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Get Your Kids to Eat Their Veggies with Japanese Food, Pt.2

26 Aug

Here is the curry (カレー)I made for dinner last night. This is my daughter’s pink plate, and I could not get a very appetizing picture of the curry on it 😦 I promise it was good. Please click on one of the following links to see more appetizing pictures of curry (with accompanying recipes):

1. Japanese Chicken and Vegetable Curry by fuss free cooking

2. Kare (Japanese Curry) by Closet Cooking

3. Homemade Japanese Curry Rice by No Recipes

Hungry for some now? Good! Because Japanese curry is a great way to get your daily dose of veggies. If you’ve never made Japanese curry before, the S&B website has a great step-by-step picture tutorial (in Japanese) for how to make delicious curry. I believe most grocery stores these days carry boxes of Japanese curry in their Asian sections. There should be instructions on the back written in English. It’s really easy. I’ve never tried, but I bet you could even make curry in a crock-pot.

Some of the classic vegetables used in curry are: potatoes, carrots, and onions.

ButΒ  I think almost any veggie would be great in a curry– broccoli, zucchini, peas… the possibilities are exciting! I also like to add some chopped apples if I’m going for a sweet curry. When I was a child, my mother let us sprinkle American cheese on top of our hot curry and we thought that was the best thing ever. What are some of your favorite ingredients to put in Japanese curry?

If your child doesn’t like “seeing” veggies in his meals, it’s easy to take some of the curry and puree vegetables with it. Since the curry is brown, your child will never know what you put inside!

Curry is a very popular dish in Japan, maybe comparable to Spaghetti&Meatballs in the U.S.A. Many children will say that it is their favorite meal. There’s been some cute songs and cartoons made about curry too! (Click HERE for a cute one from γŠγ‹γ‚γ•γ‚“γ¨γ„γ£γ—γ‚‡).

My mom makes curry bread (カレーパン) with leftover curry. You just put a spoonful of curry inside some bread dough (Rhodes dough), dredge in egg, cover in panko, and deep-fry until the bread is cooked through. It is so good! You could also use leftover (or new) curry to top udon or tonkatsu. Yum, yum! カレーだいすき!


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