What is with kids not eating their vegetables?? It’s like they are pre-programmed to begin turning their nose up at anything green starting at toddlerhood. We are lucky our daughter will eat lettuce (if it’s doused in ranch dressing) and an occasional carrot. But that’s about it. I always feel a little bit embarrassed when my pediatrician asks me what kind of vegetables my kids are eating.
I am going to change my ways though. Vegetables are going to become a priority in our household! One of the ways I am doing this is by eating more Japanese food, because Japanese food naturally seems to use a lot of vegetables.
I started with tempura (天ぷら／てんぷら). You can use any leftover veggies in your fridge or seasonal vegetables to make tempura. You just dip sliced veggies in batter, deep fry a few minutes, and voila!! Add a bowl of rice and dinner is done. I followed the instructions posted by Maki at JustHungry.com (she gives very clear instructions). The only thing I did differently was to double the amount of flour I used (her version just seemed a bit too watery to me). Here’s the result:
It was really, really yummy. I sprinkled some sea salt on the sweet potatoes and they were just divine! Next time, I would love to fry up some shiso leaves, shrimp, and renkon (lotus root). Here’s my daughter’s plate:
She ate everything but the eggplant (nasu). Pretty successful, I would say. Even my toddler boy ate some diced up carrots and green beans.
There are many other ways to (try and) get your kids to eat vegetables using Japanese food. Keep checking back for more posts in the future! :)How do you sneak veggies into your kids’ tummies?
PS I apologize for the lack of posts recently. I feel like summer is slipping through my fingers and am trying to make the most of the last few weeks of short-sleeves, splash parks, and playgrounds… thus blogging has not been very enticing. You too?