Well Sydney's weather has gone from ridiculously hot yesterday to cool and windy today - it seems the weather has finally realised it's Autumn.
|Oh how I love Winnie the Pooh!|
Truth be known, I'm already planning
it as a (way in the) future nursery theme :Psource
I don't know about you, but cold and windy days make me crave warm comforting food. For some reason baked meals always seem warmer than something you cook on the stove (does anyone else think this way?).
So, to suit this blustery day, I thought I'd share one of our favourite quick and easy, warm and comforting dinners at the Southern In-Law household.
This dish goes to show that comfort food doesn't have to mean calorific! This Chicken Parmesan Rice Bake is low in fat, gluten free and so simple to make - especially if you're using leftover cooked rice.
This recipe makes a single serving - however, it is so simple to multiply. I make it for just Jesse some nights and other nights I'll serve it to a crowd - all you have to do is multiply the amounts!
Or as my Mum likes to call it - Healthy Chicken Parmigiana Rice Bake
1 serve cooked brown rice* (or white rice, if you prefer)
1 small chicken breast, sliced (about 100g/3.5 oz)
1 small clove garlic, crushed
~1/2 cup canned tomatoes
1 tbsp reduced fat cream cheese
Garlic and herb seasoning
Oregano (leaves or ground oregano is fine)
1 cup baby spinach leaves, shredded finely
1 tbsp parmesan cheese
Preheat your oven to 200°C/390°F. Prepare a small casserole dish or ramekin by lightly spraying it with oil, lightly greasing it with butter/margarine or lining it with baking paper.
In a medium non-stick saucepan lightly sprayed with oil, saute the chicken with the garlic.
Once the chicken has cooked, add in your tomatoes, cream cheese, seasonings and spinach, stirring until the cream cheese has melted through and the spinach has wilted.
Add in the cooked rice, stirring to combine.
Pour your rice mixture into the prepared dish, topping with parmesan cheese.
Place into the oven, cooking until the cheese has melted and starts to lightly brown.
*When we're in a hurry, I use Brown Rice Quick Cups from Sunrice and I also freeze single portions of cooked brown rice whenever I get the chance for quick and easy dishes like this.
So tell me, what are your favourite cold weather meals?
Are you like me and think oven baked meals are warmer than stovetop? or am I a weirdo? :P