Mexican Flavoured Red Rice

29 Mar

A rice dish that can be eaten hot or cold. This recipe will serve four when bulked out with salad or other foods. Great for lunches to take to work. Use kidney beans or peas. Try using red rice found in supermarkets, its very chewy and high in protein.

Ingredients:

 

  • 1 tablespoon of Coconut oil
  • 1 tsp of cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp dried coriander
  • 1tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp of dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder (hot or mild)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder (you could try fresh garlic)
  • 2 onions
  • Grated carrot (optional)
  • 200g cooked kidney beans or frozen peas
  • 200g uncooked Red Rice

Boil the rice as the packet suggests…meanwhile

Add the oil to pan and heat until it starts to sizzle, turn down the heat and the cumin seeds and fry lightly for one minute.

Add the onions and grated carrot if using then fry for a minute or two until onions go soft.

Add the coriander, paprika, oregano, chilli powder and garlic powder and mix all ingredients well.

Next add in your freshly cooked red rice (or rice of choice) and stir fry all ingredients together for up to five minutes.

Serve immediately or save for cold dishes.

I ate it with Cabbage Salad (inspired by Jamie Oliver) and roasted sweet potato chunks and everyday salad.

 

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Lime, chilli and cabbage salad with mex rice and peas
Mex Rice with sweet Potatoes and salad (cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper and rocket leaves.
Mex Rice with kidney beans, sweet potatoes and salad (cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper and rocket leaves. Sweet potatoes were previously cooked by roasting in coconut oil and added cold

 

Served with chopped red onion, cucumber, cherry tomato and peppers and a whole avocado. I used a teaspoon of chilli powder in this one!
Served with chopped red onion, cucumber, cherry tomato and peppers and a whole avocado. I used a teaspoon of chilli powder in this one! Also a different brand of red rice (found in the world foods aisle of the supermarket. Much cheaper but not as red as the other rice.

Lime Infused Cabbage salad

22 Mar

The measurements of the ingredients do not have to be perfect. Judge by eye and preference.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 white cabbage
  • 1-2 red onions
  • 1 large grated carrot
  • 6 radishes
  • Fresh coriander
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1-2 red (mild) or hot green chillies or use both
  • juice of two fresh limes

Shred and chop everything and mix into a large bowl. Drizzle over the lime juice, sprinkle on some Himalayan salt and leave to infuse. Very refreshing!

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This goes nice with Mexican Flavoured Red Rice

Spicy Pan Fried Chips

04 Mar
Spicy Pan Fried Chips. Great hot, or cold in a salad
Spicy Pan Fried Chips. Great hot, or cold in a salad

Ingredients: Serves 1-2

  • 2 Sweet Potatoes (or regular potatoes, cut them into French chips)
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic finely chopped (frozen is ideal)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon of chilli powder (hot or mild)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground turmeric
  • pinch of pink Himalayan crystal salt (optional)

Add the coconut oil into your frying pan and when hot reduce heat to low and add mustard and cumin seeds and wait for them to pop. This will happen within seconds.

Add the chopped garlic, fry for a minute then remove the pan form the heat and add the Chilli and turmeric powder.

Add the potatoes to the pan and briefly return to a high heat until sizzling, cover the pan (I use a plate) and reduce to the lowest heat and allow to gently cook for anywhere between 10-20 minutes.

Keep checking and stirring until potatoes are soft.

You can even turn the heat off, leave covered and leave for another 5-10 minutes to allow further softening of the chips.

 

 

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