In this week’s Friday Dish: a simple way of adding more veg to your kids’ plates – the new gluten-free Cauli Rice™; would you do your grocery shopping on Amazon? We look at the new Amazon Pantry; time is running out for kids to enter the Young Pea Chef of the Year competition; and, fancy being on TV in the new series of Eat Well for Less? Read on….
CAULI-RICE™ – Move over rice and pasta
I’m a sucker for new products: gadgets, food, products, whatever it is. It’s one of the reasons I love writing the Friday Dish so much. So when I saw this in my local supermarket the other day I knew I had to try it.
Riding the trend that is disguising vegetables by changing their shape – spiralising courgettes anyone? – Cauli Rice is cauliflower that’s been riced to give it a couscous-like texture but in a convenient pouch ready to microwave. There are four different flavours to try: Original, Lemongrass and Chilli, Mediterranean, and Indian Pilau – each serving counts as 1 of your 5 a day, has up to 75% fewer calories than white rice, is vegan and preservative- and gluten-free. It’s perfect as an alternative to rice, pasta and potatoes if you’re trying to cut down on carbs in the New Year, or if you’re trying to get your kids to eat more veg.
I bought the Original version and cooked it for the kids last night. I cooked mine in the microwave for 2.5 minutes but you can also dry fry this for a few minutes more. One pouch was more than enough for three to four small, or two larger servings. The verdict? Both kids said they liked it and were happy for me to make it again.
I’ve tried making my own cauliflower rice in the food processor and the kids haven’t been that keen mainly because cauliflower has got quite a strong taste – even I find it quite hard to eat. One of the things I instantly noticed about Cauli Rice is that it doesn’t have such a strong taste, so it’s just a little more palatable. I could see myself throwing this into salads or using it to give mash a boost as well as just using it as a side dish. I also think the flavoured versions will be popular in my house – so I’ll keep my eye out for those next time I do the grocery shopping.
Cauli Rice™ is priced at £1.99 per 200g pouch and can be found at most supermarkets. It’s currently on offer at Asda for £1 and 99p at Waitrose, if you need any further incentive to try it.
THE YOUNG PEA CHEF OF THE YEAR 2016
Getting kids to grow and cook their own fruit and vegetables is one way of helping them to be more adventurous when it comes to trying new foods. With that in mind, the Young Pea Chef of the Year 2016 competition is on the hunt for fantastic recipes using Britain’s favourite family vegetable – the pea.
According to TV chef Rachel Green, who helped launch the competition, “Frozen peas are rich in protein, carbohydrate and fibre and low in fat, as well as providing an excellent source of Vitamin A and C”.
Run by the British Growers Association and sponsored by Waitrose, the winner will receive £500 worth of cookery equipment for their school and, along with nine other runners-up, will have their recipe featured in the YesPeas! recipe book. So whether it’s a simple starter, hearty main or unusual dessert, get cracking with those “reci-peas” and submit your entry. The competition closes on 12th February 2016 and entrants must be between 4 and 12 years old. More entry details along with recipe tips and inspiration are on the website www.youngpeachef.co.uk.
ALL NEW AMAZON PANTRY
What’s this that’s just popped in to my email box? Amazon Pantry?
Just as the name suggests, Amazon is branching out into the world of online grocery shopping for its Prime members to take on the likes of the big supermarkets and Ocado.
While it’s been possible to buy some grocery items on Amazon for a while, until now you’ve had to buy items in bulk in order to make it cost effective for Amazon to ship. With Amazon Pantry you can now buy standard size bottles, cans and packets: load your groceries into your online box until it’s full, check out and then the box is delivered to your door the next day (£2.99 for the first box and 99p for subsequent boxes in the same order – e.g. the delivery cost for 3 boxes of groceries will be £4.97).
For now I can’t quite envisage it taking the place of my usual grocery delivery – Amazon Pantry doesn’t do fresh produce for example – but a quick price comparison shows that while it’s in line with the pricing of most supermarkets it’s beating quite a few on price on a number of items: £3.00 for 240 Tetley Original teabags for example (compared to £4.99 ) Kelloggs Cornflakes (750g) at £1.98 among others.
Also, the prospect of next day delivery is something I know I will really appreciate. How many times have I got to the middle of the week and needed to do a top up of groceries but haven’t got time to pop to the supermarket? Too many to count.
The small catch – Amazon Pantry is currently only available to its Prime members. Personally, I’ve found Prime to be fantastic in terms of getting next day delivery on pretty much everything (because I’m impatient and also slightly disorganised!). You also get free access to Amazon video and music streaming as well as a Kindle lending library for a yearly membership of £79. You can find out more and sign up for Prime here.
FANCY BEING ON TV?
The producers of the BBC1 programme Eat Well for Less are looking for new families to take part in the upcoming Series 3. I love this programme – seeing how other people do their shopping while finding out how to cut back on the grocery bill and eating better food at the same time is compulsive viewing in our house. Read our review of Series Two here, and if you’re interested in taking part in the next series, please email: email@example.com
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