This post is sponsored by Uncle Ben’s. All content is my own.
Don’t you love being able to teach your kids about things you love?
That’s exactly how I feel about cooking! Getting in the kitchen and making meals for my family brings me so much happiness.
Being able to pass that love of cooking and baking on to my kids is one of my favorite parts of being a mom.
Our son Jonas is getting a little bit older and has been wanting to help out with dinners more lately.
Not only is it so fun to teach him to cook, but teaching him has so many benefits.
Here are some huge benefits I see in teaching my kids cooking skills:
- They are getting valuable one-on-one time with their parents
- Cooking skills will make them more capable adults
- It introduces them something new (Maybe they will want to become chefs someday?)
- Memories are being created that will last a lifetime. (Do you remember cooking with your Grandma or Mom when you were little?)
- Letting them help gives them confidence that you believe they are able to do something important
- Preparing family dinner is another opportunity to disconnect from screen time/electronics
- Your kids are able to see the work that goes into the meals they eat each night
Since I am pregnant, have a busy toddler, and am very busy myself I like to keep our family dinners quick and easy.
One of my favorite easy meals is Tex-Mex Chicken Bowls.
This is a meal that is easy enough for my son to help me make. It doesn’t take a whole lot of time, yet there are a lot of things I can ask him to help out with in the process.
Easy Tex-Mex Chicken Bowls
Here’s What You’ll Need
- One box of Uncle Ben’s Original Rice
- 2 lbs Chicken Breasts or Tenders
- 1 Can of Corn
- Sour Cream
- Salsa * Optional
- 1 Lime
- Chopped Cilantro
- Mexican Seasoning
Here’s What to do:
- Cook Uncle Ben’s Rice according to directions on the box. We made the full 12 servings because we usually are feeding extended family and love having leftovers! I love using Uncle Ben’s rice in particular because the cooking directions on the side of the box are so easy to follow. You can read through them together with your kids and the rice always comes out perfect.Uncle Ben’s is committed to getting kids in the kitchen through their Ben’s Beginners program. On the Uncle Ben’s page you can learn more about the program and grab some more easy recipes to make with the kids! Cooking the rice gives so many opportunities to get the kids involved, like when pouring and stirring the rice.I like to take the rice off the stove while letting them stir, since our stove stays pretty hot.
- Season your chicken tenders with salt, pepper, and mexican seasoning
- Grill Chicken Tenders for 2 minutes per side. You may need to slice them depending on the size.
- Stir chopped cilantro
- Drain and stir canned corn into rice
- Serve rice in bowls topping them with sliced chicken
- Garnish with chopped cilantro, sour cream, and/or salsa
Do you like getting your kids in the kitchen? What are your favorite go-to meals to make with them? How do you think they benefit from learning to cook? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!