Sunday, January 22, 2012

Celebrate Chinese New Year With VH

My kids go to a very diverse school so they learn about many different cultures and traditions first hand and Chinese New Year is one of their favorites. They love learning about the Chinese zodiac and making decorations. They have taught me quite a bit about Spring Festival, as it's called in China. It is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays and this year January 23rd starts the year of the dragon.

Chinese New Year is a great time to add a little culture to dinnertime. When I want to mix things up and bring some culture to our meals, I talk about it with my boys and we go shopping together at the local Asian, Polish or Italian market to decide what we would like to try. My picky eater is much more receptive to trying new dishes when he has played a part in the decision-making process.

When I told them I wanted to make something special for Chinese New Year we decided to look at some recipes on the VH Sauces website and see what sounded good. We couldn't narrow it down to just one, so tonight we will be having Mandarin Chicken with Broccoli and tomorrow dinner will be Grilled Szechwan Pork Ribs. Both of these Asian-inspired recipes have big flavour but the ingredients are quite common so I won't even have to make a special trip to the Asian market.

VH Sauces make it easy to add big flavour to your meals but if you just don't have the time to cook, VH Steamers may be just what you need. These Asian-inspired meals can be found in the frozen food section at your grocery store. They use DuoTray SteamCooker technology to steam your meal to perfection while locking in flavour and preserving texture, all in under 5 minutes!

You can connect with VH on their facebook page for product info and delicious recipes.

To help you celebrate, VH Sauces is providing me with a Chinese New Year prize pack valued at $60 to give to one lucky reader. Enter using the rafflecopter form below.

*Disclosure – I am participating in the VH Chinese New Year Celebration program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of VH.  I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.
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70 comments:

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  2. One of my fave VH sauces is teriyaki but I like all of the ones I have tried.

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  3. introducing culture? trying recipes and discussing food and social mores during the meal. always fun to try new things.

    Happy Chinese New Year!

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  4. We take the kids out to restaurants and try new foods, and then later we recreate them at home.

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  5. One of our favourites is sweet and sour. I always have VH Sauces on hand.

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  6. We have stir-frys on occasion but our family is not very adventurous with our food and we could use a greater infusion of culture!

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  7. I like the Honey Sesame Chicken VH Steamer.

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  8. I try to introduce culture by trying new meals,chinese,italian,mexican etc..
    ksceviour at hotmail dot com

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  9. My favorite VH sauce is the cherry sauce..we use that on everything!

    ksceviour at hotmail dot com

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  10. We try foods from other cultures on a regular basis-some go over better than others

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  11. I really like the Honey Garlic cooking sauce.

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  12. BY introducing different dishes at dinner... one at a time. We have a rule that you must try everything once, so I make things I know they like and add one new thing.

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  13. By trying recipes of different cultures! so for St. Patrick Day we had a meal of Irish foods!

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  14. Love Sweet & Sour sauce!

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  15. we like the Red Curry Cooking Sauce
    Janette

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  16. my favourite is the teriyaki stir fry sauce


    bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com
    belinda mcnabb

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  17. My favourite is sweet and sour sauce.

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  18. I love to cook spicy indian food!

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  19. I have not tried VH steamers, but I would like to try the Zesty Orange Chicken

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  20. we always incorporate ethnic food in our dinners, this way they try everything!

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  21. we just like to try food from different places, i traveled alot when i was young so i usually have a story or 2 to go along with the food

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  22. i love all things teryiaki so that would be my favorite

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  23. We occasionaly eat chiense food, other than that, we dont introduce much culture,,would love to win this! karasceviour at hotmail dot com

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  24. My favorite VH sauce is the sweet n sour, karasceviour at hotmail dot com

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  25. Eat food from different cultures. Use different spices, have stir fry's, tacos, chinese :)

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  26. My fav VH steamer is Chicken Teriyaki

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  27. we introduce culture by having theme nights like mexican (tacos) or india (curry chicken)
    thanks
    flower_child_23(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  28. My favorite VH sauce is general tao stir fry sauce
    thanks
    flower_child_23(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  29. I try to introduce culture by trying new meals from all around the world.

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  30. I introduce culture by introducing a variety of foods and discussing them and their origins with my family. We also eat foods to celebrate various cultural holidays.

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  31. My favourite VH Sauce is the General Tao Stir-Fry Sauce

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  32. I start by starting to introduce different types of ingredients first and then see how that goes over before making full meals

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  33. I have a really cool set of spices from around the world so we often try new recipes...

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  34. one of our favorites is the honey garlic

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  35. one of our favorites is the honey garlic

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  36. I try to make different foods that they havent tried before
    reneetaylor at sympatico dot ca

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  37. I've been giving them all types of food since they were little so now it is second nature to them!

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  38. I LOVE to cook so I am constantly making all kinds of ethnic foods and b/c of this they love all kinds of foods and spices

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  39. We share our culture by digging right in :-)

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  40. General Tao stir fry sauce is my favorite

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  41. I always try to cook from a variety of cultures. Once a week we have japanese, italian, chinese etc... I like that it adds a variety to the norm.

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  42. My fave VH sauce is either Teriyaki or Honey Garlic... They are both sooo yummy!

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  43. My family loves TERIYAKI as always :)
    pierre.delossantos@ymail.com

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  44. I don't introduce much culture into our meals, but would love some ideas. We do however, try different sauces and dips with different foods!

    breej23 at hotmail dot com

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  45. I love the sweet and sour sauce!

    breej23 at hotmail dot com

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  46. I like to bring home recipes from places we have visited

    sweetpeg at gmail dot com

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  47. i read recipes on the web and then recreate them at home

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  48. We do different foods from different cultures each week. sometimes we even use chop sticks :)

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  49. sweet and sour sauce is my favorite!!!

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  50. I have a cook book that has ethnic food recipes in in we just pick form there once a week and try new stuff

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  51. I try new foods from time to time.

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  52. would like to enter this lovely giveaway

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  53. I try new dishes on my husband when he is too hungry to complain about what I am giving him. :)
    choochoopuppy(at)hotmail.com

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  54. Favourite sauce is the teriyaki stir fry sauce.
    choochoopuppy(at)hotmail.com

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  55. My favorite sauce is the sweet and sour cooking sauce. Makes yummy sweet and sour chicken or ribs in the slow cooker

    sweetpeg at gmail dot com

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  56. I'm always interesting in trying new food. I like to tweak dishes by adding a different seasoning or sauce.

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  57. I like the honey garlic sauce.

    tinalee351 at gmail dot com

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  58. we like to introduce culture particularly to our holiday meals by adding a special traditional side of some kind to our main meal, or making special traditional treats, baking, and desserts!
    tumyiix at gmail dot com

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  59. our family loves the VH sweet and sour sauce!
    tumyiix at gmail dot com

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  60. I try to have foods linked to traditional holidays of other cultures. It gives me an opportunity to try different foods at specific times of the year.

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  61. we add culture by sometimes eating chinese ,british indian food

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