Be careful people! I’m going to give you a recipe my 5 year old made!
I was so excited when I was asked to create a recipe using Monterey Gourmet Foods products. They don’t suit me at all. Not only do they use natural, high-quality ingredients with a world flavor, they also want me and my kids to cook together to create recipes. I have two little sous chefs (5 and 2) and you’d be surprised how much they can do in the kitchen! We tried several different products and my kids did most of the cooking. I’m pretty much limited to cutting and doing anything that might make them burn. In fact, my 5 year old son realized we had switched places and I was his sous chef! The best part of getting your kids heavily involved in cooking is that they’re almost always willing to taste the end product to see what they’ve created.
We got 4 products: ravioli, macaroni, dumplings and pierogi. Getting the kids to eat ravioli and macaroni is a piece of cake, so I decided to drop the challenge with the kids and introduce them to something new. Since my 5 year old loves soup lately, I challenged him to make soup with Korean style mandu dumplings. We talked about how his grandpa lived in Korea for two years and how his great-grandfather served in Korea during the war. This helped him see his connection to food. The food is just that amazing. You can bring the world to your table!
We discussed the flavors they use in Korea and came up with this awesome dish. It’s easy enough for a 5 year old, and it’s actually pretty quick too! The whole process was completed in less than 10 minutes. The real test is when eating. Can a 5 year old and a 2 year old really eat Korean soup? Indeed it is! The broth was rich and flavorful, perfectly complementing the unique flavors of the dumplings, and even though it was a new endeavor, my little picky eaters ate it up because after all, they are chefs!
1 teaspoon sesame oil
3 tbsp sliced shallots
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
3 cups beef broth
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 (16 oz) package Monterey Food Chicken Mandu Dumplings
4 bok choy
1. Heat sesame oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
2. Add 2 tbsp shallots (reserve 1 tbsp for garnish), minced garlic, minced ginger and red pepper flakes and fry for 1 minute.
3. Pour in the beef stock and soy sauce and bring to a boil.
4. Add the dumplings and cook for 1 minute.
5. Turn to low heat and add Chinese cabbage. Cover and steam for 2 minutes.
6. Serve the dumplings in a shallow bowl with the cabbage and a ladle full of broth. Top with reserved sliced scallions for garnish.
Monterey Gourmet Foods also makes pierogis, stuffed penne and several different flavors of ravioli that are of very good quality.