Emergency Meal

6 Oct

This is one is a favourite with the bottomless tummies.

It takes about half an hour, which doesn’t sound very “emergency”, but there is VERY little hands on time.  It’s also very flexible, it’s easy to make this more balanced if there is a bit more time available.

  • Enough white rice (it triples in volume when cooked) – I use two cups when feeding 2 adults and 4 kids.
  • Salt to taste
  • An onion
  • Grated cheese (for two cups dry rice I use about a cup of cheese)
  1. Dump rice and water in pot (2 parts water to 1 part rice), salt the water.
  2. Turn element on high.  Chop the onion while the water is heating and add it to the pot.
  3. This is where you can add extras* if you’re able.
  4. When the water boils stir it ONCE to make sure no rice is stuck to the bottom.
  5. Turn element down low.  When the water has switched to simmering place a lid on the pot.
  6. Don’t stir it!  I know you’re tempted.
  7. About ten minutes after boiling the rice should be soft.  Turn the heat off and let the rice sit for another ten minutes.
  8. Dump the cheese in, stir it through, and…
  9. Serve.

*For one step up from total emergency you can throw some frozen mixed vegetables in.  One step from that might include some meat, shrimp is a big hit around here.  For a this-is-not-an-emergency meal you can chop and add whatever fresh ingredients your heart desires.  Oh, I nearly forgot, if you happen to have any soup left in the fridge from another meal a little bit can be stirred through with the cheese for a different flavour.

Bonus Parenting Points (but negative points on the housekeeping chart) – Make this just because the kids like it, and think to yourself that you will be able to tidy the kitchen up some while the stove is doing the work, then get a random thought in your head and make pipe cleaner glasses for/with them instead.

For more recipes, and some tips on food budgeting, visit Tasty Tuesday.

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