Cooking a meal that can keep the whole family happy is a minefield, especially when you have two children under four. Every meal time, we run the gauntlet. Will they eat? Will I be covered in food at the end? Obviously, we all want our children to eat healthily. We want them to eat vegetables, good lean protein, fibre – it feels good to know that we are getting something good into them. Unfortunately, you can absolutely guarantee that the meals you spend the most effort on, the ones that you plan carefully to be nutritionally balanced and spend an age making in bulk so that you always have healthy meals in the freezer – those are the ones that are often rejected out of hand. There is nothing quite like the burning sense of injustice a parent feels when the scrape a lovingly prepared meal into the bin. Luckily, this recipe with Birds Eye Chicken Chargrills is just what every stressed out and busy mum needs.
Birds Eye Products
Birds Eye products are truly exceptional; they should be every parent’s friend. Not only are all Birds Eye Chicken products made with 100% chicken breast, their chickens are also barn reared, meeting EU regulations. In addition, Birds Eye chicken is packed with protein, which is perfect for a growing family. Birds Eye asked me to devise a healthy family recipe, using one of their delicious products.
I had some guidance to stick to – the meal had to use a Birds Eye chicken product, it had to be suitable for the whole family, prepared and cooked in 20 minutes AND it had to be full of healthy veg. It was no mean feat – but this recipe was a huge hit and both children vacuumed it up – and we enjoyed it too!
You can make this sauce in bulk and freeze it, cutting preparation time even further. Check out our recipe below.
Birds Eye Chicken Chargrills with Tomato and Cream Cheese Risotto Style Rice.
2 adults and 2 children
1 tbsp. olive oil
230g basmati rice
1 tbsp. tomato puree
2 low salt chicken stock cubes
1 tin chopped tomatoes
3 Birds Eye chargrill chicken fillets
1 red onion
2 tbsp. cream cheese
1 stick of celery
100g Frozen Peas
Grated cheese (optional)
- Heat the oven to 190 / 170 fan / Gas Mark 5
- Next, chop the leek, celery and onion very finely – a food processor is best. This means the veg is hidden in the sauce if you have fussy eaters. Put the chicken in the oven following the instructions on the packet.
- Heat the oil in a high sided frying pan or casserole pan and fry the vegetables gently for 5 minutes until soft.
- Pour in the tin of tomatoes, add the tomato puree and season to taste.
- Reduce for up to 15 minutes on a medium heat until it has the consistency of a pasta-style sauce- it should take a few seconds to refill a channel scraped across the bottom of the pan by a spatula. (NOTE: you can make this sauce in bulk and freeze, making the overall meal even more convenient)
- Meanwhile, rinse the basmati rice thoroughly under the cold tap in a sieve and boil a large pan of water. Add stock cubes to the pan and allow to dissolve- you can use low salt varieties if you want. (You could add frozen peas to the rice to add another veg here.)
- Add the rinsed rice to the pan and boil for about 10 minutes. Drain with the sieve and return to the pan.
- Add the reduced tomato mixture to the rice and add the cream cheese. Stir well over a very low heat until well combined. You are seeking a creamy, risotto-like consistency
- Next, remove the chicken chargrills from the oven and slice in to succulent, bite size pieces.
- Spoon the rice dish on to warmed plates, liberally scatter the chopped parsley and arrange your chicken pieces artfully on the top. Finally, if you are feeling lavish, you could grate cheese on to finish.
A recipe for the whole family to enjoy
And there you have it – a balanced, nutritious meal that is easy to prepare and that the whole family can enjoy: a definite parenting win. Look out for more recipes for brilliant family meals using Birds Eye chicken products, as other parenting bloggers have devised recipes too.
They are all guaranteed to be nutritious, easy-to-prepare and made with Birds Eye products which are made with 100% chicken breasts.
Please note, this post is in collaboration with Birds Eye.
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