This week the kids were very hands on. I prepared the sesame chicken ahead of time but they cut all the vegetables to make the salads. They were very excited to be able to use their "claws" again to help protect their fingers and I got lots of comments about what pretty salads they made. Typically when I make this salad I let it sit for a couple hours so that the salad dressing has a chance to soak into the noodles a bit but it can be served immediately.
Because we had a quick recipe this week I thought it would be the perfect time to introduce the kids to a great game I recently found. FOODMOVES by FoodFun is a great way to talk about the food groups as well as work on meal building with your kids. I've been playing it for a couple months with my two at home but I really wanted to try it out on the Elementary kids. They LOVED it. We played several different games with the the one box and the kids had a great time categorizing the fruits, vegetables, proteins, and grain around the room as well as thinking up meals that include the various ingredients.
4 Chicken thighs or 2 breasts
2 teaspoons of sesame oil
1 green onion finely sliced
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
a pinch of salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Toss the chicken in the sesame oil and green onions. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place the chicken on top of the foil. Sprinkle sesame seeds and salt over chicken. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through. Allow to cool completely and slice or dice before tossing into the salad.
1/2 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed if possible
2-3 Tablespoons sesame oil
1 Tablespoon green onion, finely sliced
1 piece of crystallized ginger
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend. Or use a hand blender to combine the ingredients.
3 cups Asian egg noodles (like Ramen), cooked and cooled completely
1/2 English cucumber, diced
1 cup peppers, diced (used red, yellow, orange or a combination of all three)
1 cup snow peas, thinly sliced
1 mango, diced
1-2 cups of broccoli slaw (or shredded carrots)
1 recipe Sesame Chicken (Optional)
1 recipe of Sesame Dressing
Combine all ingredients in large bowl. For best flavour, allow the salad to sit, covered, for at least 1 hour refrigerated.
Recipe from Simple Gourmet