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.

Big fat Greek tomatoes (Option 1)

Recipe courtesy of The Co-operative Food Magazine.

Low in Fat

Serves : 4              Time to prepare/cook : 1 hr 15 mins

Baked tomatoesIngredients :
8 large vine tomatoes
1 tblsp olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 tblsp finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
5 Co-operative Kalamata Olives, drained and chopped
75g long-grain rice
50ml dry white wine
130ml vegetable stock
Freshly ground black pepper
40g Healthy choice Greek salad cheese, crumbled

Method :

Bullet logo Carefully slice off top of each tomato and scoop out flesh.  Reserve.  Heat oil in a heavy-based pan and fry onions and garlic until soft and golden.  Add parsley, tomato pulp and olives.  Cook for a few minutes and then add rice.

Bullet logo Stir, then pour in wine, stock and black pepper and simmer mixture for 15 to 20 minutes on hob.

Bullet logo Heat oven to gas mark 4 / 180oC / Fan 160oC.  Spoon filling into each tomato shell and top with cheese.  Cook for 30 to 40 minutes.  Garnish with parsley and serve hot.

Feast from the East – Clay Pot Chicken Rice

Recipe courtesy of Psychologies Magazine (February 2017) and taken from “Malaysia : Recipes from a Family Kitchen” written by MasterChef 2014 winner, Ping Coombes.

It’s mesmerizing watching street vendors make this dish with 10 charcoal stoves on the go.  They place the pots with rice on top of the hob, which gives the dish its smokiness.

Claypot chicken

Serves : 2

Ingredients :
3 dried shiitake mushrooms
150g boneless chicken thighs, sliced
1 tblsp vegetable oil
10g fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 Chinese sausage (lap cheong), sliced
4 tblsp sweet soy sauce
1 tblsp light soy sauce
3 tblsp water
200g jasmine rice
Birds-Eye Chilli and Soy Dip and Stir-Fried Lettuce, to serve (Optional)

For the marinade :
1/2 tsp light soy sauce
large pinch of caster sugar
1/2 tblsp cornflour

Step One : Put the dried shiitake mushrooms in a bowl, cover with cold water and set aside to rehydrate for 2 hours.  You can speed up the rehydration by covering them with just-boiled water.  Drain the mushrooms, squeeze them to discard any excess water and cut off and discard the stalks.  Quarter the mushrooms and set aside.

Step Two : Meanwhile, put the chicken in a bowl and add the marinade ingredients.  Stir and leave to marinate for at least 20 minutes at room temperature, or 2 hours (covered) in the fridge.

Step Three : Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the ginger and garlic and fry until fragrant, then add the sliced sausage and fry for a further minute.  Add the marinated chicken and the mushrooms to the pan and continue to fry until the chicken turns opaque.  Add half the sweet soy sauce and all the water.  Continue to fry for 2 minutes more (the chicken needs to be nearly cooked through).  Set aside.

Step Four : Wash the rice in cold water and drain, then repeat twice with fresh cold water.  This will get rid of excess starch.  Transfer the drained rice to the clay pot, then fill it with water, until the water sits about 2.5cm above the rice.  Bring it to the boil over a medium heat, then turn down to a low simmer.

Step Five : For about 10 minutes, once the rice has absorbed nearly all the water, put the chicken mixture on top of the rice and cover the clay pot.  Continue to cook on the hob over a low heat for a further 10-13 minutes.  The rice will form a crust at the bottom of the pot.   If using:  serve with Bird’s Eye Chilli and Soy Dip and the Stir-Fried Lettuce on the side.

Mushroom and Chicken Risotto

Risotto rice gives this updated classic a deliciously creamy texture.

Serves : 4

Prep time : 15 mins
Cook time : 40 mins

Ingredients:
12oz (350g) chicken breast
3oz (75g) butter
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
6oz (175g) button mushrooms, quartered
11oz (300g) risotto rice
Salt and pepper
2 1/2pt (1.4 litre) hot chicken stock
2 tblsp (30ml) chopped fresh parsley

Step One : Cut the chicken into dice sized chunks. Melt half the butter in a large saucepan, add the onion and garlic and fry gently for 2 minutes.

Step Two : Add the chunks of chicken and the quartered mushrooms and fry together for about 5 minutes.

Step Three : Stir in the risotto rice and season well. Add 1/4pt (150ml) of the chicken stock and stir well. When the liquid has completely absorbed, add more stock, stirring continuously. Add all the stock in this way, letting it evaporate fully before adding more (after 20 minutes, the rice should be soft and swollen).

Step Four : Remove mixture from the heat and stir in the remaining butter and parsley. Season to taste and serve hot.

Easy Paella

You can make and serve this great family favourite all in the same dish

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Serves : 6
Prep time : 40 mins
Cook time : 50 mins

Ingredients:
¼ tsp saffron
900ml (1 ½ pints) boiling chicken stock
8 chicken thighs, skinless
225g (8oz) chicken or turkey sausages
1 tblsp paprika
2 tsp sunflower oil
¼ tsp chilli powder
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, peeled
1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped
2 courgettes, sliced
250g (9oz) American easy cook rice
400g tin chopped tomatoes
1 tblsp sun-dried tomato paste or ordinary tomato puree
125g (4oz) stuffed green olives
2 tblsp parsley, chopped

Step One : Dissolve saffron in boiling stock. Coat the chicken and sausages with paprika. Heat oil in a large pan, add chicken, sausages and chilli powder and brown for 5 mins. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Step Two : Fry onions, garlic, pepper and courgettes for 10 mins. Add rice and stir for 1 minute, then mix in tomatoes, tomato puree, olives and 1 tbsp parsley. Pour on the stock, stir and return the chicken and sausages to the pan. Bring to the boil.

Step Three : Simmer paella uncovered for 30 mins, then sprinkle with the remaining chopped parsley and serve immediately.

Tip: Turkey or chicken sausages have only half the calories of the traditional pork and beef sausages and they’re really tasty too.

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Turkey Rice Salad

Recipe taken from The Ultimate Christmas Cookbook

A delicious crunchy salad to use up leftover turkey during the holiday festivities.

Turkey rice salad
Ingredients:-
225g (8oz) brown rice
50g (2oz) wild rice
2 red dessert apples, quartered, cored and chopped
2 celery sticks, coarsely sliced
115 (4oz) seedless grapes
45ml (3 tblsp) lemon or orange juice
150ml (1/4 pint) this mayonnaise
350g (12oz) cooked turkey, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Frilly lettuce leaves, to serve

Serves: 8

Step One : Cook the brown and wild rice in boiling salted water for 25 minutes or until tender. Rinse under cold running water and drain.

Step Two : Turn the well-drained rice into a large bowl and add the apples, celery and grapes. Beat the lemon or orange juice into the mayonnaise, season with salt and pepper and pour over the rice.

Step Three : Add the turkey and mix well to coat with the lemon or orange mayonnaise.

Step Four : Arrange the frilly lettuce leaves over the base and around the sides of a warmed serving dish and spoon the rice on top.

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Prawn Creole

Serves: 4

Prep time: 15 mins;  Cook time: 16 mins;

Low Fat

Ingredients:
1 tblsp onion, peeled and chopped
2 tbsp green pepper, deseeded and chopped
775g can chopped tomatoes
2 tsp chicken gravy granules
1 tsp caster sugar
1 tsp dried thyme
A few drops of hot pepper sauce
2 tblsp cornflour
1 lb (450g) peeled cooked prawns
11oz (325g) freshly cooked rice
5oz (150g) chopped parsley

Step One : Place onion and green pepper in a large frying pan with 4 tblsp water. Bring to boil, then reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 3-4 mins, or until tender. Stir in tomatoes, chicken granules, sugar, thyme and pepper sauce. Simmer, uncovered for 8 mins.

Step Two : Blend the cornflour with 4 tblsp cold water and stir into pan. Cook stirring, over a medium heat until thickened. Cook for a further 2 mins.

Step Three : Add prawns to pan and heat through.

Step Four : Mix together rice and parsley and serve with prawn creole.

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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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Baked Rice with Fontina and Pancetta

This recipe courtesy of Easy Living Magazine

baked rice with fontina and pancettaComfort Food – Italian Style

Serves : 4  –  Prep time : 20 mins  –  Cook time : 25 mins  –
Cals per serving : 901  – Fat : 45.8g

Ingredients:  400g (13oz) Arborio rice; 2 tsp finely grated lemon zest; 1 tblsp roughly chopped basil; 100ml (3 ½ fl oz) double cream; 100ml (3 ½ fl oz) boiling vegetable stock; 140g (4 ½ oz) pancetta, cubed; 250g (8oz) fontina cheese, thinly sliced; 125g (4oz) grated Parmesan; Butter; 1 tblsp chopped flat leaf parsley

  1. Heat the oven to 180oC (gas mark 4).
  2. Cook the rice in boiling salted water until just al dente. Drain well.  Stir the lemon zest, basil, cream and stock through the rice. Meanwhile, sauté the pancetta in a large frying pan over a medium heat until starting to crisp.
  3. Spread half the rice in a greased 1.5l (48 fl oz) baking dish.  Top with half the pancetta, half the fontina, half the Parmesan and a knob or two of butter.  Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Repeat and make another layer, finishing with the Parmesan. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden.  Sprinkle with chopped parsley.
Tip: Be careful not to overcook the rice.  Give it just 11 minutes, as it cooks for a further 25 minutes in the oven.