Last month my kids spent the day with professional chef Amanda Rivas, creating two delicious recipes using Uncle Ben's rice. The kids and I also appeared in a video of their cooking session, which you can see above! It was a great time to get all the kids involved with the cooking, and I wrote about their cooking session here.
Yesterday, my oldest son asked if he could help my husband and I prepare dinner. My other four kids were busy with other things, so it was perfect to have one-on-one alone time with him. Although it was freezing cold outside, my husband wanted to barbecue (which we do all Canadian winter long)! So, as my husband got the barbecue ready, I mentored my son on how to make rice and season fish for dinner (we used Uncle Ben's "Fast & Fancy: Fine Herb & Wild" rice in this recipe).
We decided to recreate Amanda's Parmesan Crusted Tilapia recipe that she had taught the kids at last month's cook and learn event. As my son had already created this recipe before, I thought it would be good to see how much he remembered.
|My Son Helps With the Rice|
Helping with the rice was easy for my son, and he followed the instructions well (measuring out the water and adding the rice seasoning into the pot). I showed him how to turn on the stove top, select the correct heat, and the correct way to stir a pot (by holding the handle in order to take control of the pot). We watched together until the water came to boiling, then covered the rice and timed for 15 minutes.
When the rice turned out so good, my son was really delighted that he created this tasty pot of rice "by himself". My son is really building up his repertoire of what he can cook with supervision and he's really proud of his achievements in the kitchen.
|Coating the Fish With Parmesan & Seasoning|
Instead of tilapia fish, we decided to use ocean perch fillets in our recipe. And for the parmesan crusted coating, I decided to make a simple coating of parmesan and basil. That's the great part about cooking from scratch: the ability to use what my family loves best, and what's on hand.
When my son had finished with the fish, we wrapped up the portions in tin foil for my husband to barbecue for 10-15 minutes. I love the way that fish cooks on the barbecue, even if it's in the foil and not directly on the grill.
Quickly the fish was cooked through, and my son transported the pieces onto a fluffy cloud of Uncle Ben's Fine Herb & Wild rice. Check out the delicious results, below!
|Kids Cook Quite Well in the Kitchen With Proper Supervision|
My family really enjoyed the Parmesan Crusted Ocean Perch on rice, and the cheese and basil really dressed up the plain fish. The meal was such a success, that I'll be adding this recipe to my monthly rotation! The rice was also super easy and turned out perfect.
|Our Parmesan Crusted Fish Recipe|
Adapted from Amanda Rivas's Recipe
Parmesan Crusted Tilapia Recipe
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese 125 mL
¼ cup Italian ﬂavoured breadcrumbs 50 mL
¼ cup ﬁnely chopped fresh parsley leaves 50 mL
1 tsp dried oregano leaves 5 mL
1 tsp paprika 5 mL
1 tbsp olive oil 15 mL
4 tilapia ﬁllets
4 ½ tsp each salt and pepper 2 mL
¾ cup UNCLE BEN’S Quick Cook PERFECTION Rice 175 mL
1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C). Combine the Parmesan, breadcrumbs, parsley, oregano and paprika. Arrange tilapia on a parchment-lined baking sheet; brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
2. Coat the top of the tilapia with the crumb mixture. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until ﬁsh ﬂakes easily with a fork.
3. Meanwhile, prepare the UNCLE BEN’S Quick Cook PERFECTION Rice according to package directions. Serve ﬁsh with rice and lemon wedges.
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