Rhubarb and Coconut Rice Pudding

Recipe courtesy of Psychologies Magazine (May 2017) and taken from ‘A Year of Beautiful Eating’ by Madeleine Shaw.

Serves : 2

Rhubarb riceIngredients :
500ml rice milk or other milk
200g coconut cream
1 vanilla pod
1 cinnamon stick
1 cardamom pod
1 tblsp maple syrup
120g pudding rice or short grain rice
2 tblsp flaked almonds, to serve
Extra maple syrup, to serve (optional)

For the rhubarb compote :
2 rhubarb stalks
2 tblsp maple syrup
Grated zest and juice of 1 orange

Method :

Bullet logo First make the rhubarb compote.  Finely chop the rhubarb into 1 cm pieces.  Place in a saucepan with the maple syrup and orange zest and juice.  Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes until cooked through.  Keep warm to serve with the rice pudding.

Bullet logo Meanwhile, put the milk, coconut cream, vanilla pod, cinnamon stick, cardamom pod and syrup in another pot, over a medium-low heat.  Bring to a simmer and cook gently for 10 minutes, then bring to the boil and add the rice.  Cook for 20 minutes, stirring well, until the rice is cooked through.

Bullet logo Take out the cinnamon stick, and the vanilla and cardamom pods.  Serve the rice pudding with a dollop of the rhubarb compote, sprinkled with flaked almonds on top, plus a drizzle of maple syrup, if needed.

Bean and Pepperoni Risotto

Serves: 4 – Prep time: 20 mins – Cook time: 35 mins – Cals per portion: 560

A colourful, easy to make twist on a classic dish.

Ingredients:
3 tbsp (45ml) olive oil
1 onion, sliced
225g (8oz) carrots, diced
1 green pepper, deseeded and diced
200g (7oz) Pepperoni, sliced
1 tbsp (15ml) paprika
225g (8oz) easy-cook brown rice
225g (8oz) can chopped tomatoes
1 ½ pt (900ml) chicken stock
283g (10oz) can red kidney beans, drained
396g (14oz) can chickpeas, drained
50g (2oz) fresh grated Parmesan cheese
Basil leaves to garnish

Step One: Heat the olive oil and cook the onion until softened. Add carrots, green pepper and pepperoni and cook for 2-3 mins. Stir in paprika and rice. Cook for 2-3 mins, so all the grains are coated.

Step Two: Stir in chopped tomatoes and ¼ pt (150ml) of the stock. Cook, stirring constantly, until liquid is absorbed.

Step Three: Gradually add the remaining stock, waiting for it to be absorbed, before adding more. When it’s all added, the rice should be tender. Add a little more stock if necessary. Add the beans and chickpeas and heat through. Stir in the Parmesan and scatter over the basil leaves.

Mexican Rice

Serves: 4;   Cals per portion: 415;   Prep time: 15 mins;   Cook time: 30 mins

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 10oz (300g) long-grain rice
  • 1 red chilli, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 ½ pt (900ml) chicken stock
  • 8oz (225g) canned sweetcorn kernels, drained
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped
  • salt and ground black pepper

Step One – Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and sauté the onion and garlic for 3 mins. Add the rice and continue to cook for 3 mins.
Step Two – Stir in chilli, green pepper, stock, sweetcorn and tomatoes. Season well. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 mins, or until liquid is absorbed. Serve.

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