Cheese, spinach and zucchini rice slice
WITH the world recently marking World Osteoporosis Day on October 20, research
showed kids and teens are missing out on calcium in daily meals - putting their bones at risk as they grow.
More than half (54 per cent) of girls aged 9 to 11 years and 45 per cent of boys aged 9 to 11 years had inadequate usual intakes of calcium, and one in five girls aged 4-8 years had an inadequate usual intake of calcium.
Heading into the teen years, more than eight out of 10 girls aged 12 to 13 years and nine out of 10 girls aged 14 to 18 years had an inadequate usual intake of calcium.
The equivalent figures for boys in these age groups was around seven out of 10.
Gold medal swimmer Michael Klim put together some recipes for the Dairy Kitchen that are rich in calcium and perfect for children.
This rice slice is a delicious lunchbox idea that can be used as an alternative to sandwiches and can be enjoyed warm or cool.
Vary flavourings by adding corn kernels, lean ham, grated pumpkin or carrot in place of the spinach or try using different types of cheeses like crumbled ricotta or feta.
Explore the many delicious ways to hit your calcium targets at www.legendairy. com.au/recipes
1. Combine zucchini, spinach, spring onion, rice and cheeses in a large bowl and toss to coat.
2. Whisk together the eggs, milk and pepper and stir into the rice mixture.
3. Spread rice mixture into a deep 20cm x 30cm baking paper lined dish, cover
with foil and bake at 180°C for 30 minutes. Remove foil and cook for a further 30 minutes until eggs have set and rice is cooked. Cool to room temperature before serving or refrigerate until required.
4. To serve, cut into 20 squares and serve warm or cold.