Happy Chinese New Year! In honor of the Year of the (water) Dragon, we honored our many Chinese friends by celebrating with our own Chinese "feast". Around the dinner table, we ate under lanterns, told riddles, learned about the holiday, tried eating with chopsticks, and shared fortune cookies. I admit it, one of our guilty pleasures has been Chinese "take out" food every now and then, and not always the healthy choices at the restaurant either (it all tastes so good!). So in keeping with our family challenge for more healthy eating, we tried our hand at making some of our Chinese food favorites at home. We ate oranges, made noodles, made little egg rolls, a different version of sweet and sour chicken (the kids love that dish...so we had to try to make it ), and something absolutely new to commemorate healthy eating in the new year....
Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps:
(Recipe can be found in "Cooking With Meaning".)
We had a lot of fun cooking together, honoring and learning about the Chinese culture, and finding some new healthy foods. We found the following web site very helpful in beginning our search for Chinese food recipes, learning about the Chinese culture, and learning about the significance of food on this day:
May 2012 be a lucky year for you!