Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Arthritis Friendly Recipe: One-pot Creamy Rice Bake

Following on from my post about soft food for jaw arthritis, today I'm posting a very easy and delicious savoury rice bake recipe. This is essentially a savoury rice pudding and it requires no chopping and hardly any preparation. The rice will go very soft and the finished bake is a little like a polenta or mash. The taste of the dish will depend on what soup you use. In the bake pictured, I used leftover butternut squash and sage soup. If you are eating this by itself, use the cream and consider topping it with some grated cheese to ensure you get enough energy. For people with fully functioning jaw joints, serve it with grilled chops or lean sausages. 

Ingredients:
100g risotto or pudding rice (pudding rice will give a slightly starchier texture)
400g can of soup or 400ml leftover soup (cream of mushroom, root vegetable, chicken etc all work well)
400ml stock (from a cube is fine)
150ml single cream (optional, replace with milk or stock if you prefer)
A little butter or oil spray

Serves 2 generously

Preheat over to 150c. Pour all of the ingredients into a large 1.5 litre oven proof dish. Put the dish on a large baking tray to make it easier to slide into and out of the oven without spilling anything.

Bake for 45 minutes then remove from oven and stir. Dot the top with butter or spritz with oil spray. Bake for another 15-30 minutes or until the rice has absorbed most of the liquid and the top is golden.

Arthritis diet notes:
This is good, comforting bake that makes a change from the usual soups, risottos and mashes if you need to eat a soft food diet. Using soup in the bake helps add extra nutrients, especially if you use leftover homemade soup.There are more tips on how to eat a healthy, soft food diet when you have arthritis here.

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