My kids are so weird. I don’t get it.
Garbanzo beans (J Man)
Bananas (Miss Rae)
Potatoes (mashed, baked, hash browns)
Marinara Sauce (on pizza, pasta, anything)
Rice (white, brown, fried, Spanish, doesn’t matter)
Seriously? Potatoes and rice? Two of the cheapest, most filling foods around.
I’ve been absolutely determined to change this. How can you survive in life if you don’t eat rice or potatoes?
The best way to make kids like something? Make it sweet. And call it something sweet.
Introducing: Sweetie Rice. (Yes, certainly Proctor and Gamble should hire me to name all their products. So creative.)
Coconut milk, maple syrup and cinnamon were my secret weapons.
The rice cooker was my ally. The smell was amazing. Like Christmas. The wee ones noticed.
J Man: “It smells like cookies in here!”
Me: “It will be even better!!!”
I ceremoniously presented their Sweetie Rice, along with the remainder of their dinner: steamed broccoli and carrots, and Fri Chik (fake chicken).
Veg and chicken? Gobbled. Sweetie Rice? Avoided. As with all foods placed before them, one bite was required.
Miss Rae begrudgingly took her bite, swallowed, then shook violently, obviously disgusted.
J Man tentatively followed suit, chewed thoughtfully and announced, “I might eat another bite.”
He did. Painfully.
This isn’t a very convincing story, is it? But since when do you base your culinary decisions on two children?
Take my word for it. Sweetie Rice is amazing. And it’s even better topped with savory veggies.
I give up on rice. Now, to create some Sweetie Potatoes…
Maple Cinnamon Brown Rice
2 cups brown rice
2 cups coconut milk
2 cups water
2 TBS maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
Combine all ingredients in a rice cooker. Set it and forget it.