Sandwiches (from India Ambrosia blog)
Baked Vegetable Pakora (from Veggie Desserts blog)
Garlic Naan Bread (from Little Earthling blog)
Biscuit Cake (from Veg Recipes of India blog)
Irish Beef Stew (from Scrappy Geek blog)
Irish Oatmeal Cookies (from The Monday Box blog)
Irish (or Scottish) Soda Scones (from Christina's Cucina blog)
Israeli Chicken Shawarma (from Bites N Pieces blog)
Homemade Pepperoni Pizza (from My Kitchen Love blog)
Flatbread Pizza (from Little Sunny Kitchen blog)
Easy Homemade Pasta (from Swirls Of Flavor blog)
Best Gnocchi Recipe (from Cradle Kitchen blog)
Easy Italian Wedding Soup (from Food Meanderings blog)
Easy Fettuccine Alfredo (from Kimspired DIY blog)
Sweet Buns With Whipped Cream (from Nonna Box blog)
Christina's Thick Italian Style Hot Chocolate (from Christina's Cucina blog)
Easy Vegan Miso Soup (from Vegan Huggs blog)
Vegetable Loaded Sushi Donuts (from Recipes From A Pantry blog)
Vegan Avocado Sushi Rolls (from Any Reasons Vegan blog)
Vegan Gochujang Cauliflower Tacos (from Urban Farmie blog)
Mini Mexican Street Corn (from Veggie Desserts blog)
Restaurant Style Mexican Cheese Dip (from Jen Around The World blog)
Sopa de Albondigas (from Taste For Travel blog)
Chicken Tortilla Soup (from Super Safeway blog)
Sopa de Fideo/Mexican Noodle Soup (from Vegan Huggs blog)
Baked Chicken Fajitas (from Joy Filled Eats blog)
Mild Chicken Fajitas For Kids (from A Mummy Too blog)
Air Fryer Chicken Quesadillas (from Recipes From A Pantry blog)
Dutch Oven Mexican Rice (from Mama Likes To Cook blog)
Cheesy Mollettes Mexicanos (from A Hedgehog In The Kitchen blog)
Mexican Sugar Cookies: Polvorones (from The Monday Box blog)
Pastel del Elote: Mexican Corn Cake (from Strength and Sunshine blog)
Mexican Horchata (from Mama Likes To Cook blog)
Lemon Carlota (from The Cookware Geek blog)
Speculaas (from Nutmeg and Vinegar blog)
Puff Pastry Croissants Filled With Rose Jam (from Where Is My Spoon blog)
Pierogi Breakfast Casserole (from Food Meanderings blog)
Slovak Style Egg Spread (from Almost Bananas blog)
Bryndzove Cauliflower (from Almost Bananas blog)
Seafood Paella (from Besos Alina blog)
Roasted Red Pepper Vegan Paella (from Very Vegan Val blog)
Jalapeño Corn Bread (from April Golightly blog)
Spanish Beans With Tomatoes (from Veggie Desserts blog)
Vegan Spanish Risotto (from Rhian's Recipes blog)
Spanish Omelette (from Little Sunny Kitchen blog)
Cinnamon Sugar Dessert Preussens (from My Mini Adventurer blog)
Zwetschgenwähe: Swiss Plum Pie (from My Mini Adventurer blog)
Easy Surinamese-Inspired Savory Chicken Tacos (from Wanderlusting blog)
Homemade Fruit Leather or Qamardeen (from Hilda's Kitchen blog)
Homemade Molasses Baked Beans With Bacon (from Kelly Neil blog)
American Goulash (from Easy Budget Recipes blog)
New York Style Pizza (from Food Folks and Fun blog)
Food Truck Hawaiian Macaroni Salad (from Food Folks and Fun blog)
Authentic New York Bagels (from Wanderlusting blog)
Mac and Cheese with Tomatoes (from Food Meanderings blog)
Dairy-free and Gluten-free Meatloaf (from Food Meanderings blog)
Southwest Egg Rolls (from Baking Beauty blog)
Avocado Toast With Smoked Salmon (from Easy Recipes For Busy Moms)
Easy New Orleans Rasberry Filled Beignets (from Backyard Bohemian blog)
Red, White and Blue Strawberry Mini Pies (from Gale & Plum blog)
Deluxe Apple Pie *Award Winning* (from Food Meanderings blog)
Prize Pumpkin Pie (from Food Meanderings blog)
Rum Raisin Apple Brown Betty (note only a small amount of Rum is used) (from Vintage Kitty blog)
Blueberry Cornbread Recipe (from Food Meanderings blog)
Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps (from Eating On A Dime blog)
Bahn Mi Turkey Hot Dogs (from Food Meanderings blog)
Cooking and baking with kids is a wonderful activity that teaches creativity, science, and math, and is a great way to spend time together. Using kid-friendly recipes from around the world will also add multicultural education to these benefits. Though we may not be able to travel to some of these countries now in person, we can certainly get a taste of them from home. Exploring kid-friendly recipes from around the world is a great way to expose kids to other cultures, encourage them to take risks, and can be an integral part of homeschooling and learning about other cultures and countries around the world.
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