We’ve been to so many fun places while participating in Around the World in 12 Dishes, and this month we landed in Greece.
I was excited; I love Greek food. Now, I just needed to find a way to introduce it to the girls in a way that they would get them excited to try.
I stumbled across this fantastic idea for a Bite-Sized Greek Salad from Cooking With My Kid and knew that with a few tweaks, it would be perfect for us.
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We started with some grape tomatoes, black olives, sliced cucumber, and feta cheese.
I showed the girls how to thread them on their toothpicks and put them to work.
They loved the assembly line we set up and threaded salad bite after salad bite.
One olive on the toothpick, one olive in the mouth. One tomato on the toothpick, one tomato in the mouth.
As with all of our food projects, I’ve learned that it works best to only introduce one new food at a time. This time, I was introducing feta cheese. It was much easier to get them to try it when it was combined with foods that they love, olives, tomatoes, and cucumbers.
Once the salad bites were complete, I dressed the salad with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The result was a light and refreshing snack (or side dish) that was gobbled down by everyone in the family. Success!
Would you like to participate? Here’s how:
Around the World in 12 Dishes
We had started our journey the same way Phileas Fogg did in London, UK, and now are arriving in Athens, capital of Greece!
- March 4 – First country was the UK
- April 1 – The second country was Sweden
- May 6 – The third country was Russia
- June 3 – The fourth country was India
- July 7 – The fifth country was Japan
- August 5 – The sixth country was Australia
- September 2 -The seventh country was French Polynesia
- October 7 – The eighth country was Mexico
- November 4 – The ninth country was Brazil
- December 2 – The tenth country was Morocco
- January 13 – The eleventh country is Greece
How to join the fun!
- The only mandatory part is the dish, the rest is all up to you, we just thought it would be fun and more concrete to the kids as to why we are making a unusual dish.
- Cook a dish from Greece: The goal is to explore this country through FOOD and activities if you wish. Make a typical dish (sweet or savoury) from the country with the kids, take photos and have fun!
- Typical dishes: Gyros, Souvlaki, Spanakopita, Baklava.
- Print your passport: Click here to download, comes with space for a photo of the child with the dish. Here is a little cover for it if you wish 🙂
- Color a placemat: Once colored/painted or whatever other way you want to do this, you can laminate it or put it between clear contact paper to use it over and over. Great conversation piece for you and your kids. Click here to download it.
- Make a craft: you can make a country related craft with the kids [optional!]
- Fun fact: Santa Claus is Greek. St Nicholas was a rich Greek that used to donate his money to the poor.
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