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

Lamb shank curry with Basmati rice

Jonathan loves indian food, but Kimberley finds that it takes too long, even in the slow cooker. So this recipe is perfect for the family – it’s quick, full of flavour, and reheats easily as leftovers.

Lamb shanks are full of flavour, and they need to be cooked until falling off the bone. This can take up to 4 hours in a slow cooker, but the Philips All In One set to Pressure cook function reduces the cooking time to just 45 minutes! Plus, it can sear the meat on high temp too, so you can really build up the flavours. It’s a very safe machine, so you really can “set and forget” – turn it on and walk away 🙂

We have a few more time saving tricks up our sleeve… instead of adding loads of ingredients to the curry, we’re using Barilla Arrabiata Sauce – it’s full of rich natural delicious Italian tomatoes and it has a gently chilli kick that their kids can handle. No preservatives or anything artificial means that their son, who tends to have reactions to food additives can eat it too. It’s a great pantry staple – and remember that it’s not only for Italian food!

The next time saving tip is to use Sunrice microwave Basmati rice – it’s got nothing artificial, and is naturally gluten free. We’ve use the handy family size pack, which is another pantry staple perfect for big families. And the best? It’s ready and warm in just 2.5 minutes 🙂

Watch us teach Kimberley and Jonathan this recipe on Episode 4 of Kitchen Rescue on TenPlay

5 minute leftover rice n sauce dinner

Leftovers are a big issue in many family fridges – if you’re anything like Kimberley and Jonathan you have bits and pieces of random foods in your fridge. We’re going to show you how to make something special out of them!

Oce of the most common things leftover is sauce – especially from thai curries, stir fries or even pasta sauce or stews. There is so much flavour in these, and it’s shame to waste them. So we love to grab leftover sauce, plus any leftover meats or veg, and cook them up with some rice in a big pot.

To make a super quick 5 minute dinner for your family, grab some pre-steamed rice from the pantry – we’re using the family size pack of Sunrice pre-steamed Brown Rice. Brown rice is a great way to get whole grains into your family diet.

Watch us teach Kimberley and Jonathan this recipe on Episode 4 of Kitchen Rescue on TenPlay

Kitchari, Indian Fried Rice

Jonathan LOVES meat, so sometimes he needs to be coaxed into eating more vegetables… so we’ve got a quick and easy indian version of fried rice – it’s called “kitchari” and it’s full of bold spices, fragrant basmati rice, and it’s all made even better by cooking it in Lurpak butter. In fact, we think butter should be a staple in everyone’s fridge, it’s especially important to help add flavour in vegetarian cooking.

One of Kimberley and Jonathan’s children is gluten free, so rice is a perfect base to any dish because it’s naturally gluten free. We’re using the Sunrice family size pre-steamed Basmati rice, because it’s so quick and handy in the pantry. In fact, all the ingredients in this dish should live in your pantry or fridge as staples. You don’t have to microwave the rice, it’s pre cooked so it just needs to be warmed through in the pan.

Don’t forget, this dish can be a main meal or a side dish.Watch us teach Kimberley and Jonathan this recipe on Episode 4 of Kitchen Rescue on TenPlay

Spanish rice

In Vanessa and Greg’s household, she does most of the cooking, and she wants a break from time to time! This recipe is SUPER easy, so it’s perfect for people like Greg who love eating, but are just beginning to learn how to cook.

For this newlywed couple, we hope to reduce any arguments in the kitchen and make cooking a harmonius and amicable place with dishes they both will love. As they both have different eating requirements, this is a vegetarian base to which they can add any meat or seafood too – Greg can throw in some grilled chorizo, and Vanessa loves prawns.

Greg gets home late from work, so it’s easy for him to throw this in one pot, and “set and forget”. We gifted a Philips Premium All in One to the loved up couple, the ultimate machine for one pot wonders. With the pressure cook function this dish cooks rice super quickly, so it’s a fantastic way to have dinner on the table in a flash on busy weeknights.

The flavour base for this dish is called “sofrito” in Spanish, and it can also be used to flavour paella, soups, braises, and even slow cooked meats. Blend the sofrito in seconds in the Philips Pro Mix Hand Blender… and you can make extra sofrito and keep it the freezer, ready to go whenever you want to add a Spanish flair to your food.

Watch us teach Vanessa and Greg this recipe on Episode 4 of Kitchen Rescue on TenPlay

Korean Brown Rice Kim Chi & Fish

Date nights can be tricky… finding food that both parties will enjoy is key. “Bowls” are very trendy at the moment so they are sure to impress, and this Korean inspired version is a source of whole grains, protein, fibre, and essential vitamins & minerals… so not only is it tasty, but good for you too.


Rice, Quinoa & Feta Salad

Cooking for one can sometimes be boring, but before you reach for the takeaway, why not try our five minute salad? It’s packed full of protein and superfoods, with yummy eggs, quinoa, and delish feta so it’s a much healthier dinner than your average takeaway. It’s also a fab office lunch, you can whip it together in your kitchenette and make all your work colleagues jealous!

The best thing about this meal? No waste… the microwave rice is perfectly portioned for one, as is the cubed feta, and you can even use the oil from marinating the feta as a dressing!

Restaurant Perfect Rice Hack

Sticky, squishy rice is the worst! Use good quality rice every time you cook, as well as our 3 top tips to make sure your rice is never sticky again.

  1. Always use the correct proportions: 1.5 parts water to 1 part rice white rice, by volume not weight. Or if you’re cooking cooking brown rice, use 2 parts water. Rice cooks by absorption, so too much liquid will make your rice overcooked and gluggy.
  2. Don’t stir while it’s cooking, if you stir hot rice, you break the grains and release the starches, making it sticky
  3. Fluff gently with a fork after it has finished steaming off the heat with the lid on.


Vietnamese Shaking Pork Salad

We’re shaking things up in the kitchen this week, with a Vietnamese Shaking Pork salad. This Vietnamese classic is traditionally prepared with beef and white rice, but we’ve created a really healthy and tasty alternative for the whole family with pork and a quinoa & rice mix.

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