A great way to introduce new foods and new cultures into your family meals is to use all the special ‘Days’ or ‘Months’ on our National Calendar. A quick google search provides some great examples. I found out February is National Potato Month, Fabulous Florida Strawberry Month, North Carolina Sweet Potato Month and National Pancake Day. http://www.squidoo.com/Food-Holidays
Use the occasion to make a little celebration!
- Read a book to your child about the featured food.
- Have your child draw the food, where it comes from or how it is prepared
- Select a recipe with your child to dine on the honored food!
- Discuss what it taste like.
To get you started, in celebration of National Pancake Day, IHOP is offering free shortstacks of pancakes today from 7am – 10pm. They are asking that customers consider a donation to a local children’s hospital through Children’s Miracle Network or other local non-profits.