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When my son was small he didn’t show any interest in food. All his thoughts and energies were devoted to games. Therefore I always tried to invent new solutions to stimulate a little curiosity in food. I believe that only curiosity gives some children reasons to approach food especially when the stimulus of hunger is not present. I used a lot of the stories and presented the dishes as if a little bird told the tale. When my cousin Stefania asked me to work on some stories to match the recipes I found it easy to draw from the archive of the stories my memory holds from that period of time. This dish contains everything needed for a complete meal.
Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: (Follow the directions on the package for the type of rice you are using)
1 per child
1/2 cup brown rice (feel free to use any type of rice, even if it’s not brown)
1 cube of frozen spinach
1 tablespoon parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons of butter
1 tablespoon of tomato sauce
1 teaspoon vegetable stock granules
2 cups of water
- Boil the water with the broth granules, when it boils add the rice and continue cooking for the time described on the package.
- Place the cube of spinach in a pan with a little boiling water and cook until fully thawed. Drain and squeeze the spinach.
- When the rice is cooked, drain the water and season with butter and parmesan.
Divide the rice into two parts. In one add the spinach and mix well.
- Arrange the rice on a plate and at the base by place the rice with spinach on the bottom and the white one above. This should form the shape of a small volcano from which descends the tomato sauce.