Little ones may enjoy the measuring and pouring that comes with making this dish’s delicious Teriyaki sauce. My daughter especially loved pouring the honey into the sauce (and tasting it, naturally!).
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: BOK CHOY.
- Bok Choy is a member of the cabbage plant family.
- From planting to harvesting, bok choy grows in as little as 1-2 months.
- Bok Choy was originally grown and produced in China, but now it is grown in other countries too.
- Boy Choy is considered a Superfood. Superfoods are natural foods that are packed with lots of nutrients and vitamins. They support your health in a major way and some even work to fight disease.
Here are some creative ways for your kid to be your personal Sous Chef as you make our Teriyaki Salmon with Baby Bok Choy. Simply hover over each image for details. Make sure your little dudes wash their hands before starting!
To prepare the teriyaki sauce, kids can:
Measure & pour all ingredients into the pot (except honey)
This is a great moment to lightly explain cooking measurements. Consider: how 3T < 4T and 1/2 c > 1/3 c OR how 1 T = 3 t and 1 c = 16 T
Measure & add the honey
You can explain how honey is called a 'supercooled liquid' because when it gets really cold, instead of freezing (like water), it just gets thicker and slower moving.
Whisk together & add the water/cornstarch mix
It's cool to watch the sauce thicken with the addition of cornstarch.
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🍴Veggies & Rice Noodles🍴
To make the veggie/noodle mixture, kids can:
BRING WATER TO A BOIL
This teaches kids to pay attention to the stovetop and see what happens to water when it gets that hot. Yay science!
Let kids decide if noodles are done. Hungry toddlers love this job!
Kids Chop & Shred Veggies
The bok choy is easy to cut and it doesn't matter what shape it takes. Monitor your kids as they shred the carrots. Once a carrot is halfway shred, you may want to take over.
Measure and add veggies to pan
We’re big fans of these kid-friendly knives.
To cook the salmon, kids can:
PAINT THE PAN WITH Sesame OIL
A pastry or basting brush is fun to use.
Monitor salmon as it cooks
This is a good opportunity to teach kids about cooking temperatures.
*Note: For toddlers especially, these tasks require adult supervision and/or assistance, as items may be sharp, hot or otherwise dangerous.