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I have found that one of the best ways to get my children to eat healthy is to get them involved in the kitchen. From menu planning and grocery shopping, to chopping, stirring, and measuring – my kids have always been a part of the “getting the food on the table” process.
As a mom, my kids were always with me when they were tiny. Grocery shopping with three littles under the age of five was how I shopped. Opening the panty door and letting my toddler son build with the canned goods, gave me time to prep dinner. Eventually they became my little helpers. The easy bake oven was a hit until my daughter learned the power of the kitchen oven. My kids have never looked back. All of them are adventurous in the kitchen and love whipping up their own specialties.
Last summer Sophia, our youngest, mastered a few more recipes. Sophia’s Awesome Super Stew was a huge hit and her Carnival Rice has become a weekly staple! Carnival Rice is so simple and all the kids love it! I love that it is healthy and the kids can whip it up on their own. Carnival Rice is a flavorful mix of Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice, vegetables, chicken, and a few fresh toppings. It only takes minutes to put together which makes it a perfect protein-packed afternoon snack or lunch. In fact, the kids and I all love to pack this for lunch. We call it the Carnival Rice because it is a party in your mouth – so tasty and colorful! Just look at all of the fun colors in this dish!
This time of year seems to be so busy! I am in full swing with parent-teacher conferences this week, and the kids are back in school and busy with after school sports. Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice helps me get dinner on the table that much faster and easier. I also love saving money, and right now you can grab this Ibotta coupon offer – $0.75 off Ready Rice products exclusively at Walmart!
I love cooking with all my kids. In two weeks, I will be spending a day with my oldest son cooking up a batch of food for his freezer. He is looking forward to trying some new recipes right alongside me, and I know he’ll enjoy more ready-to-go foods from his freezer. Cooking with your kids is what Ben’s Beginners is all about. There are so many important skills to be learned in the kitchen, and it is a great way to simply spend time together creating something new. Learning to cook together isn’t just good for you, it’s great fun too.
October 15th is National Cook with Your Kids Day. Join the fun and check out some cooking lessons at Ben’s Beginners. Get cooking with the family and you can even enter the Uncle Ben’s Beginners’ Contest where you can enter to win $15,000 for your family and $30,000 towards a cafeteria makeover for your child’s school! How cool is that? As a mom and a teacher, I know that winning money will go far for a school.
Here is one of our favorite recipes!
Carnival Rice Recipe
- 2 Packages of Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice (We love mixing Quinoa & Brown Rice with Garlic and Brown, Red & Black Rice)
- 1 Can Black Beans
- 1 Can Corn
- Chopped Chicken
- Sliced Avocado
- Chopped Tomato
- Chopped Cilantro
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Heat two packages of Uncle Ben’s Rice in microwave. Follow directions on the package. This takes just 90 seconds per package! Mix together in bowl.
- Rinse corn and black beans under cool water. Add corn and bean to rice mixture.
- Chop chicken into bite size pieces. Add chicken to rice mixture.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Gently fold all ingredients together.
- Microwave all for 90 more seconds.
- Top with chopped tomato, sliced avocado and a sprinkling of chopped cilantro.
Uncle Ben’s gets how busy family life can be. They also understand how many good things come from getting kids in the kitchen. I know my children all beam with pride when they present a meal that they have helped prepare. Cooking together is educational and fun!
Be sure to enter this sweepstakes as well. I’d love to have one of my readers be a winner. Good luck!
I picked everything up for this quick and healthy lunch at Walmart. Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice comes in many flavors and combinations.