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!
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*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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