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As we gear up for back-to-school, one of the things that we like to prepare is our kitchen!
Lunches will be an essential part of our school routine and making sure we have the right foods in stock and ready including healthy, school-friendly snacks and breakfast options are a must.
Despite the hectic schedules our family’s lives may bring (which will be even more busy once the school months return!), I make it a point to have my family sit together for dinner each night. I know that may be wishful thinking with our schedules, but if I can make it happen at least 3x a week, I’m a happy mom.
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Cooking together is another very important plan I enjoy seeing materialize, and one that I know reaps many benefits when it comes to my children and their eating habits.
It’s proven that having my kids involved in the cooking and prep process when it comes to their meals makes them even more enthusiastic to eat it all up. This is why I like to involve them quite often, and especially when I’m preparing their school lunches.
Cooking with my kids also teaches them how much care and love goes into food preparation and opens up the dialogue on the nutritional benefits particular foods bring.
One dish I like to prepare with them, and that my children absolutely love to eat, is Japanese Katsudon.
Katsudon is a combination of tonkatsu (deep fried breaded pork cutlet), on top of rice and cooked with onion, egg in a dashi sweet soy sauce.
It’s a fairly quick dish to put together, especially if the breaded cutlets are made in advance.
The name “katsu-don” came from the words, “tonkatsu” (deep fried breaded pork cutlet), and “donburi” (large bowl).
It is one of many popular Japanese dishes and considered one of their true comfort foods and after trying it you’ll understand why. You can also use chicken in replacement of the pork which we do often here as well.
I love making this with the kids in the kitchen because it’s easy to make, in fact, the tonkatsu (breaded cutlet) can be made in advance and frozen in the freezer before creating this dish.
This makes it a great option if you are looking for a quick dinner or lunch — simply reheat in oven and serve with rice and veggies! Tonkatsu is also great for sandwiches (like the Japanese version of the schnitzel).
Speaking of lunch, these make great school lunches too! The kids love when they have katsu-don packed for their lunches and I’m always happy their lunch boxes come home empty.
Enjoy the recipe below and let me know if you get a chance to try it! Omeshi agari kudasai (Please help yourself)!
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