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Anyone well-versed in Teen-Friendly Polynesian-influenced food? (That's a complicated looking question, huh?)

Basically, we're throwing a Luau for my stb 13 yr old's birthday. We've already planned on shishkebabs and coconut cake and virgin daquiris and pina coladas. We need more food, and I'd like to keep to the Polynesian theme, but don't want to overwhelm the teeny-boppers with weird foods that they won't eat! :) (My DD's bff is a pain in the butt super picky eater, so I've learned to be careful with what I serve when DD's friends are over, even though my perfect children will eat anything!)

Advice, tips, recipes, anything please!


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Asked by other_mommy at 10:26 AM on Aug. 4, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • grilled pineapple
    Go to the library and pick up a cookbook by Roy Yamaguchi; he is a chef based in Hawaii (owns a bunch of restaurants around the US).

    Answer by rkoloms at 10:29 AM on Aug. 4, 2009

  • pullled pork (Kaluha pig)
    Baked beans with some crushed pineapple in them
    My teens are good eaters
    try this link

    Answer by chefjen at 10:31 AM on Aug. 4, 2009

  • grilled pineapple, some sort of rice dish,

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:32 AM on Aug. 4, 2009

  • You could make coconut rice.

    Here is a list of Polynesian recipes from my favorite recipe website.[]=polynesian&ls=h&Search=Search&s_type=%2Frecipes.php

    Have a great time at your luau!


    Answer by BridgetC140 at 10:59 AM on Aug. 4, 2009

  • Spam. Lol.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:10 AM on Aug. 4, 2009

  • What about Hawaiian Haystacks!? (also called Chicken Sundaes). They look and sound weird...most people haven't had them or heard of them, but they are so good and perfect for a Hawaii themed meal. Also cheap to make for a big group of people! All the ingredients are seperate, so if the "kids" don't want something, they don't have to take it.

    Cooked rice
    Cooked chicken, cut into bite size pieces or shredded ( I shred mine)
    Pineapple tidbits
    Chopped green onions
    Diced tomatoes
    Grated Cheddar cheese
    Chow mein noodles
    Shredded Coconut
    Chopped Cashews

    Other people I know also use or substitue other things out with:
    Toasted almonds (slivered)
    Chopped green pepper
    Chopped celery
    Sliced water chestnuts

    2 cans cream of chicken soup
    1 can water or chicken broth
    2 cans cream of chicken soup
    add milk to de

    Answer by Nika75 at 11:58 AM on Aug. 4, 2009

  • Okay now to build your Haystack! I ususally make this for a group so it's all laid out BUFFET STYLE.

    1. Rice on plate ( take less than you think you normally would...these things get massive with all the toppings and hard to eat if you take too much! You can always get more if you don't take enough!)

    2. Top rice with Gravy

    3 Add toppings! Yes, ALL OF THEM! LOL!

    Seriously the flavor combo is amazing. I always use everything in the first list I gave you. Actually, I don't usually put tomatoes on mine, but I always have them there for others.

    My hubby only uses the gravy,cheese, chinese noodles ,and green onions. He doesn't like cashews, pineapple or coconut. I always tell him he's missing out!

    **You may want to serve on small plates or large bowls. It's easy to build these up with all the toppings and end up having too much to eat!

    Answer by Nika75 at 12:00 PM on Aug. 4, 2009

  • Hawaiian pizza - ham and pineapple. Hawaiian chips. Hawaiian Punch.

    Answer by lvpenguino at 1:21 PM on Aug. 4, 2009

  • Teriyaki chicken, pineapple rice (cook rice in chicken broth; stir in drained, crushed pineapple & shredded snow peas & carrots), spam kebobs (a cube of spam, a pineapple chunk & a piece of water chestnut on a toothpick), white chocolate macadamia chip cookies, veggie platter with coconut cream (stir toasted coconut and a teaspoon of coconut extract into a small container of cool whip)

    Answer by bocamom62 at 1:45 PM on Aug. 5, 2009

  • Maybe check out this blog, She has some good looking things!  You can also check out my blog for some everyday type recipes.


    Answer by kimmykim at 3:41 PM on Aug. 6, 2009

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