I have a healthy fried rice recipe for you this week from my special box of cheat meals. I call them cheat meals as I have found something to replace the long process sometimes involved. I love brown rice but cooking it can take more time that I have available after finishing our Outdoor Training Sessions at 7pm. So I came across the SunRice 90 Second packet rices which of course Woolworths and Coles also stock their own brands these days. In the spirit of all of my recipes, I just add a whole lot of ingredients and fill the pot.
Healthy Fried Rice
- 3 x 250g Brown Rice Packets
- Soy Sauce
Other possible ingredients: Mushrooms (I hate them), Peas, Zucchini, Chicken or Beef for some more protein or to make into a full meal. Why not add mince? Try some turkey.. whatever your tastes desire.
- Fry up onion, capsicum and bacon in a pot.
- In a frying pan I scrambled 2 large eggs and added to pot.
- Grated 1 large carrot and added to pot with 3 packets of 90sec brown rice.
- Splash on some soy sauce for moisture and thats it.
Can be served as a side dish or throw the meat into it the bowl to make a healthy, hearty meal. The kids loved this meal. No added salt, sugar or MSG. It can be reheated for later and I think we ate this pot of rice for a couple of day. It became a time saver for us after work. Have you got other great healthy recipe ideas? Send us an email with your recipes and you can be featured on our Website and in our Newsletter too.
A tasty meal to prepare in the morning or night before so you can leave cooking in your slow cooker throughout the day. Enjoy our Slow Cooker Apricot Curry Chicken. In many of my recipes I use recipe bases as cheats until I find a good recipe that has all ingredients from scratch. When we are time poor it is easier on the shopping list and brain to grab a jar or packet. RECIPE Ingredients:
- 1kg Chicken – Used Lovely Legs above, can use breast, thigh, whatever.
- 420g tin of Apricot Nectar
- Slow Cooker Curry Chicken Jar Sauce (Cheat)
Vegetables used in this recipe can be switched up to include whatever you have in the fridge, what is in season or what you enjoy or prefer. This week I also made this recipe with Butternut pumpkin which was delicious. Method:
- Dice vegetables and combine with all ingredients into the slow cooker. Turn on and let the slow cooker work it’s magic.
If you are running short on time but would still like to make this recipe, the ingredients can also be made in a saucepan or frypan.
- Fry up onions and chicken until brown
- Add jar sauce and apricot nectar to pan and combine well.
- Add vegetables and simmer until softened.
Serve with Give this recipe a try and feel free to sendme an email with any questions.
It’s that time of year when the nights are getting colder and motivation to cook is become more difficult. We are trying to balance the need for some warm comfort food as well as keeping to a healthy diet. I really love soups and home made is even better so why not try my favourite winter warmer Pea and Ham Soup. A quick note before you read any of my recipes, I don’t stick to a recipe well. I usually don’t have exact measurements so I will give you a guide. I also add a bit of this and that or whatever might be in the fridge or cupboard. Don’t be shy to experiment with flavours. RECIPE Ingredients:
- 1 Ham hock
- 250g of Split Peas / Soup Mix
- Season with veggie stock, salt and pepper
Method: 1. Place ham hock and 250g of Soup Mix into a large pot and cover with water. Bring to the boil. 2. Turn temperature down to half way and continue to simmer for up to 60 mins. 3. Dice all veggies and add to pot. Return to the boil and turn back to half way.4. Add seasoning of veggie stock, salt and pepper if needed.5. Let all ingredients simmer until soft and ham meat falling from the bone. The split peas should also be soft.6. Serve on it’s own or with a wholemeal bread roll. Cheats: Over the years I have discovered a few cheats when you are running short on time. This soup is best made on a Sunday afternoon when you have time to let it cook while you wander around the house. But if you want to cook in a short time, try these cheats.
- Ham hock meat – Coles now sell ham hock meat already cooked and taken from the bone. It tastes great and cuts down the cooking time required.
- Mushy Peas – A little trick my dad used once is to replace the split peas with a tin of mushy peas. It gives it the same thick consistency but cuts the cooking time down dramatically.
- Soup Packs – Who even knows what a ‘Swede’ is? Well I would never hunt one out but most supermarkets and Fruit & Veg stores sell the Soup Pack which include all of the popular veggies for soups. I have listed the usual ingredients above but feel free to add whatever veggies you enjoy.
Need more tips and tricks? Send me an email now and I will send you more information.