Easy Kids’ Lunch: “Make your Own” Rice Pilaf

By admin, June 26, 2015

Kids love to make their own food – and they’re more likely to eat it if they do.

Here’s a fun kids’ lunch idea to help capitalize on that – it’s nothing fancy – kids love it because they get to make it themselves.


“Make your Own” Rice Pilaf.

Give each kid a helping of plain brown rice with a little salt, and offer them some “mix-ins” to make their own “rice pilaf:”

Possible mix-ins:

Ghee or melted butter

Any kind of herb. As you can see in the picture, we used Rosemary, Parsley, Chives and Mint – I don’t think these are all supposed to go together, but the kids sprinkled them all on enthusiastically and gobbled it up with complements!

Other herb/spice ideas:

Sage, Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Dill, Black Pepper

You could also top it with plain yogurt if your kids like something creamy on their rice.

This was an on-the-fly idea that turned out to be a great way to use up leftover rice. It will go with anything – especially leftovers – I first served it with fried paneer, fresh oranges, and salty lassie to drink. It’s now become a favorite in my house – the kids ask for it all the time.

What do you think?

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