Meet Amy! + Beans and Rice & Christmas Chips
Today I’m excited to introduce you to Amy from the popular Super Healthy Kids blog! I met Amy when I attended the LDS Philanthropies meeting back in October. Her blog is full of tasty, nutritious meals and snacks for kids… right up my alley. Today she’s sharing one of my favorite things to eat: rice and beans. She gears them toward kids and adds some fun Christmas chips on the side. Thanks Amy! –Natalie
I’m excited to share this blog space with Natalie today! Everything looks so delicious here, and I’m thrilled to try her recipes. I’m Amy, writer of the Super Healthy Kids blog. I provide healthy recipes and meal plans that my picky eaters are willing to try! We focus on making half our meals fruits and vegetables, and are always looking for new ways to prepare them.
Lately however, I’ve been thinking about the rising cost of food. In times like these, I hear a lot of people say healthy food is too expensive. Whenever I hear this, I always think of beans and rice. Beans and rice can be a low cost way to get much needed fiber, protein, and the vitamins and minerals that our kids need. We personally have hundreds of pounds of dried beans, that can be cooked and added to a variety of dishes within a few hours.
One of our favorite ways to incorporate the two is with a simple “rice and beans” recipe. I have found that the fewer items I use in a particular dish, the more accepting my kids are to try it. Adding loads of veggies to this recipe hasn’t gone over well, but simply using onions and tomatoes has been successful.
Beans and Rice & Christmas Chips
1 cup uncooked brown rice
2 cups water
1 TBL Olive oil
1 onion chopped
1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 tomato, chopped
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Combine water and rice in a rice cooker or on the stovetop and cook thoroughly.
In a skillet combine olive oil and onion. Cook onion in olive oil until tender, about 4-5 minutes. Then add beans, tomato, oregano, and garlic.
Add cooked rice to bean and tomato mixture and heat through.
Amy at Super Healthy Kids Blog
Then, to make this recipe appealing for kids, we love to add our own whole wheat tortilla chips, cut into fun shapes that kids like. For this one, we used our Christmas cookie cutters. We cut a whole wheat tortilla, and placed on a cookie sheet. Sprayed with a little cooking spray, sprinkled with salt, and baked in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until chips begin to brown.