Rice can be used in many different ways. The recipes here include risotto, rice cooked inside meatballs and rice as a side dish. Rice needs to be cooked in plenty of liquid as it absorbs a lot while cooking. Rice will triple in volume once cooked; 1 cup of uncooked rice will make 3 cups of cooked rice.

    Baked chicken risotto

    *Can be prepared early *Not suitable to freeze
Ingredients
6 serves 25 serves 60 serves
Olive oil 1/2tbsp 2 tbsp 3 tbsp
Brown onion 1 small 1 large 2 large
Chicken thight fillets 350g 1.5kg 3.5kg
Chicken stock 1 litre (4 cups) 4 litres 10 litres
Baby spinach leaves 150g 600g 1.5kg
Pumpkin 400g 1.5kg 4kg
Arborio or basmati rice (uncooked) 1 cup 4 cups 10 cups
Parmesan cheese 1 tbsp 1/4 cup 3/4 cup

Method

1. Preheat oven to 180C.
2. Peel and finely dice onion.
3. Cut chicken into small strips, removing any skin or bones.
4. Wash spinach, Cut pumpkin into small cubes.
5. Heat oil in non-stick frying pan over medium heat.
6. Add chicken to pan. Cook, turning, for 5 minutes or until browned.
7. Remove from pan and set aside.
8. Add onion and rice. Stir to combine.
9. Add stock, spinach and pumpkin to pan and bring to the boil for 1 minute.
10. Transfer mixture to a baking dish. Place chicken on top of rice, cover and bake for 25 minutes.
11. Remove lid, stir and return to oven, cooking for a further 10 minutes or until rice is cooked through and all liquid has been absorbed.
12. Serve with steamed vegetables.

This recipe is egg free.

Little fingers: Kids can help by washing and drying baby spinach leaves.
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Chilli Con Carne and Rice

*Can be prepared early *Suitable to freeze (chilli only)
Ingredients
6 serves 25 serves 60 serves
Olive oil 1/2 tbsp 2 tbsp 3 tbsp
Brown onion 1 small 2 large 2 large
Garlic 1 clove 2 cloves 3 cloves
Carrot 1 medium 2 medium 4 large
Celery 1 stalk 2 stalks 4 stalks
Red capsicum 1 2 10
Chilli powder 1/2 tsp 1 tsp 2 tsp
Ground cumin 1/2 tsp 1 tsp 2 tsp
Lean beef mince 250g 1kg 2.5kg
Chickpeas 1 x 125g can 1 x 400g can 3 x 400g can
Red kidney beans 1 x 125g can 1 x 400g can 3 x 400g can
Tomatoes 1 x 400g can 1 x 800g can 5 x 800g can
Cold water 250ml (1 cup) 1 litre 2.5 litres
Flour tortilla 6 25 60
Rice (uncooked) 1 1/2 cups 4 1/2 cups 15 cups

Method

1. Cook rice according to packet instructions.
2. Peel and finely dice onion. Dice carrot, celery and capsicum.
3. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, celery, capsicum to pan. Add chilli powder and cumin. Stir and cook for 6 or 8 minutes, until vegetables soften.
4. Add beef, stir and use wooden spoon to break meat into small pieces. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until mince browns slightly.
5. Drain and rinse chickpeas and kidney beans. Add to pan along with canned tomatoes and cold water. Stir and bring to the boil.
6. Turn heat down, allow to simmer for 30 minutes or until sauce has thickened.
7. Serve with plain cooked rice and flour tortilla. Provide toppings for children to add – mashed avocado, tomato, shredded lettuce or grated cheese.

This recipe is dairy and egg free.

Little fingers: Kids can help with choosing toppings and sprinkling them onto the chilli con carne.
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Tomato and meatball soup

*Can be prepared early *Suitable to freeze
Ingredients 6 serves 25 serves 60 serves
Concentrated tomato soup 1 x 420g can 4 x 420g can 10 x 420g can
Cold water 13/4 cups 1.75 litres 4.25 litres
Beef mince 400g 1.75kg 4kg
Brown onion 1 small 2 large 4 large
Basmati rice (uncooked) 1 cup 4 cups 10 cups
Eggs 1 2 4
Flat leaf parsley 1/4 cup 1/2 cup 1 cup

Method

1. Place soup and water in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to the boil.
2. Combine mince, onion, rice, egg and finely-chopped parsley in a large bowl.
3. Using 1 tablespoonful of mixture at a time, roll mixture into balls.
4. Carefully add meatballs to boiling soup. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 40 minutes or until rice and meatballs are cooked through.
5. Serve with peas, mashed pumpkin and potato and wholegrain bread.


Variation: Tomato and Chicken Meatball Soup

  • Replace minced beef with the same quantity of lean minced chicken.
  • Serve with mashed potato, steamed greens and soft bread.
This recipe is dairy and gluten free.

Little fingers: Kids can help by rolling the meatballs into shape.