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1. Carrot

One of the typical hated vegetables by kids is carrots. The main reason why kids hate them is their strong smell.

Mom’s solutions!!

The most popular potage soup in Japan is corn potage, which creamy taste is kids favorite. So one of mom’s solutions is to make carrot potage. It lessens strong smell and let carrot sweet.

This is a recently quite popular dish from Okinawa, named “Ninjin-Shirishiri”, funny name. “Ninjin” means carrot in Japanese. “Shirishiri” means julienning in Okinawa dialect. The recipe is easy. Cut carrot into fine strips and fry it with egg and some seasoning. Often canned tsuna is fries together as it releases good soup. Many children overcome carrot with this recipe.

Baking carrot cake is also a good ideas. Kids might not notice that their dislike vegetable is inside…

2. Pimento

Which vegetable you hated when you were a child? If this question is asked, many of us would answer this, “Pimento!!”. The reason why kids hate pimentos is absolutely its bitterness.

Mom’s solutions

The popular recipe with pimento for kids is “Kinpira with pimento and chirimen-jako”. Kinpira is one of the traditional Japanese cooling styles. The reason why kids can eat pimentos by this dish is that it goes super well with rice!!!

Kinpira (金平 or きんぴら?) is a Japanese cooking style that can be summarized as a technique of “sauté and simmer”. It is commonly used to cook root vegetables such as carrot, gobō and lotus root, seaweeds such as arame and hijiki and other foods including tofu and wheat gluten (namafu), and even meat (chicken, pork, beef).

The dish features the use of soy sauce and mirin, as well as often slivered chili peppers.

“Chirimen jako” is Japanese traditional kind of seasoning. It is an amount of small fish which was boiled in salted water and dried. It’s very salty, but it releases good soup when cooked with other vegetables or meat.

Pimento meatball inside. This is very popular dish in Japan even for kids. Though the main ingredient is meat, it might be better to choose ketchup as source for kids. Ketchup taste is kids favorite and it will lessen the bitterness of pimento.

3. Onion

We have many people even among adults who cannot eat onions because of its smell and its hotness. For such people, the best way is to make onion sweety!

Mm’s solutions

The best way to “hide” onions is to put them in hamburg, which is one of the best popular dish among boy and men in Japan.

Hamburg (ハンバーグ hanbāgu?, Hamburg steak)[4] is a popular Salisbury steak dish in Japan. It is made from ground meat with finely chopped onion, egg and breadcrumbs flavored with various spices, and made into a flat, circular shape about a centimeter thick and 10 to 15 cm in diameter. Many restaurants specialize in various styles of hamburger steak.[5] Some variations include hanbāgu topped with cheese (チーズハンバーグ, or chizuhanbāgu), hanbāgu with Japanese curry, and Italian hanbāgu (with tomato sauce rather than gravy).[6]

Another way to “hide” onions is to put them into potage. As you know, onions are helpful when we want to sweeten the taste. So for example, add onions into potato potage like this photo would be nice for kids!!

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