Monday, May 2, 2011

Sneaky Lentils and Rice for Kids Recipe

My 3 1/2 year old told me she wanted a doughnut. When I told her she had to eat real food first she decided she wanted ONLY rice. When she says that it means she doesn't want to see any meat mixed in. She fussed about the carrots at first, but after I told her they were good for her eyes and rabbits love them, she told me how much she loved carrots too. Rice wasn't on the menu tonight so I had to come up with something quick. I decided to cook up some rice with lentils, carrots and spaghetti. She loved it and ate the whole thing! She ate her doughnut too. But take a look at it. The lentils just melt right into the dish. 

1 large kid size serving

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons diced baby carrots
4 heaping tablespoons basmati rice, uncooked
4 tablespoons red split lentils, uncooked
2 heaping tablespoons broken spaghetti pieces
1 cup cold water, or more
1/2 teaspoon chicken bouillon powder
1/2 teaspoon seasoning blend (I used Tex Mex)
1 teaspoon butter

In a small pot, fry carrots in oil over medium heat for about 4 minutes or until they start to turn golden. Stir in rice, lentils and spaghetti. Cook for 2 minutes stirring constantly. Add water, bouillon, seasoning blend and butter. Cover and let simmer for about 15 - 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and everything is tender. Add more water if you find it's getting too dry before the ingredients are tender.


Tip: Multiply the ingredients to serve regular size people. I was allowed to have a sample and it was good.

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