Naturally, my kids' favorite part of prepping this meal was pounding the pork loins. They also took turns dipping the pork loins into the egg and flour mixture. For kids, there is something so satisfying about getting your hands messy and it's what you're supposed to do! 🙂
While your kids are helping out, you can also pause to discuss which FOOD GROUP each ingredient belongs to and share some fun facts about this meal's featured ingredient: PORK.
🐖 food groups1🐖
- Fruits: lemon
- Veggies: tomatoes2, cucumber, arugula, garlic
- Grains: panko bread crumbs, flour
- Protein: pork, eggs
- Dairy: cheese
1For information about food and health, go to ChooseMyPlate.gov.
2Tomatoes are classified by botanists as fruit, but nutritionally and legally they are considered veggies.
🐖 pork 🐖
- Pork (the flesh of a pig or hog) is consumed more than any other animal protein in the world.
- Pork is high in protein. Protein helps build, maintain and replace the tissues in our bodies.
- Many cuts of pork are leaner than they used to be. In fact, a pork tenderloin is as lean as a skinless chicken breast.
- Bacon is one of the oldest meats, dating back to 1500 B.C.
Here are some creative ways for your kid to be your personal Sous Chef as you make our Pork Milanese & Lemon Arugula Salad. Simply hover over each image for details. Make sure your little dudes wash their hands before starting!
To prepare the pork loins, kids can:
We like to use this cool, reversible Meat Mallet.
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To assemble the salad, kids can:
For chopping, we absolutely love this Curious Chef Kid-Friendly Knife!
*Note: For toddlers especially, these tasks require adult supervision and/or assistance, as items may be sharp, hot or otherwise dangerous.