Cooking with Children

Colorful Celebration Rice

A clever recipe that children will enjoy making. The peas are rich in iron and zinc. The broccoli helps enhance iron absorption.

1 1/2 cups uncooked long-grain brown rice (plain or basmati)
2 1/2 cups veggie or chicken broth (store-bought or homemade)
1/4 cup peas, fresh and lightly steamed, or frozen
1/4 cup corn, fresh and uncooked, or frozen
1/4 cup chopped broccoli, steamed or blanched until just tender
1/4 cup diced carrots, steamed or blanched until just tender
1 scallion, trimmed of roots, sliced into thin rounds (white and green parts)
Gluten-free soy sauce
Sea salt

1. Combine the rice and chicken broth in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
2. Turn the heat to the lowest simmer, cover the pot, and cook undisturbed for 40 minutes, or until the rice is tender. Remove from the heat and fluff with a fork to let the steam escape, and transfer to a bowl. This can also be cooked in a rice cooker for the same amount of time.
3. If using frozen peas or corn, place each in a strainer or a colander and run under room-temperature tap water to thaw. Drain thoroughly and cook until tender. Combine the vegetables and rice and reheat if necessary. Let children help with this recipe and serve themselves. Place rice and all vegetables in separate bowls and let the children create their own mixtures.
4. Add a few drips of soy sauce and sea salt to taste.

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