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Do you have a favorite memory of your Grandma that involves cooking or a special dish? Do you catch a smell of a certain food that brings back feelings from a childhood holiday? Food is a trigger for memories and every family has their special recipes, prepared in unique ways. Cooking with the family is fun, good for you and a great learning opportunity for the kids.
Cooking is a family activity that can create special, forever memories! I wanted to create a cookbook with special recipes that my daughter could enjoy someday with her own family. Together, we started a “Memories Cookbook“. Just an easy project that can be used, changed and loved for years to come. Materials are simple: a 1-inch ring binder, sheet protectors, paper and photos. I used scrapbook paper (because I have an old supply) but any kind of paper will work. We had fun creating the pages and especially cooking together! Don’t worry about fancy, the homemade quality is half the charm.
Our first Memories Cookbook recipe is for Mediterranean Rice. It makes a delicious side dish or main course. It’s great for cooking with the family, because this recipe can be adjusted for the age of the family members cooking. The amount of preparation, pre-chopping versus assembly can be customized for the amount of skill and time available. A tip for cooking with kids is to keep it simple, easy, and as consistently active as possible.
Mediterranean Rice Recipe
1 bag of Uncle Ben’s Boil-in-Bag Enriched Long Grain Rice
1 medium cucumber
1 pint of cherry tomatoes
1 medium green pepper
1 red onion
1/2 cup of green and black olives
4 oz. chunk feta cheese
4 tablespoons of olive oil
1/2 lemon juiced
1 teaspoon of dried dill
1 teaspoon of finely chopped parsley
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
salt and pepper, to taste
In a 2-quart saucepan, completely submerge one unopened bag of rice in 4 cups of boiling water. Boil for 10-12 minutes. Remove bag from water and drain. Cut open bag and pour contents into a mixing bowl, fluff with fork. Chop cucumber and green pepper into medium pieces. Quarter thin slices of onion to create slivers. Cut olives and tomatoes in halves and thirds. Toss together all ingredients until well mixed. Garnish with parsley and serve warm.
Ben’s Beginners is an initiative of Uncle Ben’s with the goal of getting kids to cook as well as they can read and write. When kids learn to cook, they create healthy eating habits that last a lifetime. In addition to creating memories, teaching a life skill, and the fun, did you know you can WIN by cooking together? Five grand prize winners of the Ben’s Beginners contest will receive a check for $15,000 for their family and a check made out to the child’s school to be used toward a cafeteria makeover valued at $30,000!! Visit the Ben’s Beginners for info on how to enter.
But wait, there’s another way to win, as well, with this easy-to-enter sweepstakes below!
Even during the busy back-to-school season, you can have fun making a simple rice dish with your family and make memories at the same time. Pick up some Uncle Ben’s rice at Walmart today and use this special Ibotta coupon offer ($0.75 off Ready Rice products exclusively at Walmart).
Saturday, Oct. 15th is
International Cook With Your Kids Day.
It’s a great time to start!
What will you cook?
- More Information
- Ben’s Beginners Site
- Coupon: Ibotta offer ($0.75 off Ready Rice products exclusively at Walmart)