via verywellfit: White beans and rice-they just warm the soul. Kids are overjoyed when they find out this dish is for dinner. A super healthy meal that your kids love and request the recipe for is an amazing parent moment. And they truly are easy to make, you just need a bit of time and a pinch of patience for them to become tender and delicious.
Beans are a great source of protein and a good source of fiber, and even though they are inexpensive, through cooking, you transform them into an amazing meal for your family.
Start them in the morning on a weekend and let them cook away as you go about your day. We find it helpful to cook the brown rice while we are chopping and sautéing the vegetables, since we are standing at the stove anyway. This way, we can watch the water for the rice boil while already actively working at the stove, rather than having to do it later while the beans are on cruise control.
Another time saver is to chop your vegetables the day before cooking the white beans. Serve your beans with a salad and some fresh fruit, and you’ll have a fantastic meal that is sure to please the family. And since the cooked beans freeze well, you can freeze portions to use at a later date.
On the night prior to cooking your dried beans, you’ll want to sort, rinse, and soak them. Sort through the dried beans for rocks or other debris, then rinse the beans in cold water to remove any dirt. Put the beans into a bowl big enough to hold the beans once they have doubled in size, then add enough cold water to cover the beans by two inches. Allow the beans to soak overnight the night before cooking to start hydrating them.
Happy International Sushi Day!
Do you let your kids eat sushi?
Despite sushi can appear to be very kid-pleasing, it is not as kid-friendly because many sushi contains raw fish.
There have been many different articles that are being published on various Japanese parenting magazines and websites which discourage parents to feed raw fish product to younger children due to their immature digestive system.
If you would like to try preparing sushi for kids however, there are numerous ways for you to try to make sushi kids-friendly.
Check out the following article now for how you can home make sushi for kids that you little ones will love!
Via Mindful Momma: How to make kid-friendly Sushi
Today I’d like to dispel a nasty rumor about sushi: namely that it must contain raw fish. Truth is, sushi doesn’t have to contain fish at all. The term sushi actually comes from a Japanese word meaning “sour tasting” and refers to the vinegary rice from which sushi is made. Originally, vinegar was probably added to rice as a method of preservation for both the rice and the filling. Another thing you may not know (I didn’t!) is that the vinegar solution used to create sushi rice is called su.
I don’t know about your kids, but my youngest really won’t go for a big hunk of raw fish on his sushi. So for our first sushi-making experience, we decided to stick with fillings that were a little more kid friendly – like avocado, smoked salmon, cream cheese and veggies.
ere’s a little run-down on how we made our kid-friendly sushi:
- Sushi rice (a sticky, short-grain rice)
- Rice vinegar
- Nori seaweed sheets
- Bamboo sushi rolling mat
- Rice cube (optional but fun!)
- Wooden paddle or spoon for preparing rice
- Large mixing bowl
- Large cutting board or cookie sheet (for cooling prepared rice)
KID-FRIENDLY FILLING IDEAS:
- Scallions (finely diced)
- Red peppers
- Smoked Salmon or other cooked fish
- Cream cheese
HOW TO MAKE A SUSHI ROLL:
- Make the sushi rice. The Pioneer Woman has a tutorial for perfect sushi rice on her blog. I followed something very similar except that my “su” did not include saki (just rice vinegar, sugar and a tiny bit of salt)
- Spread prepared rice on a cutting board or cookie sheet (to allow it to continue to cool).
- Prepare a bowl of “hand vinegar” (1 cup water, 1/4 cup rice vinegar) for working with rice.
- Cover bamboo mat with plastic wrap (not sure if this is traditional, but we were following the instructions that came with the rolling mat).
- Lay a piece of nori on the mat, then top with a 1/4 inch layer of rice. (dip fingers in hand vinegar to keep rice from sticking)
- Add a thin strip of filling in the middle.
- Starting with the bottom edge of the mat, roll up and away from you, pressing lightly while you roll. At the very end you will need to pull out the mat so you can finish the roll (hard to explain but you’ll know when you do it). Press lightly to seal the edges together.
- For an inside-out roll, flip over the nori and rice so that the rice is on the outside when you roll!
We also had tons of fun with the Rice Cube. It squishes the rice and fillings into cubes. Aren’t they cute?
We have discussed about why kids are becoming picky eaters and the things to take note of when your kids are fussy about their food.
Kids could become picky eaters due to numerous reasons.
Some kids are naturally extra sensitive to a certain smell, taste, or texture which cause them to dislike and even refuse to eat certain food.
Some kids on the other hand pick up the fussy eating habits by modeling their parents or other kids.
If you have troubles feeding picky eaters of yours, these kid-friendly vegan recipes that your kids will love! They are easy to prepare and are great for feeding picky eaters. Your kids may not even realize that they are vegan!
It is no news to us that avocado is an amazing food for us that comes with a multitude of benefits, but do you really know what avocados contain?
Inside an avocado, it is packed with loads of vitamins such as Vitamin E and Vitamin B6, which acts as an effective anti-oxidant. Avocados are also an excellent source of monounsaturated fat, which helps in lowering down cholesterol levels, lowering the risk of heart diseases, and improving your brain’s activity level.
Without further ado, let’s check out the video featuring the 5 most popular avocado dishes’ recipes and get some exploration done in the kitchen with some avocados now!