Panda Bear Rice & Beans

Rice & beans is a common kid staple and this Panda Bear version is a great way to create a cute and quick lunch while you’re reading one of our favorite Eric Carle books, Panda Bear, Panda Bear. The beans are an great source of protein and fiber and will help to power your little one through their busy afternoon. Substitute brown rice, quinoa, or any other whole grain for an added boost of nutrition and don’t forget the kiwi and celery to round out this healthy lunch.

Panda Bear Rice & Beans
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 1
  • Calories: 379
  • Fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 77g
  • Sugar: 21g
  • Sodium: 255mg
  • Fiber: 16g
  • Protein: 17g
  • Cholesterol: 15mg
Recipe type: Lunchbox Ideas
Prep time: 
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  • ½ cup cooked white rice
  • ½ cup low-sodium black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 Zespri® green kiwifruit, peeled, sliced
  • 1 slice low-sodium deli turkey
  1. Arrange rice & beans in the shape of a panda. Create a tree out of the rolled-up turkey and kiwi slices and place celery stick in panda's hand for bamboo.


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