Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Ben's Beginners~ Uncle Ben's Rice Kids Cooking Contest
Uncle Ben's Rice has created a fun contest to get you in the kitchen cooking with your children! Kids ages 5-12 can submit a 2-3 minute video creating a rice dish in the kitchen with their parents.
A 2-3 minute video could win your family some AMAZING prizes!! You could win $20,000, along with a $50,000 grant towards a cafeteria makeover for your child’s school. The winning family will have a chance to appear on The Rachael Ray Show!
Uncle Ben's is a huge supporter of healthy eating and family meals enjoyed together. Uncle Ben's wants to help you create a better beginning for your families meals! This contest is a fabulous way to introduce your child to new foods, new textures, and healthy eating habits!
I have had several moms ask me, "How do you get your kids to eat THAT?" My answer is simple...My children eat what I eat. I try to model good eating habits for them. In exchange, they are more willing to try something new, if they see I am open to new foods and new meals. A great place to start this journey with your children is in the grocery store. Take so time to explore the produce department. Let your child select a vegetable. Its always fun to try and find a new unique food such as a star fruit!! Let them hold it, smell it, etc... Give your child tips to select a ripe cantaloupe, tomato, or watermelon. Then, let them weight it, figure out the price per pound. This will help them learn math skills plus encourage their participation in the kitchen. A child is more likely to sample a new food, if its one they have selected at the store and helped prepare in the kitchen.
Uncle Ben's Rice is a staple in my pantry. It's so versatile and filling , feeds many on a small budget and doesn't spoil!! Some of my favorite meals have come from simply starting a bit of rice in a pan with some chicken stock, having my daughter slice up some veggies, that we have on hand than need to be used up before they spoil. Then, I add some sort of sauce and voila = a perfect meal. Last week, my husband asked what was for dinner. My response was ummm... some sort of rice concoction!! I could have came up with a clever name, but my daughter and I were to busy whipping up dinner. In the pan, we put Uncle Ben's Whole Grain Brown Rice with chicken stock substituted for water(it adds more flavor to your dish). I let that cook for approximately 20 minutes, then to the pan, my daughter added a pound of browned ground turkey, black beans, diced onions, a can of corn, and a jar of green salsa. She stirred it all together and cooked over low hot until all ingredients were heated thoroughly. She served the "concoction" in a bowl with a bit of shredded cheese on top. DELISH! She wouldn't have tried the green salsa plain but loved it mixed in with the rice and other ingredients.
I encourage you to get in the kitchen with your kids to create fabulous dishes with local produce and Uncle Ben's Rice, I would be so happy to see a Saving U Green reader win this contest! Good Luck!
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