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Take your tots on a gastronomic tour of the world with these four simple and satisfying international meals.

Beef and broccoli stir fry

Like most other aspects of Australian life, Australian food reflects the rich multicultural influences of its diverse population. Sure, meat pies and roast lamb are eaten in many a household, but equally comfortable are dinners of noodles, meatballs, curries and kebabs.

While you might be enthusiastic about the diversity of cuisines on offer in Australia, tempting your child with new flavours can be a challenge. Here are four easy-to-prepare recipes that are sure to tempt young tastebuds.

Beef and broccoli stir-fry

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
  • 4 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of beef stock
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 1 teaspoon of grated ginger
  • 1 clove of crushed garlic
  • 1 carrot, sliced thinly
  • 600 grams of lean rump steak
  • 1 teaspoon of cornflour
  • 1 packet of cooked egg noodles, to serve

Directions:

  1. Heat the oil in a large wok or frypan over a high heat and toss in the ginger and garlic. After 1 minute, pop in the beef and keep tossing until it seals and begins to brown.
  2. Next, toss in the vegetables, soy sauce, beef stock and cornflour and cook until the vegetables just begin to soften.
  3. Toss in the cooked egg noodles and serve.

Chicken tortillas

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet of tortillas
  • 1 barbecue chicken, shredded
  • 1 can of sweetcorn, drained
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 1/2 cup of grated cheese, to serve
  • Natural yoghurt, to serve

Directions:

  1. First, make a salsa by tossing together the corn, tomatoes, cucumber, lime and avocado in a small bowl.
  2. Shred the chicken and pop it in a bowl or on a plate next to the grated cheese and natural yoghurt.
  3. Warm the tortillas then put everything on the table for your family to make their own tortillas.

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