African food recipes for kids usually involve some type of rice.
It's usually jollof rice, fried rice, ofada rice or some other variation.
I'll be honest with you.
I love the concept of introducing my toddler to delicious African foods.
However, I'm not a fan of the mess that comes with rice.
He literally had a few grains on his eye lashes the first time I attempted to offer him rice.
I thought it was cute.
By the 2nd time, I was a little confused as to how on earth he managed to get rice into his diaper.
By the 3rd time, I knew I needed a new way to offer him rice without ruining the carpet!
Cue, these jollof rice cups.
They are exactly what you think they are.
Delicious jollof rice but in toddler-friendly cup form.
Let me tell you how much my 1 year old loved these.
He loved them so much that I thought he would finish just 2. He ate 4. FOUR of these.
He loved them so much that he ate them all by himself.
Yes, you read that right.
I did not have to play airplane, read a book, or dangle toys in front of him.
I literally put him in his chair, put these in front of him and he ate them all!
Okay, okay. I had to cut them up into little pieces for him. I also had to go back and forth from the kitchen to bring him more everytime he finished the bits in front of him. But that's literally all I had to do.
He loved them, he ate them, and I am a very happy mama!
Needless to say, this easy African food recipe for kids is a winner in our home.
I'm sorry I have not done a complete nutritional analysis on these jollof cups.
However, use these tips to make this meal as healthy as possible for your child.
African Food Recipes for Kids: Healthy Tips
- Use as little cheese as possible.
We use shredded light cheddar cheese because it is a good source of calcium. However, use sparingly because of the high saturated fat content.
- Use brown rice for the jollof.
Brown rice retains a bit more nutrients than the white alternatives - so always go with brown rice where possible
- Go easy on the cooking spray.
There's no need to "fleet" the whole pan with oil. There is more than enough fat from the cheese to keep this yummy recipe moist 🙂
Okay, enough yapping from me. Let's move on to the good stuff a.k.a, the recipe!
African Food Recipes for Kids: Jollof Rice Cups
Toddler tested and APPROVED african food recipe for kids! These jollof rice cups will have your baby going WOW!
- 1 Cup Jollof Rice see notes for recommendation*
- 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 muffin tray, and bake in the oven for 15 minutes (or until the egg is cooked through). Enjoy!
*This is my favorite jollof rice recipe