I'm always searching for new ways to get more vegetables into my kids. One day they love a dish and it's "the best thing I've ever eaten". A week later they are moaning and groaning while turning up their noses to the exact same dish. While it certainly keeps me on my toes, it can be so frustrating. How do you get kids to eat their vegetables?
Right now in our household it is all about giving them choices. A dish that is chock full of vegetables but allows each kid to pick their veggies of choice seems to be our new winning equation. My latest, and our current favorite "pick your own vegetation" dish is this incredible 5 Minute Sesame Ginger Noodle Bowl. You read it right; this meal is ready in only 5 minutes and will have children delighted to eat their own creations. Quick cooking angel hair rice noodles are the base for this super quick noodle bowl. All that's left to do is open as many packages of prepared vegetables as you'd like to create a vegetable buffet. In our house we have one simple rule, pick as many vegetables as you'd like but you must choose at least three. This rule helps insure that each of my kids is forced to put together a nutritionally rich bowl. The simple act of giving them the choice of what goes into their noodle bowl keeps them excited to eat it up!
In the past sauces for Asian dishes such as this Sesame Ginger Noodle Bowl have been a bit of a headache when I simply want a quick and easy dinner. Peeling and grating ginger, toasting sesame seeds, mincing garlic, a dash of 5 different ingredients, a drizzle of this, a pinch of that. Making a great sauce turns into an ordeal. Skip it, skip it all! Litehouse's Toasted Sesame Ginger Dressing is the perfect sauce for a quick noodle bowl. Tons of fresh Asian flavors without all of the mess. I don't think I could whip up a better sauce even if I tried, so I simply pop open a bottle of the dressing and top off everyone's noodle bowl with a drizzle. Be sure to toss any leftover noodles in some dressing before storing in the fridge to insure your noodles don't turn into a block of starch!
Eat this 5 Minute Asian Noodle Bowl cold and vegetarian style or toss it in a hot pan right before serving with some sliced chicken breast for a heartier version. Any way you serve it be sure to make it fun! Oh and ah as the kids put their noodle bowls together, encourage colorful veggie combinations, and of course... Teach them how to properly slurp up their noodles! My kids enjoyed this dinner so much they were excited for round two the next day at lunchtime.