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Well, we have officially been back to school for a whole week! I can’t say it’s been completely easy. I’m still learning my morning drop-offs, and trying to figure out which kid gets dropped off first, and how much time that allows me for kid #2. I’m still trying to learn how to pack two lunches and two snacks, and figuring out a third snack for days in which Des goes for extended day. The kids are hungrier these days! How is that possible? It’s more important than ever to feed them well.
Scarlet has soccer, and Des has extended days at preschool. He also has one day of daycare. It’s difficult to juggle all that he has to do, and where I’m taking him on any given morning, but one thing we all agree on is that he can easily eat all of the meals I provide him. His teachers always marvel at his appetite, and I do too! As for Scarlet, she has a late lunch this school year, and snack is after lunch, so breakfast is more important than it’s probably ever been. We cook it together:
The kids always want to cook with me, which can be challenging on busy mornings. I didn’t fully appreciate it at first because it seemed more hectic and messy than I was used to, but since I never learned to cook until later in life, I’m ecstatic at their interest. It also means more time with them. The best part is that our Easy Kid-Friendly Breakfast Rice Bowls are QUICK, thanks largely in part to Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice. It cooks in 90 seconds and is a big part of our easy breakfast recipe.
This is a big part of our Breakfast Rice Bowls. They are perfect for school mornings because they have poached or fried eggs on top of Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice, as well as a slew of delicious toppings, and whatever we feel like making together.
Cooking with your family is FUN, good for you, and a great learning opportunity for your kids. Even in this busy season, Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice is perfect because it’s simple and delicious. This is a quick breakfast, and full of lots of good stuff:
Easy Kid-Friendly Breakfast Rice Bowls
- 2 cups cooked Uncle Ben's Ready Rice - Whole Grain Brown
- 1 tsp red wine vinegar
- 2 tbsp olive oil or butter
- Kosher salt & pepper to taste
- 2 large eggs
- 1 avocado, chopped
- Salsa, to taste
- Black beans
- Cook rice and set aside
- Cook beans and set aside
- Mix rice and beans with vinegar in a small bowl and season with kosher salt and pepper
- Heat oil over medium-high heat and cook eggs to desired doneness
- Split rice and beans into two bowls, top with fried eggs, avocado and salsa
This is an easy, kid-friendly breakfast recipe to get your kids (and you) going in the morning.
Pretty awesome, right? I will do whatever it takes to have easy breakfasts – prepared together, and eaten together. Not only that, it’s delicious and customizable. I like salsa or hot sauce on mine, but the kids don’t. Des likes ketchup on his breakfast rice bowls! The kids get proud and excited from cooking in the kitchen. To us, it’s no different than, art, crafting, or imaginative play. This is something that inspires learning and fun. Now please allow me to go photo-crazy as usual:
Enter the contest (detailed below) for your child’s school!
Not only does Ben’s Beginners get kids to cook, they are giving back to schools with a chance to win a cafeteria makeover in the Ben’s Beginners contest! This is BIG! Get your family into the kitchen, and show them how fun cooking together can be. Also, 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! Not only that, check out this amazing sweepstakes as well: