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Even Kids Can Make this Fried Rice For Dad
Photo: Liz Rueven

Even Kids Can Make this Fried Rice For Dad

I’ve got cooking with kids on my brain after this weekend’s first Southern CT Jewish Food Festival* in my hometown.

Now that we’re on the verge of Father’s Day, it’s a perfect time to think about involving your kids in the meal prep and festivities as you celebrate your favorite Dads.

Among our many offerings last weekend were chefs’ demos where attendees learned to make Roman Jewish style artichokes, dulce de leche babka and fried rice that was easy enough for young kids to make.

cooking kosher fried rice with kids
photo: Liz Rueven

When Ronnie Fein suggested that we hold a cooking demo for young kids it was a no brainer. We knew it was a great way to attract families whose little (or not so) want to get creative in the kitchen.

But how young was old enough to participate in making fried rice, loaded with colorful veggies and chopped scrambled egg?

I assisted as Ronnie taught attendees as young as four how to chop scallions, measure rice, break and scramble eggs, think flexibly about available ingredients and wok it all into a delicious and nutritious meal in one pan.

cooking kosher fried rice with kids
Photo: Liz Rueven

Moms looking for ways to help their kids contribute a side dish or main (chopped turkey optional) for Father’s Day lunch or dinner should consider this easy, kid-friendly recipe.

Imagine the pride on all faces as a little one presents his/her proud accomplishment. Even a four year old can help!

kosher fried rice cooking with kids
photo: Liz Rueven

*A bit more about our celebration of Jewish foods and sustainability held in Westport, CT on June 11, 2017:

Not only did we nosh with gusto at our first Southern CT. Jewish Food Festival but we only generated one bag of garbage in this zero waste event. All of the rest of our waste was recyclable or will be composted. We are so proud!

We also had the honor of hosting Jeff Yoskowitz, co-author of The Gefilte Manifesto, as our keynote speaker. If you haven’t seen this brilliant celebration and re-thinking about Ashkenazic foods, I recommend it highly.

And don’t forget to eat pickles and sauerkraut, and anything else fermented and loaded with probiotics, to enhance your health like your grandparents did.

Want to be convinced and maybe even consider borscht anew? Read The Gefilte Manifesto.

We also hosted an all star lineup of food vendors sharing samples and selling their chocolate, small batch cheese, pickles and kraut, Israeli salads, babkas and pulled brisket, among other irresistible noshes.

Ronnie Fein’s cookbooks are great inspiration for busy home cooks who want to keep it simple, healthy and kosher. Take a look at Hip Kosher and The Modern Kosher Kitchen.

cooking kosher fried rice with kids father's day
Photo: Liz Rueven

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