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.

Nutrition Tip: Alone, beans and rice are incomplete proteins, meaning they lack all of the essential amino acids our bodies need. Together they complete one another, providing all of the essential amino acids found in animal proteins.

Panda Bear Rice & Beans

Amber Gray
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course 5 ingredients or less
Servings 1
Calories 379 kcal


  • 1/2 cup cooked white rice
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium black beans drained, rinsed
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 kiwi peeled, sliced
  • 1 slice low-sodium deli turkey


  • 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.


Calories: 379kcalCarbohydrates: 77gProtein: 17gFat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 255mgFiber: 16gSugar: 21g
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