Kids cooking Brown Rice

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Kids in Asia eat lots of rice; up to 80% of their diet is rice. Rice is the most widely used food crop on the planet with 90% grown in Asia. Kids like rice in recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Rice is the main dietary staple for over half the world’s population. Much of the rice grown is processed and sold as white rice, where the bran and germ layers are removed and only the starchy endosperm remains. The bran and germ layers of whole grain brown rice naturally contain vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, and essential fatty acids that are lost during processing. Organic brown rice tastes delicious and is free of herbicides, pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and genetically modified organisms. Rice is gluten free and is a safe choice for kids with food allergies. Before cooking, kids can put a cup of brown rice in a bowl of water, stir, pour through a strainer, and rinse under cold water. Using a stainless steel pot with a tight fitting lid, pour in the cup of brown rice, add 2 ½ cups of water, a tablespoon of butter, and a pinch of sea salt. Bring the rice to a boil over high heat, then cover, turn down the heat, and simmer for 50 minutes until the grains are tender. Kids can remove the pot from the heat and leave it covered for 10 minutes, then fluff with a fork and serve.

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