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Around the World in 5 Dinners

A week of international meals to make discovering new food fun for picky eaters.


One of my no-pressure New Year's resolutions this year was to expose Jade to new foods; I want her to enjoy everything the world has to offer, not just the same pasta and cheese day in and day out (even though I love my pasta and cheese!). If you've ever dealt with strong kid opinions at mealtime, you know the kind of frustration we've been struggling with lately.
To make this goal into an adventure rather than a battle of wills, I'm planning a special week of around-the-world meals to introduce her to new cultures and cuisines at the same time. Every day we'll explore a different country, complete with Spotify soundtrack and some fun facts. I'm hoping we'll have so much fun she won't have time to turn her nose up at the new foods I've snuck onto the dinner table!
Our tour will start in Thailand, with a turkey larb salad full of bright herbs and lime juice. Ground turkey is a familiar ingredient in our house (like in these classic turkey meatballs!), so this should be an easy way to start. Then we'll have a Taco Tuesday fiesta with slow-cooker pork tacos. I don't anticipate any complaints about the French croque monsieurs I've got planned for Wednesday. Who doesn't love a melty ham and cheese sandwich?! And my twist on a Spanish paella uses noodles, a family favorite, instead of rice in the saffron-tinted seafood bake. Finally, we'll head off to Morocco for a traditional tangine, basically a meat-and-vegetables braise served over couscous, to celebrate a week of eating well.
Stay tuned each day this week for a new recipe!

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