Rice is Nice!

Use our easy ways to turn the boring staple into amazing dishes.

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Use our easy ways to turn the boring staple into amazing dishes.

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Five-Spice Beef Fried Rice

Prep 15 mins / Cook 10 mins / Serves 4.

250 g beef rump steak, trimmed, thinly sliced.
1 tsp five-spice powder.
2 cm piece ginger, peeled, thinly sliced.
4 garlic cloves, crushed.
1 bunch gai lan (Chinese broccoli), trimmed, sliced.
2 sweet mini capsicums, chopped.
2 cups bean sprouts.
250 g packet 90-second brown rice, cooked.
1 tbsp kecap manis.
1 tbsp soy sauce.
2 green onions, thinly sliced.
1 tsp sesame seeds, lightly toasted Chilli sauce, to serve.

1 Heat wok or large non-stick frying pan on high. Coat beef in five-spice powder. Stir-fry beef 1 to 2 mins until browned. Transfer to plate.

2 In same wok, stir-fry ginger and garlic 30 secs until fragrant. Add gai lan, capsicum and sprouts and stir-fry 1 to 2 mins until tender.

3 Mix in hot rice, sauces and beef. Stir-fry 1 to 2 mins. Serve sprinkled with onion and sesame seeds. Accompany with chilli sauce. 

CHEF’S TIP: Add a splash of water to the wok when cooking the vegetables to help them steam. 

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Beef Mince & Rice Burritos

Prep 20 mins / Cook 40 mins / Serves 4 to 6.

1 cup cooked rice, leave to cool.
1 tbsp olive oil.
1 red capsicum, seeded, finely diced.
1 onion, finely chopped.
2 garlic cloves, crushed.
500 g beef mince (see Chef’s Tip).
35 g packet taco seasoning.
400 g can diced tomatoes.
½ cup water.
125 g can corn kernels, drained.
12 mini tortillas.
1 cup grated tasty cheese.
1 avocado, flesh scooped.
Juice 1 lemon.
Sour cream, salsa, coriander, to serve.

1 Preheat oven to moderate, 180 C. Grease large baking dish.

2 In a large frying pan, heat oil on medium. Saute capsicum, onion and garlic 4 to 5 mins, until tender. Add mince and cook, stirring 4 to 5 mins, until browned.

3 Sprinkle taco seasoning over and cook 1 min. Add tomato and water to pan and bring mixture to boil. Simmer 4 to 5 mins until mixture thickens. Stir in corn and rice. Season.

4 Divide mince mixture between tortillas and roll up to enclose filling. Place into dish. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake 15 to 20 mins until cheese is melted and golden.

5 Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, mash avocado and 2 tsps lemon juice.

6 Serve burritos topped with guacamole, sour cream, salsa and coriander sprigs.

CHEF’S TIP: To reduce cooking time, replace mince with shredded barbecue chicken. 
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Spanish Rice

Prep 5 mins / Cook 15 mins / Serves 4.

250 g packet diced chorizo.
1 onion, chopped.
2 garlic cloves, crushed.
300 g frozen prawns, thawed.
2 x 250 g packets microwave Mexican rice.
1½ cups frozen mixed vegetables (capsicum, corn, peas), thawed.
½ cup fish stock.
¼ cup chopped parsley, plus extra leaves to serve.
Lemon wedges, to serve.

1 Heat a large frying pan. Saute chorizo 2 to 3 mins until golden and crisp. Add onion and garlic and saute 2 to 3 mins until onion is tender.

2 Stir prawns through and cook 1 min. Mix rice, vegetables and stock through. Bring to a simmer and cook 4 to 5 mins until almost dry.

3 Stir in chopped parsley. Serve scattered with extra parsley leaves and accompanied with lemon wedges.

CHEF’S TIP: Serve with crusty bread and a salad.
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One-Pot Rice & Chicken

Prep 15 mins / Cook 30 mins / Serves 4.

1 tbsp olive oil.
1 onion, sliced.
250 g chicken thigh fillets, sliced.
2 cups basmati rice.
2 x 400 g cans diced tomatoes.
2 cups water.
1 zucchini, diced.
1 bay leaf.
½ tsp dried thyme.
½ tsp dried oregano.
Chopped parsley, to serve.

1 In a saucepan, heat oil on high. Saute onion 2 to 3 mins, until tender (see Chef’s Tip). Add chicken and cook, stirring 2 to 3 mins until well browned.

2 Stir rice, tomato, water, zucchini and herbs through (see Chef’s Tip). Bring to boil then simmer, covered, 15 to 20 mins, until rice is tender.

3 Set pan aside, covered, 5 mins. Fluff rice with a fork. Stir parsley through. Serve with salad and crusty bread, if preferred.

CHEF’S TIP: Add some smoked paprika inStep 1, with the onion, to add a little heat.Remove hard, woody herbs (such as bay leaves) before serving.
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