1.5 lbs diced chicken thigh (vegetarian option use lentils or black beans)
1 onion chopped
2 tomatoes chopped
100 grams of spinach (about 3 large handfuls)
3/4 cup white basmati rice
1/2 cup corn – either frozen or from a can
3 tbs tomato sauce
1 cup chicken stock (vegetable stock for vegetarian option)
1 cup water
1/2 lime juice
Spices: 1 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp smoked paprika, 1/4 tsp garlic granules, 2 pinches of chili powder, S&P
Ghee for frying
Cheddar cheese optional topping
- Season the chicken with salt, pepper and lime juice, let it marinate while you heat the ghee in frying pan. Slowly sauté the onions for 5 minutes – covered
- Add chicken, cover and cook for 10 minutes on medium heat. Turn once. While your chicken is cooking, chop tomatoes, wash spinach, mix spices in a bowl, grate cheese.
- Add chopped tomatoes – cook for 2-3 minutes
- Add rice, tomato sauce, chicken stock, water and seasonings. Partially cover the pan. Bring to a boil then reduce heat slightly. Cook until rice is soft – about 15 minutes.
- Turn off fire, add corn and spinach, cover. Spinach will wilt in the heat and you can stir it into the rice once it’s wilted
- Serve and top with grated cheese
This is such an easy dish to prepare – the hard work is buying the ingredients. Once the ingredients are in the house, the meal can be made in about 30 minutes. Once the rice is added to the dish, it’s just a matter of leaving it to cook.
White rice is one of the primary sources of starchy carbohydrate that I feed to my girls. It gets a bad reputation because it’s considered ‘refined’ and also because it elevates blood sugar levels a bit more than brown rice. However, if you’re not trying to lose weight, and if you don’t have blood sugar issues, then white rice is perfectly fine, and in my opinion, for babies and toddlers preferable to brown rice.
White rice is basically pure glucose. It’s white because it’s been hulled and polished, so it doesn’t contain any of the harsh fibers that brown rice contains. Babies and toddlers have an developing digestive tract, and their mucus membrane, which is the protective barrier inside their colon, is extremely sensitive. I followed very specific guidelines when feeding my girls, and my goal was to restrict grains and cereals for the first 12-15 months of their development. Obviously, this is nearly impossible in the world we live in, and I understand that. It’s OK to have ideals but being idealistic is not always realistic. As moms, we do our best to achieve our goals, whether it’s breastfeeding, sleeping, discipline, whatever – but babies and toddlers are unpredictable, and so is life. All we can do is try our best, and know that at the end of the day that bar of chocolate, glass of wine, Netflix marathon or hot bath is waiting to congratulate us – regardless of the outcome.