When you live with picky eaters – whether they are your children, your spouse, or maybe even yourself – you have to get creative with how you introduce different foods into your meals. Eating a variety of foods can be fun when you turn it into a game. We decided to try a new food from A to Z, and created this list of foods to have options to choose from. Here is our list of foods that start with K, including fruits, vegetables, and other fun things to eat!
Why eat foods from every letter of the alphabet?
When you step outside of your food comfort zone, you have the opportunity to discover a new food that you never knew you could enjoy. There are so many foods that we haven’t tried, for various reasons – because our parents never cooked them, they weren’t available in our area, they are popular foods in different cultures, or just because we didn’t know they existed!
Trying different foods, especially fruits and vegetables, can provide our bodies with a variety of nutrients that we wouldn’t normally have. It can also get us out of the “what’s for dinner” rut when we get bored of eating the same old things over and over again.
These food lists are also great when teaching the alphabet, or when looking for a fun food for show and tell day at school!
If you’re looking for a little flavor in the kitchen, or a way to spice up your life, try one – or all! – of these foods that start with the letter K.
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Vegetables that start with K
Kidney beans are a red bean that got its name from the resemblance it has to the human kidney. The kidney bean is the most popular bean used in chili and chili con carne (chili with meat). This dish consists of meat, beans, tomato sauce and chili peppers.
You may be surprised to find out that this dish is not originally a Mexican dish, but is, in fact, a dish that was derived from the United States.
The Kaffir lime is a citrus fruit with green flesh that is native to Southeast Asia. This fruit is used in many different ways. The essential oils that come from it are used in perfumes and cleaning products. Also, the lime is used in cooking and alcoholic drinks.
Kohlrabi is also known as the German turnip. It is a member of the cabbage family and is known to be used to aid in weight loss.
It can be cooked in similar ways as regular turnips.
Kecap manis is a sweet soy sauce with a dark color. The sweet flavor is very similar to hoisin sauce and can be used as its substitute. It is a perfect sauce to use for barbecue, steaks, stir fry and marinades.
The Korean radish, or Mu, is an edible root, similar to the red radish or water chestnut. It has a sweet taste and is commonly used in salads, soups or eaten raw.
Ketembilla is also known as ceylon gooseberry or the Puerto Rican cranberry. This fruit is commonly combined with a large amount of sugar and some lemon juice and is cooked into jams, jellies and preserves.
Kale is a leafy green plant that is in the same family as Brussels sprouts. While neither are a very popular food, they can be made into very tasty dishes.
A great child friendly way to incorporate kale is to coat them with a bit of oil and bake them into kale chips. My kids LOVE kale chips sprinkled with a little salt and garlic powder.
Kumera is another name for sweet potato. This root vegetable can be used in various dishes. From savory to sweet. A side dish or dessert.
Make a delicious sweet potato pie with mashed sweet potatoes and brown sugar, very similar to a pumpkin pie. Sweet potato fries or baked sweet potatoes are a healthy substitute for white potatoes.
Fruits that start with K
A kumquat is a very small citrus fruit that is very similar to an orange, rich in vitamin C, however it is the size of a large olive. I say these fruits are similar to oranges, but they are more of the opposite. They have a sweet peel and tart pulp. Most people just eat the entire fruit.
The kiwi fruit, also known as the Chinese gooseberry, is a very small fruit with a fuzzy peel. This fruit is categorized as a passion fruit. Packed full of Vitamin C, Vitamin K and a great source of fiber, this fruit makes a guilt free snack. They are great to add into smoothies or a sorbet.
Kiwi berries are very similar to regular kiwi, but they are actually much sweeter and smaller, like a grape. They are sweeter and they do not have the furry peel, meaning that they can be eaten whole. No need to waste time peeling them.
Other foods that start with K
A kipper is a herring, an oily fish, that has been butterflied from tail to head and seasoned and cold smoked, very similar to how one would prepare the king mackerel. The British typically have this fish for breakfast, alongside a poached egg and some tea.
Kosher Dill Pickles
Kosher dill pickles get their name from how they are prepared. They are prepared like traditional Jewish New York Deli pickles that are overseen by a Rabbi.
That being said, all kosher pickles are not overseen by a rabbi. Also, they are very similar to regular dill pickles, but use garlic and less dill seasoning.
Pickles are a great addition of flavor to almost any meal. The crunch and sour taste with a bit of sweetness is a great combination for enhancement.
King crab is a very popular food in many different countries. These crabs are much larger and provide significantly more meat than regular crabs, such as snow crabs. Crab is typically steamed and dipped in butter.
Key Lime Pie
My favorite dessert! Key limes are so named because of the Floriday Keys, where they arrived in the 1500s. Key limes are smaller than normal limes, and are perfect for making this delicious sweet dish – a graham cracker crust with the tangy whipped filling, made of fresh key lime juice, condensed milk and sugar.
We love to enjoy key lime pie on Pi Day, March 14th! Top it with whipped cream and lime zest and keep it cool.
Kettle corn is a type of popcorn. Popcorn is made from a cereal type of grain. Kettle corn is typically popped in a cast iron pot with hot oil and sweetener such as molasses then sprinkled with salt. This gives it the perfect mixture of sweet and salty taste.
Kung Pao Chicken
Kung pao chicken is a typical dish in Chinese cuisine. Also, a Korean dish, this spicy stir fry has a mixture of vegetables, chicken, peppercorns and peanuts. All these different foods that each provide different flavors, sweet and spicy with a nutty flavor. Perfectly served over a bed of rice or noodles.
Ketchup is a very popular condiment. America’s favorite condiment, to be exact. It is made mainly from stewed tomatoes that have been mashed and sweetened. People use it on almost any type of food, ranging from french fries, sandwiches, any meat, and so much more.
Kabobs are sticks that have a combination of meats stacked together and placed on a grill. Often, the cubes of meat are paired with other food items, such as peppers, mushrooms, and onions. It is said that kabobs originated in the middle east, but now are enjoyed all over the world.
You can make kabobs with your kids using any foods they enjoy! Fruit kabobs are simple, colorful, and lots of fun.
Kielbasa is a type of Polish sausage that is formed in a U shape and is a perfect sausage for soups or grilling. Unlike regular sausage that is made typically of one meat, kielbasa can be made up of a combination of meats, such as pork, beef, chicken and lamb.
One of my all time favorite recipes using kielbasa is sausage, cabbage and potatoes.
Which “K” food is your favorite?
Do you have a favorite food that starts with K that isn’t on our list? Or even a favorite recipe? We’d love to hear about it, so leave us a comment below!