Includes Six Delicious Recipes
Honey Soy Chicken Kebabs with Caprese Salad
Skewers are delicious either broiled in the oven or grilled – either way rewards you with a quick and tasty summer dinner on the table in under 30 minutes. Our chicken thighs are perfectly tender and are bursting with the flavor of sweet honey and savory soy sauce – a winning combination (for a kick, add crushed red chili flakes or Sriracha to the marinade). Sweet and juicy nectarines round out a fresh Caprese salad, drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette. Kids will have fun creating a colorful pattern with the slices of tomato and nectarine and layering with mozzarella and basil leaves.
Grilled Asian Marinated Steak in Lettuce Wrap
Asian marinades typically contain soy sauce and a sweetener, like honey or mirin (a Japanese sweetened rice wine). This recipe is similar to our South Korean Bulgogi but instead of chicken, we use lean flank / skirt steak instead of fattier cuts. Pan seared or grilled to perfection, thinly sliced, and placed on top of crunchy and fresh lettuce wraps, it is a perfect dish for anytime of the year! Peppery radishes garnish the wraps and a tangle of rice vermicelli / rice provides the perfect vehicle for sopping up any delectable steak sauce. Top with crushed red chili flakes or any combination of fresh herbs for extra flavor (optional).
Grilled Salmon and Kale Caesar Salad
Traditionally Caesar salad is made with romaine lettuce, but we shake it up by using hearty and fibrous Tuscan kale for a healthy and filling dinner salad. We shred the kale into ribbons and toss it with a savory Caesar dressing, toasted pine nuts, scallions, and currants. We top it with sautéed/ grilled blackened rubbed salmon, which is rich in omega-3s and powerful antioxidants, and presto! You have a superfood "traditional" Caesar salad. Be sure to massage the kale (a fun activity for kids!) so that the kale tenderizes and absorbs the dressing.
Summer Peach Cobbler
Is there anything more Summery than a peach cobbler? Cobblers can be baked or stewed on a stove top, made with dried, canned or fresh fruit - but they are always topped with batter or biscuits! It was the creation of early American settlers from Europe who adapted their traditional pie recipes to local ingredients and harsher living conditions. Settlers moving West didn't have ovens, so they improvised by layering fruit into a Dutch oven, topping it with batter/ biscuits and cooking it over an open fire. Serve our hint of nutmeg peach cobbler with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream (optional, but strongly recommended!).
Köttbullar (Swedish meatballs)
Sweden’s most famous dish must be Köttbullar / Swedish meatballs! Its popularity increased when the Swedish company, Ikea, started introducing it to the world at their stores. However, these meatballs did not originate in Sweden - the dish was based on a recipe that King Charles XII of Sweden brought back from Turkey in the early 18th century!
Renskavspanna (“Reindeer” Straganoff)
Renskavspanna has its root in the Sámi culture (one of the oldest indigenous people in northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia) where thin slices of frozen reindeer meat are fried in a pan with wild mushrooms. Traditionally renskav was a winter dish cooked over an open fire and made from frozen reindeer meat that had been buried in the snow. In our recipe, instead of reindeer we use semi-frozen beef ribeye steak that is thinly sliced/shaved and cook it in a mushroom sauce without compromising the taste!
Ärtsoppa with Pannkakor (pea soup with Swedish pancakes)
Thursday in Sweden is Ärtsoppa & Pannkakor day (pea soup with pancakes)! This classic has been a Thursday staple for Swedes for as long as it can remembered. There are many stories as to why Ärtsoppa & Pannkakor are always served on Thursdays. One is that Catholics in the middle ages made this dish on a Thursday to eat a filling meal before the Friday fast. Traditionally this Swedish pea soup is cooked in salted ham hock / pork knuckle but in our version, we made it vegan without any meat products. It is still as good especially when you are rewarded after with Pannkakkor, served with whipped cream and preserves!
Each Explorer Box Includes
(4 servings each)
3 popular dishes from each country with easy-to-follow instructions for chefs ages 5 and up
Sourced Non-Perishable Ingredients
unique seasonings that will transform fresh ingredients into a cultural culinary experience
explorer guide designed by educational experts that teaches your budding chef about culture, history, and food traditions of your chosen destination
Educational Activity Sheets
make learning fun with interactive word puzzles, math problems, and thematic quizzes
Fun Cooking Tools
start your collection of fun cooking tool(s) for your budding chef that will come in handy for all of your culinary explorations
remember the destinations you’ve visited on your culinary adventures with our eat2explore passport with country stickers and country flag pins from around the world
take control over your meals by choosing fresh, local ingredients that satisfy your family’s dietary preferences and/or restrictions
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There are 3 ways to participate: (1) explore a country (1 or 3 countries), (2) explore a continent (4 countries), or (3) explore the world (12 countries). With every package, you will receive a new country box each month. With one country box, you can try us without any obligations. The longer your package, the greater the discount!
Every month you will receive a new explore box complete with: 3 easy-to-follow recipes, our pre-measured spice/sauce mixes for each recipe, shopping list, explore country brochure, activity sheet, country sticker, flag pin and a fun collectible.
The recommended age for our explore box is 5 years old or older.
Our ingredients are handled in facilities that process milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soy, gluten, and sulfites. We recommend you use your best judgment when considering dietary restrictions, but you can easily modify recipes by omitting ingredients you’d like to avoid. To help you make as informed a decision as possible, all of our sauces or spice mixes include a breakdown of ingredients and any of the eight major allergens as recognized by the FDA are clearly identified.
The countries change periodically. Some of the countries included are: France, Spain, Italy, Greece, USA, China, Japan, India, Mexico, Singapore, Israel, Morocco, Lebanon, Ethiopia and Brazil.