Rice cooker Mexican rice

Rice cooker Mexican Rice

As I start to increase my running again, I am testing out adding some white rice (basmati) back into my diet. I have deliberately chosen white rice over brown rice, even though brown rice is generally thought of as the healthier of the two.

While the nutrient make up of brown rice on paper looks better than white, there is the issue of phytic acid:

But most of it is bound up with phytic acid and mostly useless to humans. Rats and other rodents produce phytase, which breaks down phytic acid and releases the bound minerals, but until we engineer rat-human hybrids, we’re not enjoying the full potential of brown rice. {Source: Mark’s Daily Apple}

As always please do your own research to assess what is best for your dietary needs. I will try the addition of rice for the next month and see how it goes.

I have always loved Mexican rice and it is a great addition to Mexican style meals like tacos and oven baked fajitas. This recipe makes a huge batch so unless you are cooking for more than 6 people, you might like to halve the recipe.
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Rice cooker Mexican rice
 
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Recipe type: Rice
Serves: 10+
Ingredients:
  • 3 ¼ cups rice
  • 400 grams diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsps cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
Method:
  1. In a jug mix tomatoes, stock and spices.
  2. Add rice to the rice cooker, then pour the liquid onto the rice. Give a light stir then set to cook.
  3. Once ready, fluff with a fork and serve with your favourite Mexican meal.

 

Our Family Menu Plan For This Week

Menu planning
On the weekend, the family and I worked together to create our menu plans for the next month. I had been doing it more myself lately so as to engineer it that I didn’t have to make too many separate meals for myself.

The kids and the husband still eat pasta and grains, but in a much reduced amount. Nights when there is pasta on the menu, I will have a veggie alternative as accompaniment where I can or left overs from another meal.

Day

Week Commencing 8th March

Sat540 homemade taco seasoning paeloHomemade Tacos
SunSlow Cooker beef

using-left-over-meat-puff-pastry

Seed slice
Slow cooker balsamic beef with pumpkin salad

Left over mince recipe - taco puffs

Seed slice
MonChicken sticksChicken sticks and salad
TueBaked Penne Pasta RecipeBaked penne pasta
Wedbeef stir fry recipeBeef stir fry and crunchy noodles
Thuslow cooker butter chickenSlow cooker butter chicken
FriEasy Homemade Pizza SlicesHomemade pizzas
Shopping ListWeekly menu plan shopping list 8th March 2014

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Comments

  1. says

    I keep white rice on the menu about once a week or so for the kids. I rarely partake though. Its funny how we think that brown is better but what Mark says certainly makes sense to me.

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