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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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

  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.

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