Country we are exploring: Austria

Continent: Europe

Capital: Vienna

Population: 8.5 million

Official Language(s): German

Fun Fact: Austria has one of the oldest national flags in the world and was created in 1230 in order to separate the nation from the powerful, expanding Roman Empire.

English Recipe Name: Sausage

Name of recipe in native country: Bratwurst

Type of dish: Main meal

Recommended season or holiday: Picnics, Fourth of July, Labor Day

Serving Size: 4 people

Ingredient Spotlight: Cabbage

Cabbage is full of fiber, which helps the body retain water and also maintain the food digestion process. This fiber also allows the body to better maintain regular daily functions.

Tools:

  • Large Pot
  • Cheese grater

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil2 sm. heads green cabbage, about 1 lb., cored and shredded to make about 6
  • 2 sm. heads green cabbage, about 1 lb., cored and shredded to make about 6 cups
  • 1 cup chopped onion1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 pound smoked sausage links1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp. cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Big Chef Duties:

  1. In a 12-inch skillet over medium heat, heat oil and add the chopped vegetables.
  2. Cook 8 minutes or until tender.
  3. Add the sausage and cook about 4 minutes until sausages are heated through and vegetables are tender.
  4. Stir in mustard, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Cook 1 more minute.

Little Chef Duties:

  1. Chop up the cabbage, onion, and garlic.
  2. Cut the cooked sausage into smaller chunks.

Learn while you wait:

Even though it may only take a few minutes to digest a meal, it can take your body up to twelve hours to fully digest the each meal you eat. The intestine actually does most of the digesting of food compared to the stomach, which is mistakenly known to digest the food and the intestine is the one that extracts most of the vitamins and minerals from food that body uses.

Presentation:

Serve the sausage and cabbage each on separate large dishes to be able to be then passed out to each individual.

Teach the kids how to say Bon Appetit in the language of this recipe: A̦n gua̦dn!

Did you know?

Obesity has more than doubled in Austria, affecting the habits of children nationwide. Instead of having active, healthy lifestyles, these kids are eating unhealthy and remaining greatly inactive, which can lead to many health problems like heart disease and diabetes in the future.

Conversation Igniters:

What foods are healthy? Which foods are not? What types of exercise can you do to get more active?

Take Action:

http://www.cyh.com/HealthTopics/HealthTopicDetailsKids.aspx?p=335&np=152&id=246

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