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The Olympics provides such a great natural learning opportunity. We can use this event to teach our kids about the importance of working hard and diligently, world geography, and cultural traditions. Creating an Olympic dinner is a great way to let children experience a small part of another culture.
The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in South Korea. My kids watch the news, so they have heard of North Korea, but they were not very familiar with South Korea. We talked a bit about the differences between the two countries.
I cooked up a super easy Korean dinner one night. It was quick enough for a weeknight. My kids loved every bite, so I thought I would share it.
Olympic Dinner for Kids
I have never been to Korea, but many of my military friends have spent some time in this interesting country, so I turned to them for dinner suggestions. Their ideas were perfect.
Beef Bulgogi – This beef bulgogi recipe combines thin slices of flank steak and a quick marinade to produce a delicious dish that falls apart with a fork. The brown sugar (I subbed coconut sugar) adds just enough sweetness without it becoming overly sweet. If you like heat, add more red pepper. The recipe was perfect for my kids, but my husband added a bit more spice to his plate. The best thing about this recipe is that it cooks in under 4 hours in the crock pot! I love crock pot recipes that don’t require me to prep ingredients before coffee.
Jasmine rice – The Instant Pot always seems to make perfect rice without me needing to stand over a pot on the stove. We usually make brown rice, but jasmine rice was recommended with the bulgogi. The kids loved it. My husband and I chose to have our bulgogi over cauliflower rice, so that is another option if you want to sneak in a veggie.
Pot Stickers – A friend with South Korea experience suggested I serve pot stickers as a side dish. I took the easy way out and bought pot stickers from the freezer section of my grocery store. They were made with real ingredients and my kids devoured them.
These South Korean dishes were all a hit with my children. They are now asking if we can go to a Korean restaurant for dinner. Instead, I think we will try branching out to a few more Korean dishes.
Cucumber Kimchi – Cucumber kimchi is a sweeter flavor than traditional kimchi made with cabbage. I wanted to make this for our Olympic dinner, but couldn’t find small cucumbers. Next time they show up at my grocery store, I’m making this recipe.
Mochi – This ice cream treat is a unique twist on our standard American ice cream dessert. There are a plethora of mochi recipes on Pinterest, but I will probably just buy mochi from the ice cream aisle at my grocery store. This would be a perfect treat to eat while watching the Olympic opening ceremony.
What is your favorite Korean dish?
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