Friday, April 9, 2010

Cajun Rice Dish

*My Other Half made the most amazing dish a few weeks ago.  When I found out what ingredients he had used I was in shock!  His dish included rice, tuna, and normal household spices.  He tricked me...as I had no clue he had used tuna.  The dish was extremely flavorful.  I told him he had to re-make it so we could post it.  The second rendition came out great too!  Nice job...you can cook dinner every night :)!
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon fennel
4 garlic gloves
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup dried onions

2 cups chopped celery stocks
8 oz. frozen cut okra stir to coat (optional)
2 cans tuna, drained 
1 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon cloves
14.5 oz. chopped tomatoes
2 cups water

1/4 cup lime juice
 5 cups cooked rice (or more for a milder flavor)

Combine the first 8 ingredients in a large pot.  Stir constantly on medium heat for 2 minutes.  Add the next 7 ingredients, mix, and then heat on medium for 30 minutes.  Add the lime juice and rice and continue to cook for 5 additional minutes on medium low.

From the Other Half,

This really was an attempt to make a palatable mixture of the leftovers in the fridge with the added benefit of fish (Fish has lots of omega 3 fatty acids which are an essential oil, in other words your body needs it but can’t make it, so you need to get it through eating things like fish or flax seed.  I did learn something during my Biochemistry PhD studies.).  I was actually really surprised with how it turned out and the above recipe was my attempt to repeat it. The celery is essential in the recipe as it really takes on the flavors of the dish and gives a "burst" of flavor with a little crisp crunch. Oh, and don’t be afraid of the okra, it’s a Cajun essential! I hope you enjoy, and feel free to throw in some of your own leftovers! =)

8 comments:

aunti said...

That looks really good! I will save it to my recipes! I have a good recipe from my aunt if I can round it up I will share it. It is a tuna patty recipe. So easy! I enjoy your blog!

Aunti said...

I found my aunt's recipe: Here it is. So good. If your interested in a great meatloaf recipe let me know and I will post it also.

Tuna Patties

1 egg slightly beaten in a medium mixing bowl

1 slice bread

1/3 onion chopped

1 or 2 tablespoons flour

1 can tuna or albocore

Mix altogether, and form into patties. Fry in oil over medium heat until brown turning only once. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, or steak seasoning, or seasoning of your choice. Majoram is tasty with fish.

If using 2 cans of tuna double all the other ingrediants.

Shilling montreal steak seasoning is great.

Creative Stirrings said...

Thanks Aunti,
I will have to try it. I love how simple it is!
-Creative Stirrings

Tara said...

Very yummy! This was a big hit at our house! We are adding it to our favorite list!

Creative Stirrings said...

Tara,
Thanks for the compliment. I will pass it on to my "Other Half"!

Aunti said...

That is why I liked it. It sounds like your interested in nutritious food. In the past couple of years I have been eating a lot of parsley. I read where 1 cup of parsley has more vitamin C than 10 oranges! I make a lot of tabbouleh. Everyone seems to love it as well.

Rachelle said...

So I have a question. Since rice expands as it cooks, I'm not sure how much rice I'm supposed to make. Is it measure 5 cups of rice then cook, or measure something like 2 cups rice, which will end up being 5 cups of cooked rice? Whew, that was a confusing question. Do you know what I mean?

Creative Stirrings said...

Great question,
For 5 cups of rice, depending on what type of rice you are using (brown rice and white rice cook very differently), I would use around 2 to 2 1/2 cups uncooked rice with 4 to 5 cups water. Let me know if this works for you!