Parents often tell me that they cannot eat with their children, because kids can’t eat spicy food.
And sure enough, you do not want your child to bite on one of those very hot chillies! By the way did you know the Ghost Pepper is the hottest chili in the world (it has x400 times the burning power of tabasco!).
Spices are not just about hotness though, they bring taste, and nuance to your dishes. They are probably the best thing that happened to British cuisine!
As you prepare this pilau rice, use some spices sparingly for taste, and keep your more intense ones (mixed in a bit of water) for a final seasoning, when you have served your children.There you have it: everyone is getting the same dish and adults may get the spicier version. You have used one pan and made your life so much easier!
- make sure ingredients are cooked to break down easily once in the mouth
- cut them to a size that makes it easy for baby to grab. Check cooking by pressing them between your thumb and index, they should be squishy.
- Remove kale if you are at the beginning of your BLW experience, it requires a fair bit of chewing ability. No need to cook with wine at this stage either.
- Pepper can be cooked in oven to really soften and peeled off.
- Avoid overly hot spices.
Ingredients for 4: 10 mins prep, 40mins cooking time.
- Brown rice, 1.5 cups
- Red beans, 1 can
- Capsicum 1 red, 1 yellow, washed and chopped
- Onion, 1 red, chopped
- Kale, a small bunch, washed and chopped
- Mushrooms, oyster or shiitake 200g, brushed and chopped
- Can of crushed tomatoes (optional)
- Herbs, sage, a few sprigs, chopped
- White wine, 1/2 cup
- Canola oil, 2 tbs
- Sesame seed oil, 1tsp, (optional)
- Spices : cumin 1 tsp, turmeric 1tsp, 3 cloves, 3 cardamon pods.
Let’s do it.
- In a large pan, place your chosen spices, herbs and cook with olive oil in large pan until softened.
- Add capsicum, and mushrooms, cook on medium heat whilst stirring until softened.
- Add rice and mix well, stir on low heat for a few min until translucent.
- Bring the heat up and deglaze with 1 glass of white wine. Scraping juices from the bottom of the pan.
- At this stage you can also add a tin of chopped tomatoes if you wish.
- Then cover the rice with 3 cups of water, (only 2 cups for white rice).
- Bring to the boil, cover partly and let simmer.
- When almost cooked add your choice of legumes (here red beans) and stir until warm.
- Then place your green vegetables (spinach, broccolis beans, or else) on top, and cook until bright green.
- Serve your children, and add your extra spices to your plate.
It’s done, all in the one pot! Family meals are easier than you thought. You can serve this meal with a side salad, a yoghurt based sauce and more!
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