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Creamy chicken and rice.

Creamy chicken and rice.

With the cooler weather approaching I find myself looking for ‘comfort food’. Generally speaking, something warm and yummy yet nutritious!

Now I made this in my ThermoMix but for those who don’t have a ThermoMix I’m sure you could easily cook this either using your stove top and food processor.

It’s my variation of chicken and corn risotto. The last step of blitzing you don’t have to do, I just choose to as I prefer it less ‘rice like texture’ and I also feed this to my 10 month old.

Ingredients

20g butter
3 skinless chicken thighs
150g aborio rice
3 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup quinoa grain – I use tri colour
400gm corn kernals (1 large tin)
400gm butter beans (1 large tin)
1/4 cup cottage cheese (I use low fat)

Put rice and butter in thermi, sauté 2 min at 100 degrees speed 2.

Add chicken stock and quinoa. Cook at 100 degrees in reverse speed 3 for 12 minutes.

Add all other ingredients and cook for 4 minutes at 90 degrees in reverse speed 2.

Once allowed to site for approx 2 minutes.

Purée on speed 6 for approx 10 seconds. (Optional)

I freeze this also in smaller servings for my 10 month old.

burrito salad!

Burrito Salad – healthy yet delicious!

Ingredients

1 1/2 x cups lettuce

1/2 x cup brown rice, cooked

1/3 x cup beans, cooked (I use the 4 bean mix that comes in a tin, simply drain and rinse)

1 x cup vegetables (try tomatoes, red peppers, onions, or roasted sweet potatoes)

2 x tablespoons avocado or guacamole

2 x tablespoons salsa

Sprinkle of low-fat cheese

Directions

1. Place lettuce in large bowl.

2. Add the rice and beans then toss.

3. Top with your choice of vegetables, plus salsa and cheese (if desired).

4. Eat cold or microwave for 20 seconds and serve.

You could also add some cooked mince it cook a steak or chicken breast, slice and also toss through!

Easy, full of flavour and heathy!

Jamie Oliver inspired fried rice.

Jamie Oliver inspired fried rice.

So I was watching a Jamie Oliver cooking show last night on how he try’s to minimise his food waste, and how thousands of dollars worth of food is water each year due to it simply going off prior to being eaten or used.

One of the recipes he made was a fried rice. It looked super easy and super delicious!

We all now how I like eating healthy, clean, easy, yummy food so I decided to make my twist on his recipe.

Ingredients
1 x family size packet uncle bens brown rice – cool in microwave for 90 seconds
1 x teaspoon garlic paste
1 x tablespoon chilli paste
1/4 x cup hot chilli sauce
2 x eggs
1 x small tin corn kernels
1 x bunch rocket – Finely sliced
1 x 100gm hot salami sliced
1 x 100gm roast pork

I used sandwich sliced roast pork and salami, pre packed from the supermarket. I always have sandwich meat in the fridge. You can always use ham, beef, chicken whatever you prefer. Jamie Oliver used left over roast beef.

In a large non stick fry pan heat the garlic, chilli and rice storing until all combined.

Add the corn followed by the meats.

Once all combined add the hot chilli sauce, then 1 egg making sure the raw egg is evening dispersed and cooked.

Add the rocket combine and press down firm so that the rice will crisp against the fry pan bottom and edges. Again Jamie used cabbage rather than rocket. I had no cabbage so used rocket instead.

With a spoon make a small well in the centre of the fried rice and crack the 2nd egg into the well.

Put the lid on and turn the heat off and let sit for at minimal 30 minutes.

These flavours enhance overtime and by leaving it sit with a lid on, the 2nd egg will cool from the existing heat.

This will last up to a week in an airtight container in the fridge.

I serve with grilled haloumi…! Yumo!

Remember as with most of my recipes, you can add as little or as much spice and flavour as you like! I like a lot of bite in my chilli – this recipe is only mild, I generally add 1/2 cup of extra hot chilli sauce.

Entertaining little ones.

Keeping your little one entertained.

Let’s be honest here, we sometimes wonder ‘what next?’ What can we do now? How can I occupy my little one?

Well I have also often have these thoughts, so here are a few of my favorite things to do with my little man.

1. Outdoor exploring – my little one loves the outdoors so we often go exploring in the gardens. Showing him flowers and various plants, insects, trees etc not only keeps him busy but also teaches him about his environment. Get involved and smell flowers, walk on grass, sit and play with dirt, lay on the ground and make picture out if the clouds in the sky!

2. Drawing with chalk – again outdoors. Get some giant chalk sticks and let your children’s explore on the drive way or pavement. Chalk is not permeant so easily washed away with a bucket of water or with the hose. Unleash your creative side and your little ones also! Draw animals, write words, create shapes – anything is possible – explain as you go and your little will will absorb all your knowledge, remember they are sponges!

3. Singing and dancing – every night when little man is in the bath we sing songs. This is a little special time for us and it keeps him in the bath a little longer than 2 seconds. Which is his usual. So if your little one is too busy to bath – get singing. Lots of nursery rhymes have hand actions and clapping and stomping are great for motor skills communicating. Our favorite is ‘eyes,ears,mouth and nose’ – ‘gloop gloop went the little green frog’ and ‘Open shut them.’ These are super easy and fun. Keeps both occupied and promotes language skills. Of course you don’t need to do this in the bath you can do this in the lounge room or anywhere.

4. Cooking – I know this sounds dangerous but I never give him sharp objects or anything that he can be harmed with. When I am preparing any meal I pop my toddler in his high chair and let him watch me. I give him a bowl, spoon, whisk and other plastic non shape utensils and allow him to imitate. This really helps with their development and learning abilities.

5. Sensory games – cheap and cheerful. Get some small containers from your Tupperware cupboard. Go to your pantry and pull out some rice and pasta, then head to your driveway and collect some pebbles approx 20mm in diameter then a small jug of water. Put the rice in one container, pasta in another, pebbles in another and finally the water in another. Allow your little one to sit and play with these. Not only is this another form of exploring but it’s teaching them different texture, shape, size and materials.

6. Reading books – my little guy loves to read! So every day we sit down and read at least 2 books. Not only is this quiet time, it also helps him to learn words, objects, images, colors and turning pages. He also sits by himself and turns the pages in his books chatting away to himself.

7. Chases – this can be indoors or out. Play catchies! You chase them then allow them to chase you. Also allow them to catch you and when you catch them. Make it special – give a little tickle or kiss. Guaranteed this will be fun for all involved!

If these don’t keep you and your toddler busy I’m not sure what will. 🙂

Remember they are only little for a short time so embrace their ability to learn and allow them to crate and learn to their full potential.

Want a healthy, easy rice salad?

Easy! Healthy! Rice Salad

Say no more – when you just want something easy – and relatively healthy but most importantly delicious!!

This is one of my favorite recipes, tried and tested!

3 x cups brown rice cooked n cooled – I also use the packet stuff that microwaves for 90 seconds
3 x shallots chopped finely
1 x half red capsicum chopped finely
1 x half green capsicum chopped finely
1 x half cup pine nuts
1 x quarter cup sunflower seeds
1 1/2 x cup unsalted cashew nuts
1 x tablespoon sesame seeds
1/2 x cup currents
1/2 cup sultanas
Toss all together!
Dressing
1/2 x cup oil
1 x quarter cup soy sauce
1 x large lemon – using the juice only
1 teaspoon garlic
Salt n pepper to taste 🙂
Mix dressing and pour over then toss before serving.
This will store in fridge for approx 5 days – if it’s not devoured!