Exclusive Interview with Angie Harmon

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I really love to cook with my daughter - not only a way to actually get food on the table, but I also find it to be an incredible bonding experience as she learns about new ingredients, measurements, etc. Actress and mother of three, Angie Harmon also believes in cooking with her children and recently partnered with Uncle Ben's and their Ben's Beginner Cooking Contest, a program designed to empower and encourage parents to connect with their kids, one meal at a time. Here are the highlights of our interview with Angie Harmon...

Interview with Angie Harmon

Through this playful contest, parents were asked to cook a kid-friendly recipe with their child. They also had to record the video and talk about the experience. The grand prize was awarded to Sydney Fialkow for her Sydney's Rice and Chicken recipe featuring Uncle Ben's Original Rice.

Angie also spoke about her own video recipe, which was prepared with fresh okra and how her daughter, also a picky eater, loved both the dish and the experience. She really loved the experience of working with Uncle Ben'??s and cooking with her kids to encourage parents and children to reconnect in the kitchen to develop a healthy relationship with food and each other. She not only loves cooking with her family, but appreciates that Uncle Ben's is a quick and healthy option to feed her family and one that is always a hit -especially with her families favorite dish Greek Chicken.

As for picky eaters, Angie suggests getting kids involved in the entire process so that they can really see what goes into making dinner. She also mentioned to get them involved by using plastic knives and to have fun with creative projects. She also refuses to make multiple meals for her girls, and gives herself a break by eating out once a week. She also mentioned that her husband (Jason Sehorn) does all of the grocery shopping.

We also spoke about the great home/work balance and she said that she tries not to be on her phone (or check her phone) when she is with her girls. We related on trying to focus and be in the moment and not be concentrated on work when we are at home. She also noted that her best piece of advice pertaining to work/home was from her friend Kyra Sedwick who told her, "Keep your heart where your feet are." Good advice that we can all use!

Chatting about food, picky eaters and trying to do it all (and maintain balance), Angie Harmon was refreshingly honest and wonderful to talk and she even shared a recipe for Salmon with us (see below) that pairs well with Uncle Ben's Jasmine rice and broccoli.

Angie's Favorite Teriyaki Salmon Recipe
Ingredients
For the Teriyaki Salmon:
4 (8 ounce) salmon fillets
1/2 cup prepared Teriyaki sauce
2 tablespoons pineapple juice
2 packages Uncle Ben's® Ready Rice® Jasmine
1/2 pineapple, chopped
1/2 pint grape tomatoes, chopped
3-4 scallions, chopped

For the Roasted Broccoli:
1 bunch fresh broccoli, stems removed
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper

Preparation
For the Teriyaki Salmon:
Preheat oven to 375°F.

Pour Teriyaki sauce and pineapple juice into a small bowl and whisk together. Place salmon fillets on an over-safe dish and pour sauce mixture over, making sure to completely cover salmon. Bake for 20-30 minutes.

Prepare rice as directed (90 seconds for each package in microwave). Pour rice from pouch on plate, top with one salmon fillet, pineapple, tomatoes and scallions

For the Roasted Broccoli:
Preheat oven to 425°F. Chop stems off and cut broccoli into bite-sized pieces. Place broccoli in a medium-sized bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss together.

Spread onto baking sheet. Bake for 5-10 minutes. Serve alongside salmon and rice.

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