Now, I’m no Jamie Oliver, but I can still get a nutritious meal on the table that the whole family will love in fifteen minutes flat. “How???” You ask. Why, I cheat of course…
I always like to keep a couple of these microwave bags of rice in the pantry for those emergency fast, mindless dinners that you know the kids will eat. It’s perfect for those nights when you’ve done the kinder pickup etc… walked in the door, looked at the clock, all you really want to do is sit on the couch with a cuppa and the fresh pile of junk mail, but the kids are tired and hungry, hubby’s rubbing his belly and everyone’s looking at you for answers…
It’s interesting that I use these instant rice bags as I don’t actually own a microwave anymore. I cleaned mine about six months ago and the next time I went to use it, lightening bolts shot out of it at me. I took this as a sign and have been stove toppin’ it since with no regrets whatsoever. (Ideal extra bench space and spare power point too for my blender/food processor!)
Beware of different brands when it comes to these rice bags, always check for no artificial colours, flavours and additives – seriously your body and your kids just don’t need that junk.
I always buy the brown rice because we prefer it, even the kids. I highly recommend basmati rice if you don’t like brown as it has a low glycemic index, meaning it releases its energy slowly.
Of course, if you have the time and the inclination – certainly, cook your rice from scratch. And when you do, cook extra and freeze for nights such as these.
YOU WILL NEED
1 family bag (450g) of instant rice or 2 small bags (250g each) Approximately 3 cups cooked.
1 small red onion
2 cloves garlic
Half a capsicum, any colour, but Ren likes red
6 slices short bacon (or omit for a meat free version.) Please don’t support factory farming! We choose Istra small goods as they are locally and ethically produced and free of preservatives.
1 heaped cup of frozen peas, carrots, corn (look for Australan/locally grown)
4 good quality free range eggs, from a reliable source, local if you can. Please don’t buy cage eggs!
1-2 tablespoons of soy or tamari or if you’re very lucky, my special secret ingredient:
C’s aunty bought me this divine, soy chilli balsamic vinegar for Christmas and along with the plain balsamic glaze version, they are an absolute essential in my kitchen. Check out their website http://www.thereallystuffedoliveco.com.au and see if there is a stockist near you. So yummy!
note: We eat very little in the way of soy and if you prefer to avoid it due to its interruption of hormones, try coconut aminos as a substitute.
5 minutes to dice your bacon and veggies
5 minutes to fry – including the eggs. I move the veggies aside in the pan, crack the eggs straight in, break the yolks and let it form a kind on omelette then when it’s cooked, break it up and stir it through the other pan ingredients.
Add rice, frozen veggies, sauce and 1/4 cup water. Stir and cover for 4 minutes.
Send someone out to pick some fresh herbs for you, (J and C cut me some chives) leaving 1 minute to chop, scatter and serve!
See, nutritious food doesn’t have to take hours of preparation! Fast, easy, yum!