Thursday, September 12, 2013

Quick and Easy Rainbow Rice

Making healthy foods fun has proven to be the best way to get my 4-year old twins to branch out and try new things. They have their favorites, like carrots, that I can always fall back on, but I want them to benefit from the wide spectrum of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are provided by eating a variety veggies and fruits.

What we have been working on lately, is eating a Rainbow of food each day. The more color the better!

Red: Very heart healthy and gives strength support to our joints!
Orange: A great source of Vitamin C. The orange group helps keep our eyes healthy!
Yellow: This group is good for our skin and helps our digestive system!
Green: Helps our entire body and strengthens our immune systems which means less colds!
Purple: Purple/blue foods are excellent for our brains! They help us with our memory and also help keep some cancers away!


This Today I Ate A Rainbow Chart is a fun way to get the kiddos involved in tracking their daily rainbow!

"No boys... This does not count."














"Ah, that's better :o) " 

















So last night, we made a quick and easy Rainbow Rice to serve with dinner. I used this Trader Joe's frozen Organic Brown Rice which is already cooked and microwaves in just 3 minutes! I have seen something similar at Target that is not frozen and comes in pouches. Just make sure the only ingredient is rice.

Organic Brown Rice














Rainbow Rice















Ingredients: 
1 bag of Trader Joe's frozen Organic Brown Rice
1Tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 purple onion, diced
1/2 orange bell pepper, diced
1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced
1 small zucchini, diced,
1/2 tsp garlic powder
dash of salt
1 diced tomato

Directions
Pop the rice in the microwave for 3 minutes
Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat
Add in bell peppers, zucchini, and onions

Add Garlic powder and salt, and saute  for 3 minutes.
Add in tomatoes and cooked rice.
Lightly toss together to combine and let cook for another 2-3 minutes.
Serves 4.

Rainbow Rice

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