Skillet Chicken, Rice and Green Chile Stew makes cooking with kids fun & painless!
Disclosure: This post and recipe were created as a part of the Mars Food sponsorship of Blog Brûlée.
The 1st grade assignment this week was to create a turkey “feather” (read-construction paper cut out) with the things that we, as a family, are thankful for. Not surprisingly, B filled his with animals, sports, a donut (?) and a rocket on a skateboard. He instructed his dad to fill his with computers, haircuts (?) and pumpkins. As for me, B felt that mine should include books, a swimming pool, musical notes, dogs and a carrot.
That carrot was an integral part of the feather as B has recently lifted his self-imposed moratorium on carrots and is now enjoying them regularly again. It reminds me that as he grows, his tastes change, as do his food opinions which, in turn, creates food and cooking confidence. This is one of the things I love most about my son.
Because it’s a snapshot of the last 7 or so years of my time with B in the kitchen. This time is “our” time and it’s the most precious time I spend with him. Cooking with kids, as a family, is a passion that it near and dear to my heart. I’ve been teaching kids to cook for nearly 20 years and any opportunity that’s presented to me to encourage, engage, excite or entertain kids (and adults) with or about food, I’ll take it.
Uncle Ben’s is a company that walks the walk and talks the talk when it comes to getting families cooking together. Since 2012, the Ben’s Beginners mission has been to get kids to cook as well as they can read and write because kids who cook develop healthier eating habits that last a lifetime.
The Uncle Ben’s Brand research-The Kitchen Confidence Survey- talked to 4,000 parents of kids under 18 and found that:
- Over 90% of parents around the world believe it’s important for their kids to cook but only about 1/3 cook with their kids on a weekly basis.
Because many parents lack cooking confidence themselves and struggle with inviting their kids into the kitchen with them. To help combat this, the Ben’s Beginners program encourages cooking as a FAMILY by:
- focusing on 5 simple, healthy, family-friendly interactive cooking lessons including Black Bean & Rice Open Faced Tacos, Meatballs & Rice, Cheesy Rainbow Rice with Ground Beef and Cranberry Rice Stuffed Pork Chop and Chicken, Broccoli & Rice Casserole.
- incorporating basic cooking skills such as stirring, chopping, pouring, peeling and measuring.
- reinforcing educational concepts such as math, measurement and time; science, creativity and reading.
The very best by-product of this program-or any time spent in the kitchen with family- are the memories you’ll have forever. I draw on my own food memories with my family time and time again throughout the year—it actually feeds my soul. And, for those family members who are no longer with me, it gives me a sense of comfort and peace.
The holidays are a perfect time to begin or continue making food memories as a family. Thanksgiving is right around the corner…how about we all agree to create one dish as a family and then give thanks for the food and the hands that prepared it!?
Here’s an Uncle Ben inspired recipe created by B and me. Oh—that B stand for my son’s name---which just happens to be Ben.
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Skillet Chicken, Rice and Green Chile Stew
- 1 pound ground turkey or chicken
- 1 package Uncle Ben’s Ready White Rice, heated
- 1 package Uncle Ben’s Ready Brown Rice, heated
- 1 (33-ounce) jar prepared Green Chile Stew (I use Cookwell & Company)
- 3/4 cup shredded Mexican 2% cheese blend
- In a cast iron skillet, brown turkey or chicken over medium heat until no longer pink.
- Add cooked rice and green chile stew to skillet. Stir well to combine and allow to heat through. Do not boil.
- Once heated through, remove from stovetop. Top mixture with shredded cheese.
- Set oven or toaster oven to broil.
- Place skillet in oven and watch carefully until the cheese becomes golden and bubbly. Serve as a dip with chips, or as tacos, burritos or nachos.