WARNING: Sarah's In The Kitchen!

6 Jul 2013

 When I decide to cook or bake there needs to be hazard signs surrounding the kitchen so it's on a very rare occasion that I decide to make myself tea. However recently I have been wanting to explore new recipes in my all new regime of trying to be healthy; to not get that 'summer body' but to try and myself feel happier in my skin.This is fairly hard for me because of how much of a fussy eater I am and so when I stumbled upon this recipe I was definitely ready to try it.
When I went on a weird rampage in downloading many free food apps, I downloaded the 'BeFoodSmart' app run by the organisation 'Change 4 Life'. The recipes on this app were limited but some were just taking a meal that mostly kids would love and putting a slight healthy twist onto it. While scrolling through their recipes for dinner times I found one entitled 'Jollof Rice'. This dish is just plain white rice in a sort of tomato sauce. The instructions on the app were slightly vague and confusing so I'm now, below, going to tell you how I made it myself.
On the app it also gave ingredients for a quantity of 8 adults so i modified to suit half of that.

You Will Need:

  • 200g of plum tomatoes
  • 1/2 an onion; finely chopped
  • 1/2 a red pepper chopped 
  • 50g of tomato puree (If you have this in a tube like me I used just under a full tablespoon)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • a small garlic clove;crushed
  • 1/8 curry powder (use a quatre measure but obviously take off half
  • 1/8 dried thyme (same again)
  • 350ml of vegetable stock (chicken stock can be used if you choose to or even water if you prefer)
  • 250g of long grain white rice 
  • 1 pinch of ground black peper
What to do:
  1. In a food processer or liquidiser, place to onion, pepper and liquidise.
  2. Once finished, tip into a large pan, cover and cook on a medium to high temperature for roughly 7 minutes.
  3. Next, add the tomato puree, bay leaf, crushed garlic, curry powder and thyme and leave to simmer for a further 2 minutes stirring occasionally.
  4. Now, add the stock and bring to the boil.
  5. Once boiled add the rice grains, turn down the heat, cover and leave to simmer over a low heat for 15-20 minutes or until the rice is tender. If there is not enough liquid feel free to add water to stop the rice from burning.
  6. When I feel the rice is finished I leave it to simmer and some chicken- this is the healthiest way to have chicken as it basically drains away the fat. 
  7. Once the chicken is cooked I plate up with a portion of the rice the chicken and some baby leaf style salad and I now enjoy my meal!

I do hope you try this recipe yourself and enjoy!

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