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Tomato risotto with ‘hidden’ cabbage and extra bean power – serves 4-5

Although I believe that children should consciously learn to appreciate all sorts of foods, I haven’t had much luck with red cabbage so far, which is why I came up with this “hidden cabbage” risotto. The kids loved it the first time round and still do now, even though I told them about it’s (no longer) secret ingredient. The colour is absolutely divine and the kidney beans add extra protein as well as iron, folate and phosphorus.



What you need:

200g brown rice – rinsed

450g red cabbage – very finely chopped, I use the vegetable grating disc of my food processor (the one with the largest holes), which saves a lot of time

1 tin kidney beans – drained and rinsed

3 tbsp olive oil

Half a red onion – finely chopped

2 garlic cloves – finely chopped or using a garlic press

2 tins chopped tomatoes (plus half a tin of water)

3 tbsp tomato puree

2 tbsp date syrup

2 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp garlic granules

Salt and pepper to taste

How you do it:

Thoroughly rinse the rice in a sieve, then pour it in a pan and cover with plenty of cold water and bring to the boil.

Turn the heat down and cover the pan with a lid, letting the rice simmer for 25-30mins or until soft.

Meanwhile heat up the olive oil in a frying pan before adding onion and cabbage.

Reduce the heat, cover with a lid and – stirring regularly – cook for approx. 15mins until it starts to soften.

Add chopped tomatoes, garlic and half a tin of water and leave to simmer for another 10mins.

Now add tomato puree, date syrup, oregano, garlic granules, salt and pepper and – keeping the lid off – simmer for 10 more minutes stirring more frequently.

Finally add the kidney beans and your cooked rice, mix everything well and briefly heat up.

Season to taste and serve up.


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