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Picky Eater Meal: Hot Pot

Yes, this meal requires a fondue pot. If you don't have one, it's worth the investment (about $30 to $40). The sheer theatrics of family dunking will get the kids charged for the meal. Slurp up the flavorful broth at the end, too.

Prep time: 25 minutes

Total time: About 45 minutes to an hour

Serves: 4


1 lb soba noodles (udon or linguine can also be substituted)

1 (32-oz) box beef broth

2 thin slices unpeeled fresh ginger

2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed

1/2 yellow onion, peeled and left in one piece

1/3 lb uncooked chicken, diced small

1/3 lb uncooked pork and beef tenderloin, thinly sliced

1/3 lb peeled raw shrimp

1 cup bean sprouts

1 cup kabocha squash, thinly sliced

1 cup bok choy

1 cup shredded cabbage

1 cup firm tofu, cubed


  1. Cook the noodles according to package directions. Let cool to room temperature, then place in serving bowls.

  2. Combine the broth, ginger, garlic, and onion in a fondue pot on full heat, and bring to a boil.

  3. Cook small amounts of the remaining vegetables and the protein in the broth, then place on top of the noodles.