Prior to Halloween, I would occasionally let my little one eat fruit snacks and refer to them as “candy.” Now that Mia knows what real candy is post Halloween, I can honestly say she is obsessed with it. I’ve noticed that when I serve her breakfast, lunch or dinner, she now shouts out “I don’t want it Mommy. I want CANDY!” I’m sure most of you can attest to this. So in efforts to continue to promote healthy eating habits, I decided to add another ingredient to my Mexican Rice recipe today. The secret ingredient: Lacinato Kale.
I sat Mia down on her high chair and told her that we were eating “sopita” (endearing word in Spanish for Mexican rice) with magical trees in it. The hubby and I made an effort to show her how much we loved it and she was surprisingly open to try it. I was ecstatic when she continued to eat spoonfuls of it and then said “Mmm! It’s yummy.” Success! I know it was sneaky of me to do this but, she ate it. I hope this recipe works for you and your little ones too!
Makes around 8 servings
2-3 large Lacinato kale leaves (hold their shape even during long cooking periods which makes them perfect for soups or boiling temperatures)
2 cups jasmine rice
3-4 medium sized organic vine-ripened tomatoes diced
1 tbsp Knorr Tomato Bouillon (replace with 1/2 cup vegetable broth to make vegan version)
2 cups water (1 1/2 for vegan version)
1 tbsp grape seed oil
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp kosher salt
Add diced tomatoes, kale, chopped onion, garlic and water into blender. In large saucepan, add oil, bouillon (broth) and rice and cook on medium setting. Stir continuously for 5 minutes or until rice is toasted. Let stand for a couple of minutes. Add mixture from blender into pan but be careful as saucepan is hot. Use pan lid to cover the pan and slowly add in the mixture. Stir and bring to a boil on medium setting. Add salt and reduce heat. Cook for about 2o minutes on low. Remove pan from stove top and fluff rice with fork. Serve and enjoy.
Cheers to being sneaky chefs and having the kids eat their green leafy veggies that are high in vitamins and contain powerful antioxidants. –Gladys