Kid-Friendly Dinners from Around the World

Featured Article,For Moms,International Food
July 11, 2013

One woman's quest to bring global cuisine to the family table results in dinner deliciousness.
Global Table Adventures

sasha and ava eat with handsTake a free-spirited young woman accustomed to travel and eating all over the world, and tie her down in Tulsa, Okla., with a meat-and-potatoes husband and a baby daughter. In the movies, that kind of thing always ends badly. But not for Sasha Martin, the blogging mom behind Global Table Adventure. When traveling was no longer an option, she decided to cook her way around the world, one country at a time, and blog about her adventures. She began her nearly four-year project just as her daughter, Ava, started eating solid food. After cooking through 195 countries, she’ll finish off with Zimbabwe this fall. Husband Keith (a.k.a. “Mr. Picky”) and Ava have come to see cultures in a new light, and a tasty one at that.

Below you will find two of Sasha’s more exotic recipes that kids will enjoy. One for glazed orange coconut cake from a little Micronesian island called Kosrae, and another for Arroz con Pollo (Rice with Chicken) from Latin America. The others listed are our picks for family recipes that will get kids thinking globally.

—By Tamar Haspel, a food writer in Marsten Mills, Mass.

Glazed Orange Coconut Cake

Glazed Orange Coconut Cake

This orange-infused cake comes all the way to us from a little Micronesian island called Kosrae.

Arroz con Pollo (Rice and Chicken)

Arroz con Pollo (Rice with Chicken)

This chicken and rice is traditionally made in a paella pan, which can go gracefully from oven to table.

Chicken and Lamb Kebabs

Coriander-Spiced Chicken or Lamb Kebabs

Serve these superbly seasoned kebabs with Simple Lemon Yogurt Sauce.


Saag Paneer

Indian paneer (cheese) is a low-fat, mild, fresh cheese that will hold its shape in this creamy spinach mixture.

channa dal

Creamy Split Peas (Channa Dal)

This dal is mildly spiced and creamy and can accompany just about any Indian-style dish.

grilled chicken

Indian-Style Grilled Chicken

Indian spices provide a nice change-up for grilled chicken.

Coq au Vin Made Easy

Coq au Vin

This somewhat simpler take on the French classic will soon make it a dinner table tradition.


Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

This meal is so easy to make and it’s loaded with lean protein, veggies, and some added fruit for sweetness.

Mango Frozen Yogurt Pops

Mango Frozen Yogurt Pops

Inspired by mango lassi, a popular East Indian drink, these all-natural, healthy frozen yogurt pops are sure to be a hit among kids and adults alike.


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