Green tea steeped microwave rice

This makes a great accompaniment to asian flavoured meats.  It is quick and easy, leaving you time to concentrate on the main.

Green tea steeped microwave rice

Green tea steeped microwave rice

 

1 cup basmati rice;

2 & 3/4 cups water;

Pinch of salt;

1 tbs green tea leaves, crumbled.

 

Put all ingredients in a microwave safe covered bowl.  Depending on the strength of your microwave, this should take around 12 minutes to cook.  I usually cook for 5 minutes, then stir, then another five, then leave it until the rest of the meal is ready, then give it a final 2 minutes.  It should be enough for four people.

White wine and buttered microwave rice

This is one of the easiest things I can think of to be made as an accompaniment, usually to a meat dish.  I use this often, particularly if I am making a main that needs a bit of attention, as this is so easy I can set it up and then leave it to look after itself.  Of course if you use gluten free stock powder, it is gluten free.  If you use a vegetarian stock powder, it will even be a vegetarian side dish.

I prefer to use basmati rice for microwave cooking.  Use a good brand, as the “no-name” ones can go gluggy.  I like basmati not only because I always get a good result, but a dietician once told me that basmati has a low GI so is better for you than some other white rice varieties.  So it is better for diabetics or people watching their weight than say, Jasmine rice.

White wine and buttered microwave rice – serves four as an accompaniment.

White wine and buttered microwave rice

White wine and buttered microwave rice

I cup of rice;

1/2 cup white wine (your choice, whatever flavour you like);

1 tbsp stock powder;

2 1/2 cups hot water;

1/2 cup frozen peas (or corn kernels, just something small);

1 tbs butter.

 

Put all ingredients except the butter in a microwave safe dish and cover.  The cooking time will depend on your microwave.  I usually cook on high for about seven minutes, then check it and stir it (there should be plenty of water left at this stage).  Then give it about five more minutes on high, as I said it will depend on your microwave.  Once it is done, stir through the butter and let it melt.  Leave covered for a few minutes to stand.

 

You can also add a small amount of herbs of your choice.  I don’t add any extra salt as there should be plenty in the stock powder.  You can of course use stock instead of the water and stock powder if you have some on hand.