Many Nigerian food recipes for children usually involve some type of rice or cereal. It’s either Jollof rice, Ofada rice, Fried rice or some other variation of rice. Many moms love the concept of introducing their toddlers to delicious Nigerian foods, I’m sure you are too.
However, no one is a fan of the mess that comes with rice.
Imagine your toddler having a few grains on her lashes the first time you attempted to offer her rice. At first, you think it’s cute.
By the second attempt, you become a bit confused as to how on earth she managed to get rice into her diaper.
By the third time, you should know that you will definitely need a new way to offer your child rice without ruining the carpet.
This is where we cue in the Jollof rice cups.
Yep, they are exactly what they sound like: delicious mashed jollof rice in toddler-friendly cups.
This way, you don’t have to play airplane, dangle toys or read a book, just place your baby in his chair and place the rice cup in front of him. He’ll eat it all.
Now that you’ve found an easier way for your kid to eat his or her meal, how do you make it healthy? Use these tips to make your kid’s meals as healthy as possible.
HEALTHY TIPS FOR YOUR KIDS
- Use as little cheese as possible.
Try to use shredded light cheddar cheese because it is a good source of calcium for your kids. However, use it sparingly because of the high content of saturated fat in it.
- Opt for brown rice instead of white.
Brown rice retains a bit more nutrient than the white alternative. It is easily digestible and less likely to cause digestive or allergic reactions in your child – so try to opt for brown rice where possible.
- Use cooking spray sparingly
There’s no need to overspray the entire pan with oil (it’s a meal, not mosquito eradication). There is always more than enough fat and oil from the cheese to keep the recipe moist and yummy.
Alright, enough talk. Let’s move on the really good stuff: the actual recipe!
JOLLOF RICE RECIPE WITH RICE CUPS
This is a toddler tested and approved Nigerian food recipe for your kids. Best believe these jollof rice cups will have your baby wanting more!
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 5 Jollof Cups
- 1 Cup of semi-finished Jollof Rice.
- 1/4 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- 1 Egg
- Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees and lightly coat a muffin tray with cooking oil spray
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl, divide evenly into a muffin tray, and bake in the oven for 15 minutes (or until the egg is cooked through).
- Once done, it is ready to be served.
Now to spice things up for the older kids, a tasty meal for them is the Nigerian Battered Plantain. I once had the pleasure of eating it in the kids’ section of a wedding. It was served with hot chocolate and was absolutely delicious.
You can serve it with pepper sauce, a mayo-ketchup mix or even with a quick omelet for your kids’ breakfast packs.
Here’s how to prepare it:
- 1 Yellow Plantain (use green plantain if your kids prefer the crunchy taste)
- 1 Egg
- Seasoning cube
- Pepper (to taste)
- A big pinch of salt
- A pinch of baking soda
- ¾ Plain Flour (2 tablespoons)
- Water (enough to make a thick paste)
1. Break the egg into a
bowl, add the seasoning cube, pepper, salt and baking soda(if you’re using
Mix well, then add the flour and gradually add the water until you get a thick batter. Set aside for later use.
2. Slit the plantain and peel off the skin. Slice the plantains thinly in diagonal shapes or any shape that makes it interesting to your kids.
3. Dip the plantains into the batter and coat thoroughly.
4. Now you are ready to fry in hot oil until they are brown on both sides.
5. If you have any batter left over, don’t pour it away. Instead, add some milk and make a pancake on the side.
If you used the ripe plantain and your younger kids are able to eat it, you can serve the battered plantain alongside the jollof cups and any of the side dishes previously mentioned. On the other hand you can serve it with side of salad for your little ones.
A hot cup of chocolate is not a bad idea either.
Your kids both old and young are now in for a delicious and healthy Nigerian treat that gives them a taste of both the prideful African culture and a parent’s special loving touch.