Getting kids to try new foods can be a daunting task—while adults often love the flavors and textures of different cuisines, it’s precisely those things that can turn off little taste buds. But it’s important to introduce children to new flavors and ingredients to expand their palate. In fact, with a little guidance in choosing the right dishes and a few kid-friendly swaps, various ethnic foods can be easily worked into your everyday meal rotation. Give these recipes a try and have fun teaching your children about new cultures.
Mu Shu Chicken Lettuce Boats: Asian cuisine is popular with kids—and these lettuce boats are a fun, healthy dinner option for the whole family to enjoy.
Greek Kabobs with Dill Yogurt Dressing: For a quick no-cook snack or appetizer, go with these colorful kebabs. Packed with classic Greek flavors, like feta cheese and kalamata olives, the kebabs are delicious dipped in the dill yogurt dressing or even just balsamic vinegar.
Spanish Paella With Brown Rice: This Spanish favorite is an easy one-dish meal the whole family will love. Classic paella dishes rely on chorizo to add flavor, but you can swap in chicken sausage for a healthier alternative.
Vegetarian Korma: This korma is mild and a good starting point for kids who are new to Indian food. Cinnamon, raisins, and yogurt are added to the classic recipe to provide a sweet, creamy touch.
Tiramisu Bars: Tiramisu is a delicious Italian dessert—and this bar version is fun to make with kids. It calls for decaf coffee for a flavor punch without the caffeine. (Though you can switch to regular if you’re having an adults-only night!)