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:
Pound pork with a Meat Mallet*
Kids love this job!
Measure and combine dry ingredients
Kids can explore each spice's odor, color and texture.
Crack and whisk together eggs
Kids can use a large egg shell piece to help grab any little shells that broke off into the egg bowl.
Coat pork loins with egg and dry mixture*
Kids will love getting their hands dirty for this task!
We like to use this cool, reversible Meat Mallet.
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To assemble the salad, kids can:
Pat dry the tomatoes with a towel after rinsing.
Help slice veggies *
Measure out arugula and combine with other veggies
Tell kids to squeeze your lemon upside down so the seeds don't fall into the juice.
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.