My husband is an amazing cook! He is not afraid to through ingredients together and create a meal based on combining his favourite flavours and spices. Growing up, his mother believed that everyone, boys and girls, need to learn how to cook. When they were little, they would help her prepare meals by adding ingredients or stirring sauces. As they got older, she implemented a rotation, whereby each child was given a day of the week and they were responsible for preparing a meal for the entire family. It taught them how how to cook and appreciate the effort it takes to prepare a meal and the pride that comes with eating a meal they have created themselves.
Suffering through slightly burnt meals, tuna casserole over and over again, and trial and error, the children learned how to combine ingredients, follow recipes and create delicious meals. To this day, my husband still experiments in the kitchen (avoids tuna casserole) and is a wonderful chef because of his mother.
Recently my children and I got to prepare a Ben’s Beginner meal with Chef Amanda Riva. We had such a great experience, that the children participate daily in the meal preparation. This week, we created Sweet and Sour Pork with Rice. It was an easy recipe to prepare, provided many opportunities for the kid’s to get involved and resulted in a delicious, healthy, GLUTEN FREE meal that the entire family enjoyed!
Uncle Ben’s – Ben’s Beginners Contest
Uncle Ben’s is celebrating getting the whole family involved in the kitchen with the Ben’s Beginners Contest! To win:
1. Visit the Uncle Ben’s Facebook page and choose one of 36 different Ben’s Beginners recipes.
2. Head to the kitchen and have an amazing time preparing this meal with your kids.
3. Take a photo of your finished product, including the Uncle Ben’s product you used.
4. Enjoy a fun filled family dinner.
5. Upload your photo and enter the contest!
Prizes to be Won!
1 of 3 Grand Prizes of – $15,000 to put towards a family vacation!!! In addition to that $5000 will be awarded on behalf of the winner to their child’s school to be used towards healthy eating and healthy active lifestyle initiatives!
1 Celebrity Chef Experience with Chef Corbin Tomaszeski – includes a trip for a family of 4 to Toronto for 3 days, hotel, spending money, and a once in a lifetime experience of shopping and cooking with Chef Corbin Tomaszeski
Over 1000 Instant Prizes of coupons for free pack of Uncle Ben’s Bistro Express or Uncle Ben’s Bistro Express Risotto.
A guest post by Jenn. You can find Jenn and her crazy crew over on her blog 1Heart1Family, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter. Jenn is a working mom to two amazing boys and one Princess. 1Heart1Family is a blog about raising children, life with celiac disease and helpful product reviews so you can find the product that’s just right for you!
Disclosure: I am part of the Ben’s Beginners Program. All opinions are strictly my own.