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From muscles to hair, bones to teeth, the body needs protein to be strong and healthy. It’s important that kids get protein at every meal, especially breakfast, to help maximize how their bodies use it. In fact, protein at breakfast can help keep kids feel full and satisfied, so they won’t feel hungry by mid-morning. My son just turned 7 and he still drinks milk every morning as part of his breakfast. Packed with 9 essential nutrients in each glass, milk is a delicious, easy and affordable way to give your kids protein plus other nutrients they need.
Even as an adult, milk is something I enjoy drinking especially with certain foods like pancakes, chocolate cake or spaghetti. There is just something about a cold glass of milk that is so refreshing! I love that not only is milk a tasty drink, it is also something I incorporate into my cooking, especially for my world famous mashed potatoes (Fine! They aren’t “world famous”…yet). Isn’t it amazing how food can trigger emotions and bring back memories?
A dish that I find extremely comforting is actually a Puerto Rican dish, Sopa de Leche (which translates to Milk Soup in English).
Not only is it delicious and hearty, it also reminds me of my mom because she is the one that makes it for me, especially whenever I was under the weather. Even as an adult, I still ask my mom to make it for me. There’s something about it that makes me feel better and reminds me that I will always be her baby.
This time, I gave it a shot and made some myself and thankfully it came out yummy! You have to try it, so here is the Sopa De Leche recipe I used.
- 4 cups of fresh milk
- 6 cups of water
- 2 cups of rice
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- Boil 6 cups of water
- Wash and drain the rice and add to the water
- Add 2 teaspoons of salt
- Bring to boil and then put heat on Medium
- Boil for 20 minutes stirring occasionally
- Lower the heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes or until rice is tended.
- Once water has evaporated and you feel it needs more, pour in enough milk to cover the rice.
- Once rice is tender, remove from the heat and add remaining milk.
- Serve the Sopa De Leche and Enjoy!!!
*The rice will continue to soak up the milk, so I would serve it immediately (be careful, it’s hot). You can always continue to add milk as needed. Actually, by pouring in cold milk your soup will cool down faster.
MilkPEP’s first milk and Strength ambassador, Chopped winner and Celebrity Chef/Owner, Giorgio Rapicavoli is recreating his favorite Latin recipes by adding milk and its 8 grams of high quality protein with every serving. One example is Natilla de Vainilla con Bananas (Vanilla Pudding with Bananas) which you can see a video of here. You can also check out more of his recipes here.