Easy Cooking with Rice, Pasta and Couscous
Delicious simple meals using left-overs
Rice, pasta, couscous and other grains are ideal for people
who are unable to shop regularly, because they have such a long shelf life.
For fluffy rice always start with cold water. Use two parts water to
one of rice. Heat the water and rice to boiling then turn the heat down low and
put a lid on the pot. Check after ten minutes when the water has been absorbed
and you should have the perfect rice.
For lovely pasta use as much water as possible and add the pasta when the
water is boiling. Make sure the water is boiling so the pasta does not stick
The following recipes can use leftover ingredients.
Fried Rice Or Pasta
Cook the rice, grains or pasta: drain well and leave to cool. Make a
stir-fry with your favourite ingredients. (Cut these up more finely if you are
using rice, and more chunky, if you are using pasta). You may need to add extra
seasoning (garlic, sauces, herbs & spices) as starchy foods seem to absorb
a lot of flavour from the dish When everything is cooked toss in the rice or
pasta and mix well while heating.
Baked Rice Or Pasta
Layer cooked rice with finely chopped vegetables and or/meat and top with cheese or a
mixture of breadcrumbs, herbs, oil, salt and pepper. Bake in the oven on a
medium heat until the top is golden brown. Pasta can be used in the same way.
Try tossing the pasta in a sauce first (white sauce or tomato based) for extra
Couscous or any other grain can also be used for this recipe. In this
dish, the ingredients and seasonings are all added to the grains before
cooking. Try dried fruit, finely chopped citrus peel and toasted nuts or seeds.
For example mix uncooked rice with chopped chicken, onion, sultanas, cinnamon
and curry powder, add the cold water or cold stock and cook as for rice on its