Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Uncle Ben's Wants to Get Kids Cooking!

You know I am a huge fan of quick dinnertime solutions. I love to cook, and am happiest when working from scratch, but realistically having the leisure for that comes only on the weekends. And not always then! For weeknight meals I appreciate convenient options to round out my meals and get them from idea to plates within 30 minutes. That's my dinnertime goal.

A big helper for me is Uncle Ben's line of quick and easy rice products. Whether it's the Fast & Fancy, ready in 10 minutes, or the Bistro Express (my fave), ready in just 2 minutes, Uncle Ben has a huge variety of rice flavours that will quickly take care of a tasty side dish with essentially no work on your part!

The Bistro Express is great for me, as there is no mixing or stirring involved. Simply knead the package, then tear partially open, place in microwave, and cook for 2 minutes. Voila! From simple Basmati or Jasmine to go with the curry you prepared the night before, to more elaborate mushroom or vegetable varieties, even brown and wholegrain options, you're bound to find something perfect to pair with your main course.

If you're looking for healthy and delicious recipes and tips for your family dinners, you should stop by the new Uncle Ben's Canada Facebook page and join the conversation. They are just diving in to Facebook and are celebrating with a contest.

The Ben's Beginners contest is a national video contest, designed to encourage parents to cook with their kids. Including our children in our meal planning and preparation is a great way to teach them healthier eating habits and provide them with important life skills. Starting February 27, participants will have the chance to win a grand prize of $30,000CDN, with $10,000CDN to be awarded as a cheque to the winner and $20,000CDN to be awarded on behalf of the winner to the winner’s child’s school for Healthy Life Style Initiatives. There are also 4 secondary prizes of $1000 each.

To enter, you will need to create and submit a video of you and your child (aged 5-12) preparing a meal together, using an Uncle Ben's rice product.  Full details and the submission form are available on the Ben's Beginners contest page. Entries will be accepted until April 7. Do you love to cook with your kids, or would you like to start? Does your camera or phone take video? Well, then, why not check this out!

A Giveaway

In the meantime, courtesy of Uncle Ben's Canada, I am giving away a special $120 gift basket to one lucky Raising My Boys reader right here. The prize includes a variety of silicone kitchen tools, stainless measuring cup, a cutting board (with sticky feet for safety), and an awesome set of long silicone oven mitts (they go to my elbows!). It also contains 3 each of the two newest flavours in the Bistro Express line - Creamy Cheddar and Quinoa & Brown rice. This would be a great kit to use with your kids in the kitchen! Entries are via the Rafflecopter widget below and will be accepted until 12:00 midnight EST, March 15.  This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only. Best of luck!!

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