Cuban chicken and rice with mojo sauce, Arroz con pollo

May and Maha love experimenting with trendy international cuisines, and Cuban food is definitely on the hot trend radar.

This dish was adapted by the Cubans from the Spanish paella, it shares many similar flavours like saffron and smoked paprika, and it uses the same kind of rice – a medium grain white rice (we used Sunrice). But the dish is firmly planted in Central American cooking, and their hearts, with plenty of cumin and dry oregano added to give it a distinct flavour.

The best thing about this dish is that it’s all cooked on one pot – so it’s perfect for May and Maha, who hate washing up. It’s a great family meal, and perfect for the girls to make for a big group of their flatmates too. There’s rarely any left as it’s sooooo tasty, but if you do have leftovers – some say it tastes even better the next day.

The mojo sauce is a Cuban favourite, and goes perfectly with any roast or bbq meats, as well as this rice dish. It’s essentially a garlic-citrus sauce and is made with a special kind of bitter orange juice. Here in Australia we use a combination of orange and lime juice to replicate the authentic flavour.

Watch us teach May and Maha this recipe on Episode 6 of Kitchen Rescue on TenPlay

Vegetable and chicken sausage rolls

If you have fussy kids (or a fussy adult) in your life, then this recipe can trick even the pickiest of eaters! There are more vegetables than meat in this sausage roll, and the trick to hiding the veggies is to chop them very finely so they can’t be picked out, but not to puree or squish the veggies, or it will make the sausage rolls soggy.

The veg are perfectly chopped using a really cool product from Philips called the Pro Mix Opti Chop. Essentially it chops, and as soon as the veg is small it falls through a honeycomb shaped attachment where it is held in storage un1. til all veg is chopped, so it doesn’t get squashed like you would normally get in a food processor (it’s the only machine we’ve seen that does this… pretty cool!)

It’s also important to have really light flaky pastry… so they are best cooked from cold to get the best flaky pastry. We’ve also baked the rolls in an Air Fryer – the circulating air means that the pastry is cooked evenly all over – most ovens tend to burn on top and have soggy pastry underneath.

The best thing about this recipe is that you make LOADS, and they keep brilliantly in the freezer. So it’s great to get the kids involved in some ”arts and crafts” in the kitchen, then have the rolls on hand to cook up for afternoon tea or anytime you want a snack. Remember to store in an airtight container in the freezer to avoid freezer burn – we picked up some great ones from Howards Storage World

Watch us teach Simon and his kids this recipe on Kitchen Rescue on TenPlay


Blue Cheese Buffalo Wings

If dude food is your thing, then chances are you LOVE chicken wings! They’re a pub classic, but we’ve got a home made version that’s much healthier.

They’re cooked in an air fryer instead of a deep fryer, which makes great tasting fried food with up to 80% less fat. The turbo star fan system rotates the hot air, giving an even crispiness that you could never get in an oven… and once they’re cooked you’ll see just how much fat drips off the wings into the bottom of the tray.

The blue cheese gives a great flavour punch to the sauce, which is made with yoghurt, a healthier alternative to mayonnaise.

Healthy Chicken Parma Hack

Pub food… tick! There is no better way to win a true blue aussie male’s heart than with a really good parmy. Only problem is, that it’s not always that healthy.  The schnitzel is deep fried, then covered with waaaaaaayyy too much cheese. In our healthier version of this pub classic, we use an air fryer and just a little spray oil to cook a crispy schnitty, and it’s covered with some really good basilico pasta sauce, and finally topped with parmesan. A little bit of strong flavoured cheese goes much further to make your meal delicious, compared to a tonne of flavourless light cheese. Cooking for 1 person has never been so delicious!


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