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My friend Tess sent me a link to this recipe on a fantastic Australian website.  I’ve put the links in my blog roll (along with links to some other cool sites and blogs). Find it on the left menu.

This recipe is great because it uses store cupboard ingredients and my children love tuna!  I’m planning to try substituting tinned salmon for the tuna too.

Serves 4 (still to be tested though)!

Ingredients:
1 cup rice
30g butter
2 tbsp plain flour
1.5 cups milk
medium tin of tuna in springwater
1 cup grated cheese
1 cup mixed frozen vegetables
small tin of creamed corn
pinch black pepper
pinch cayenne pepper

Method:
1. Boil the rice in a large pot of water.
2. Melt butter in saucepan. Add flour to butter and stir for 2 mins, being careful not to burn.
3. Gradually add the milk. Stir white sauce until the mixture starts to thicken. Add the grated cheese.
4. Add the drained tuna. Add the creamed corn.
5. Season to taste with peppers.
6. Add frozen veggies to almost cooked rice. Cook for a few minutes until done and rinse rice and veggies under cold water.
7. Pour rice and veggies into casserole dish.
8. Pour tuna mix over rice and veggies. Sprinkle with grated cheese and grill if desired to lightly brown.

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Hi there, this week has been hectic, so it is a quick post and a quick offering this week: Creamy Chicken Sauce which can be served on pasta, rice or baked potato.

Creamy Chicken Sauce
Serves 4

Ingredients

30ml oil
3 large chicken breasts, cut into small strips
1 onion, chopped
5 brown mushrooms, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
30ml flour
180ml chicken stock (warm)
375ml full-cream milk (warm)
250ml frozen peas, cooked
parsley to garnish

Method
1. Fry chicken strips in 15 ml oil until golden and set aside.
2. Fry onions and red pepper in rest of the oil in the same pan for 2 minutes.
3. Add mushrooms and cook for another 3 minutes or until mushrooms are cooked.
4. Add flour, stir and cook for a minute.
5. Add the warm stock, stirring constantly. Stir in the milk.
6. Simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently until the sauce is thick and cooked.
7. Add the cooked chicken and cooked peas and heat through.
8. Season and serve on rice / pasta / baked potato.
9. Garnish with parsley.

The beauty of this recipe is that the red pepper and mushrooms can be replaced with other vegies if the little darlings don’t like them! I struggle to get my children to eat mushrooms, so I’ve used courgette instead. Sweetcorn could be interesting to try too!

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