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My near 4 yo dd is a fiend for rice. She used to love EVERYTHING I put in front of her but these last few months she's been going through a real picky phase where she hates anything with a bit of flavor or zing. It's a major accomplishment today because she's willingly participating in Pizza Friday at her daycare today. This, after 6 months of her boycotting it. That being said, I'm wondering if I can sneak in some varied food items under the guise of rice balls.<br><br>
I've never made them before but I know if she helps make her lunch, she'll probably eat and like it. What can I do?
 

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You can put a small gollop of peanut butter or almond butter in the middle and cover it up. You can put a strip of nori around it. Make an almond butter and namu shoyu sauce for dipping the rice ball into. Mix the rice with rice vinegar, diced carrots, seaweed, and sesame seeds, and a little sugar and roll into balls. This is all for sushi rice but I bet it would work for brown rice as well just make it a little stickier.
 

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OK I live in Japan so this is something I know about.<br>
First to make the ball place a handful of hot rice in a bowl to cool down a bit.<br>
Wet your hands and put some salt on them.<br>
Put the rice in your hands and make a ball. Some people here like to then put it in saran wrap and squeeze to make the ball tighter. You can do round or triangle shapes.<br>
You can put anything in the rice. Lots of veggies can be cooked right with the rice, carrots, beans etc. or chicken. Fish is usually cooked then added.<br><br>
After you make the ball wrap with nori, usually two squares.<br>
Have fun.<br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">You can put a small gollop of peanut butter or almond butter in the middle and cover it up. You can put a strip of nori around it. Make an almond butter and namu shoyu sauce for dipping the rice ball into. Mix the rice with rice vinegar, diced carrots, seaweed, and sesame seeds, and a little sugar and roll into balls. This is all for sushi rice but I bet it would work for brown rice as well just make it a little stickier.</div>
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Those sound delicious. I think we'll try the peanut butter next weekend. Her daycare has a no peanut rule. And having witnessed first hand how one of the babies in my youngest dd's class is allergic, I really want to be careful now - poor kid.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">First to make the ball place a handful of hot rice in a bowl to cool down a bit.<br>
Wet your hands and put some salt on them.<br>
Put the rice in your hands and make a ball. Some people here like to then put it in saran wrap and squeeze to make the ball tighter. You can do round or triangle shapes.<br>
You can put anything in the rice. Lots of veggies can be cooked right with the rice, carrots, beans etc. or chicken. Fish is usually cooked then added.</td>
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Thanks for the step by step. My rice cooker has a steamer basket so I can do both veggies and rice at the same time. Cool! I'm getting excited about trying this out with her.
 

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We do some rice things more like sushi, rice balls (with or without seaweed) with:<br>
-canned wild salmon in a bit of mayonaise with small strips of carrot<br>
-scambled egg cut into slices with small strip of zucchini<br><br>
Then we also do more like Italian rice balls. Mix an egg & a bit of grated parmesan into the hot rice. Make a small ball, then stuff a small cube of cheese (we use mozzarella) into the middle, roll in wheat germ, then bake (maybe 15 min). These are great hot or cold, and are great for lunch boxes.
 

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grind up some sesame seeds and coat the onigiri with them, or mix through the cooked rice or just sprinkle a bit on the top.<br><br>
when you put the rice in the the rice cooker, throw in some peas as well - pea onigiri!
 

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