Besides, when we go out, I am really appalled by the limitation of the children's menu. It invariably offers: macaroni & cheese, grilled sandwich, chicken nuggets, hot-dog or/and pizza. Why? Tell me why?
I know that we want our children to eat and behave, i.e. avoid the food-throwing and/or tantrum that could go along with new food... but please, there is always something else on the menu that a child could eat, no? And in the country of doggy bags, if your child does not eat all of her appetizer/entree, you can always take it back with you... so why persist with the children's menu? As a matter of fact, I don't think French restaurants have children's menu : you just pick from the regular menu!! And they definitively don't offer doggy bags!
Me being me, if I go out, I want to try food that I don't generally cook... Going out is a new experience...and I want it to be the same for my children. So where do we go when we go out with our children? Cela dépend. It depends why we are going out. If it's because we are celebrating something that is important to them, we go to the places they like, that is to say: having a hamburger/hot dog and French fries with ketchup! If we have guests and want something
Because I don't enjoy eating something that I can make myself with ingredients I control (yes, that's me: an ingredients control-freak!!), I have started to cook the food my children like when we go for hamburgers or pizza : sauteed potatoes, hot dogs, pizza, etc.
French people eat a lot of breaded turkey/veal/chicken breasts (escalope de dinde/veau/poulet panée) together with breaded fish (poisson pané). While the traditional way of breading meat is to dip it in flour, then in eggs+ milk, then in bread crumbs, I have started my own breading recipe. I use plain yogurt (for dampness) mixed with wholegrain Dijon mustard (for spiciness). I started using the Japanese plain Panko crumbs (for flakiness) and cook the breaded meat in the oven (for healthiness). It's an easy-to-make recipe (for success). It's fun; it's good; it's different! Bon Appétit!
- Turkey breast, thinly cut (to speed up cooking time)
- 1 cup (250 ml) whole milk plain yogurt
- Dijon Mustard (preferable whole grain)
- Panko crumbs (or bread crumbs)
My Personal Comments:
- Preheat oven to 350 F (160 C)
- In a bowl, mix the yogurt and Dijon mustard and salt (to taste).
- Dip the meat into the yogurt mixture, coating all sides.
- Then dip into the Panko crumbs. Be generous!
- Put on a baking dish.
- Cook in the oven for about 15-20 minutes (or until the meat is properly cooked)
- If your children are not used to spicy food, just add a teaspoon of mustard to give it some flavor. Add more if your family can eat more spicy. I think that I used about 3 Tb for us.
- You have to be generous withe bread crumbs.