Kid-Friendly Mango Curry

September 06, 2021

Parents hold a secret to getting kids to eat--cut food into small shapes and place those shapes into other forms. Think of this maneuver as a culinary version of theMelissa & Doug classic shape sorting cube. The bento box is a perfect, organized receptacle that is portable for school lunches, snacks, or meals. Make this versatile recipe (sweet, savory, salty!) according to yourfood preferences.

Curry Ingredients

  • 1 protein (2-4 chicken breasts or 16 oz. of thick extra-firm tofu steaks)
  • 8 oz. frozen package of mango
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1-2 tsp. fresh ginger root
  • 1 garlic clove  
  • 1 ½ Tbs. yellow curry powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 ½ cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 15-oz can coconut milk
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt
  • pepper

Optional dipping sauce: Cilantro Yogurt Sauce

  • 1 Tbs. lemon juice
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro
  • 8 oz. plain yogurt (dairy or non-dairy)

Optional sides

  • naan flatbread
  • cooked rice (brown or white)
  • apples  


Prepare the protein in an oiled skillet, thoroughly cooked and browned. Remove the protein and cut it into cubes. Meanwhile, sauté the yellow onion in that skillet with the oil and drippings. Salt and pepper the protein and onions to taste.

Add the cut protein back into the pan with minced garlic, grated ginger, a pinch of cinnamon, a shake of red pepper flakes, yellow curry powder, mango, and stock. Add about half the can of coconut milk. Allow it to simmer and bubble, marinating and filling your home with a yummy aroma.

Use your imagination about arranging the options in a bento box. Serve the mango curry with naan and cilantro yogurt sauce, or the recipe with rice.

As a side,  cut an apple with a mandoline and then use a cookie cutter to create fun shapes in the apple slices. Sprinkle with lemon juice, monk fruit, and cinnamon.

Here’s to healthy and filling foods.

Tricia Louvar l Mukha Yoga

By Tricia Louvar; All Rights Reserved @2021

Tricia Louvar l Mukha YogaBy Tricia Louvar; All Rights Reserved @2021

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