Comfort Dessert: Baked Rice Pudding
May is the perfect time to think about the carefree days of summer. As the school year winds to an end, having comfort foods can provide a peaceful end to a busy schedule. With parties at every turn, I try to include desserts that provide nutrients for my growing family. May is also National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month, a time to think about protecting your bones and your family’s bones.
Are you all getting enough calcium and exercise? Take the quick Calcium Quiz to know for sure. Chances are, everyone in the family could use more calcium in their diets. Kids today break more bones than we parents did when we were young. The best way to prevent bone fracture in childhood and osteoporosis in adulthood is to ensure that every family member nine years and older has three servings of dairy every day. Low–fat or fat-free milk, yogurt and cheese provide calcium and vitamin D, both important for building and keeping bones strong. Weight-bearing exercise is another great way to strengthen bones and prevent osteoporosis. Try walking, jogging, running, climbing stairs or aerobics for the biggest benefits. So let’s celebrate the end of the school year, walk to the kitchen and build strong bones by making this simple Baked Rice Pudding.
Baked Rice Pudding
- 1 cup Uncooked white rice
- 1 cups Water
- 3 Eggs, beaten
- 3 cups Nonfat milk
- 1/2 cup White sugar
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1/3 cup Raisins
- 1 pinch Ground nutmeg
Place uncooked rice in a 3 quart saucepan, and add water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine beaten eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt. Mix well. Stir in rice and raisins. Pour into a 10x6x2 inch baking dish.
Bake uncovered for 30 minutes; stir pudding and sprinkle with nutmeg. Bake additional 30 minutes or until a knife inserted halfway between the edge and the center comes out clean
Nutritional Information Baked Rice Pudding 11 Servings Per Recipe: Calories: 165 Total Fat: 2.4g Cholesterol: 61mg Sodium: 145mg Total Carbs: 28.9g Dietary Fiber: 0.4g Protein 4.5 g
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What foods will you try to build strong bones for you and your family?
Trina Robertson, MS, RD is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition. As a HealthyEating.org Mom she shares her positive approach to healthy eating with the goal of inspiring others to prepare and enjoy foods from each of the food groups. As a Project Manager with the Dairy Council of California, Trina develops, evaluates, and promotes nutrition education materials for students and adults. At home she enjoys cooking and sharing meals with her family. Her most rewarding accomplishment is that her boys are good eaters and are learning to cook. Follow Trina on Twitter @TrinaR_RD and find more Healthy Eating ideas on Facebook.