It is very important to introduce kids to different types of foods as they grow up, to ensure they are exposed to a wide variety of tastes, ingredients and nutrients. Fortunately, as Parents.com points out, spicy foods can be eaten by young kids as soon as they are able to eat regular table food. As such, the challenge becomes making spicy food that children will be enticed to eat because it looks tasty and inviting. Read on if you are interested in hearing the best tips of how to make spicy food for kids.
Do not make it too spicy
Try using fewer hot peppers when making Mexican food. For example, you can use jalapeno peppers instead of red chillies, habaneros or other spicy chillies. In your supermarket, you can select a mild taco kit or mild hot sauce if you are concerned that too much spice will be a turn off to your children. However, you might be shocked by how much your kid loves spicy foods once they first try it.
Make it fun
Children love testing the limits and it will make it fun for them to try mom or dad’s ‘extra spicy’ recipe. Adding spicy flavors will make your food more exciting to your kids and will make spicy food available that they will eat. Remember that people eat with their eyes, so consider a fun presentation to go along with your dish such as a bread bowl for spicy chili.
Try old favorites
Children tend to be creatures of habit and like the routine of similar foods. To accommodate this, try making a spicy spin on your famous meatloaf, penne bolognese, or any other recipe your kids are accustomed to. People often like familiar foods best so use this tactic if you are expecting to serve food to a picky eater!
Also try world flavors
There are plenty of fun and exciting international cuisines to entice your young ones, such as Indian, Chinese, Thai or even Japanese. Children will have heard of these foods and will be curious to see what they are all about. Allow your children to explore these unique flavors. They will want to eat it.
As you can see, getting your kids to eat spicy foods is not that difficult. This article provides many useful tips to make spicy food even children can eat, and though it is not exhaustive, it represents a great start for people experimenting with this style of cooking. So happy cooking and enjoy exposing your children to spicy food and exciting flavors!