We recently took Kenya to a Japanese restaurant with a bunch of adults, and they couldn't believe what item on the menu he ate so fast we had to order more....seaweed! It sounds like a bizarre craving for a child to have, but it's actually delicious, nutritious and easy to prepare. While we were at dinner that night, Kenya mainly stuffed himself on brown rice, edamame and of course, the seaweed, so I came up with this dish for weelicious.
If you've never bought arame (a type of seaweed with a mild flavor) before, you can get it at most health food stores. It comes bagged in a dried state and all you need to do is soak it in warm water to hydrate it. Arame is a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals. It's rich in iron, calcium, magnesium and vitamin A -- perfect for kids' growing bodies.
This dish went over big with Kenya. The way I look at it, whenever I can get three of my child's favorite healthy foods into one dish, it has to be a winner!
Brown Rice Pilaf (Serves 4)
- 1 Cup Brown Rice
- 1 1/4 Cups Chicken Stock (I used low sodium)
- 1 Cup Water
- 1/2 Tsp Salt
- 1/4 Cup Arame
- 1/2 Cup Edamame, shelled, fresh or frozen
- Sesame Seeds, optional
1. Bring the brown rice, water, stock and salt to a boil.
2. Cover and reduce the heat to a simmer.
3. While the rice is cooking, cover the arame with warm water and let soak for 10 minutes.
4. Drain the water off the arame.
5. After the rice has cooked for 40 minutes, add the edamame and arame. Cook for an additional 5-10 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.
6. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.