Cheese, spinach and zuc­chini rice slice

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - News -

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

Method

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.

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