So, I’ve previously blogged about being useless at cooking rice. But, I’ve mastered it (finally!) and it wasn’t long before I started pimping it. I mean, rice on it’s own is pretty boring, right? And it isn’t exactly a nutritional power house. Sometimes though, it is the only part of the meal that gets eaten with kids, so it’s important to try and add as much goodness into it as possible.
I know, I’ve said before that I don’t like hidden veggies, but this is an exception to the rules, because sometimes hidden is the only way! So these are the ways I pimp my rice.
OPTION 1: Switch your white rice for brown, it is better for you an yummier too (my kids like it slightly crunchy) sure it takes longer to cook, but I cook mine in my Kambrook Rice Master and it’s basically set and forget, so it’s a small change for me.
OPTION 2: Cook it in stock. I make my own chicken stock, vegetable stock and beef stock. If you want the rice lightly flavoured but with added nutrients switch the water for vegetable stock. For a little more flavour use chicken stock and for serving with a hearty stew you can get away with beef stock. You can also pop some herbs into the cooking liquid, finely chopped.
OPTION 3: Not quite milanese risotto. Finely chop an onion and mince two cloves of garlic. Cook until soft with some olive oil. Add to the rice cooker with two strands of saffron and use chicken stock. Cook until ready then stir through 1/2 a cup of parmesan cheese and a tbsp of butter. It’s so yummy! And the perfect comfort food for sick kiddies.
OPTION 4: Grate a carrot and a zucchini and add finely chopped broccoli into the rice and cook with chicken stock. It tastes awesome…and the veggies end up virtually unnoticeable! You can also pop in some frozen corn and peas for the last 5 minutes if you want.
OPTION 5: Using brown rice (needed for the cook time) add dried french (puy) lentils and quinoa. I do 1/4 cup lentils and 1/2 cup quinoa for each cup of rice you also need to add an extra 1/2-3/4 cup of water per rice cup depending on your rice cooker. If you cook this with chicken stock it tastes amazing.
And! The winner of the My lil Pouches giveaway (I asked Miss 4 to help me decide and mango and passionfruit got her excited):