Mouthwatering Miso

Miso Soup

Miso soup is a staple in Japanese cuisine. In fact, it’s believed that on average, people in Japan eat it about once a day! Made from miso paste and traditional fish stock called “dashi,” this dish is best served when fresh and warm. Don’t forget to add tofu, if desired!

A Sprinkle of Furikake

Furikake

Furikake is a common household item in Japan. Many homecooks even them keep furikake in their spice cabinets at home and use it to flavor a variety of different foods. In the U.S., you might find furikake at an Asian market or festival. But today we’ll teach you how to make it yourself!

*Grown-up Note: If you only have raw sesame seeds at home, help your kids toast them in a skillet on low heat before preparing the rest of this recipe. Advise them to stir the seeds every minute or so until they become fragrant and lightly toasted. This should take about 7-8 minutes.

Pick Up Activity

You can look forward to some excitement with your special Compact Cutlery Set. Enjoy your meal even more with your very own fork, spoon, and pair of chopsticks. Take your pack with you anywhere you go. Not only does it hold the tools you need to eat your food, but it’s reusable (and good for the planet!).

Need some practice with your new chopsticks? No worries! We’ll have you mastering them in no time. First, find some (or all) of these items from around the house. Anything small or easy to grasp will do.

  • Erasers
  • Cereal
  • Candy
  • Buttons
  • Jewelry
  • Fish crackers
  • Tiny toys or doll pieces

Next, put all of the items into a pile between you. Then get ready to pick them up. Fastest wins!

Sesame Meatballs

Sesame Meatballs

Looking for a hearty finger food for a party or a small plate supper? Serve up a platter of these mini meatballs. Bake them first in the oven, then simmer in a honey garlic soy sauce on the stove or in a crockpot. We used ground beef and pork, but you can substitute ground lamb or turkey to suit your family's taste.

Kids Using Chopsticks

Kids Chopsticks Pro Feature

 

How to use chopsticks like a pro!
When you’re ready to eat up your noodle soup, try using your new giraffe chopsticks.

  1. Pop off the giraffe from the top. Hold one stick in the crook of your thumb with it resting on the third finger.
  2. Hold the other stick between your thumb and the first two fingers.
  3. Practice bringing the two sticks together as you pick up noodles.
  4. Eat the noodles in your soup with the chopsticks and slurp up the broth with a spoon
  • Helping Hand – if you have a hard time holding the chopsticks, slip the giraffe on the top so the sticks stay together. Try it both ways. Which is easiest for you?

Capable of reaching deep into boiling pots of water or oil, early chopsticks were used mainly for cooking. It wasn’t until A.D. 400 that people began eating with the utensils. This happened when a population boom across China sapped resources and forced cooks to develop cost-saving habits. They began chopping food into smaller pieces that required less cooking fuel—and happened to be perfect for the tweezers-like grip of chopsticks. – Hungry History

Kids Use Chopsticks Infographic

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Kids Worldwide Breakfasts

Breakfast Around World Featured

 

Children around the world enjoy very different food from those in the United States. We’re used to either cereal and milk or ham and eggs, while children in Japan enjoy rice, fish and miso soup. Kids in Brazil eat more familiar foods like cheese, bread and ham for breakfast.

Would you like to try bread, butter and chocolate sprinkles in the morning like kids do in Holland? How about tomatoes, cheese, spiced meats and olives like they do in Greece each day? Our friends down under in Australia eat a salty spread called vegemite on toast for their first meal of the day.

It could be fun to travel to other countries to see how others prepare their morning meals, but you can try these in your own kitchen if you’d like to see what it’s like to have worlds kids breakfast foods. In France kids love a breakfast of hot chocolate with hot croissants and butter with jam.

In many Latin American countries kids are used to having coffee with milk, just like their parents do, according to this NY Times magazine article, kids even have soured milk in Britain, Asian countries and in Africa. A child in southern India might have a breakfast dish called idli, made of fermented lentils & rice.

Here's What Kids Eat for Breakfast around the World

 

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Lunch Dice

Tip: Scan your fridge and kitchen cupboards and write down lunch ideas with the items that you have on hand.

Lunch Dice
Roll and get ideas for what to pack for lunch!

Make the dice:

  1. Print out this page 3 times (using “Download Here” link above). Cut along the dotted lines.
  2. Write a lunch idea in each circle (see ideas at right).
  3. Fold along the solid lines. Tape the dice together.
  4. Roll all three dice at once. Read the ideas on what to pack in your lunch!

Write lunch ideas: