#Foodie Fridays, healthy recipes for picky kids - The "UnMac" and Cheese
My toddler eats fairly healthy, however, like most his age, he can be fairly picky about meal choices – he will love avocados one day, and despise them the next! It drives me crazy, because I always have to have backups at hand. There is one recipe though, that he consistently likes, and it came about purely by accident. I call it the UnMac and Cheese (Tastes more like a risotto but I like the sound of UnMac and cheese).
It is yummy, full of fats that are critical for brain development and important for generating myelin in the brain. More information on the importance of fat in an infant/toddler diet here: http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health/foods-to-tantalize-toddlers-and-preschoolers
Ingredients (These are just guidelines):
-A few chunks of sweet potato
-¼ cup sprouted brown rice* (Unsprouted brown rice is high in phytic acid which inhibits absorption of key minerals as well as enzymes required to digest food. See bottom of post for sources. Sprouting releases key nutrients that are otherwise unavailable in unsprouted rice)
-Homemade chicken broth to cook rice
-Good quality cheese
-½ cup sweet peas/diced vegetables
-Grass-fed/pastured butter or ghee (High in vitamin k2 and CLA)
- Heat butter/ghee. And the onion and salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, 3 to 5 minutes.
- Add the sweet potatoes, stirring occasionally, for 1 minute.
- Add the brown rice and stock and cook until rice is soft and sweet potato is mushy. Takes about 15-30 minutes depending on whether you use regular or sprouted rice
- Add peas 5 minutes before rice is cooked.
- Once rice is cooked, stir in the cheese.
Voila! The sweet potato adds a delicious sweetness to this dish, my 18 month old loves it! I like to stir in an egg yolk as soon as I take the pot of the flame to give it that extra boost of nutrition.
*I get my sprouted brown rice from http://www.organicsproutedflour.net ( I am not affiliated with this company and do not receive any compensation from them). You can also sprout your own rice, there are several sources on the internet that provide instructions on sprouting.