How to cook perfect rice 1

How to cook perfect rice

Some swear by rice cookers, but you don’t need one for perfect rice. To start, choose a pot with a firm-fitting lid. First, rinse the rice and drain well. Add rice to pot. Add 1½ times the amount of water by volume, so for 1 cup of rice, add 1½ cups water. Bring to the

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10 ways with noodles 2

10 ways with noodles

This cheap pantry staple has so much more to offer than just the quick'n'easy boiled variation. 1.  Lunch for the littlies For a great kids’ lunchbox addition, cook 100g egg noodles in salt-reduced vegetable stock. Drain then combine with 1 finely chopped carrot, about 1/2 cup corn kernels, 1/4 cup peas and 80g shaved lean

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How to cook perfect pasta 3

How to cook perfect pasta

There’s nothing nicer than al dente spaghetti.  Healthy Food Guide editor-at-large Niki Bezzant shares how to make pasta perfectly  The most important bit: choose a large pot! Pasta needs room to cook. Use plenty of water and bring to a rolling boil. Add a generous teaspoon of salt – this adds flavour to the pasta. Add

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Types of rice 4

Types of rice

Confused about all the different types of rice available? This will help you choose the right rice for your needs. Medium or short-grain: Plumps up once cooked and the grains tend to stick together. Long-grain: The grains remain separate and are firmer and fluffier. Arborio: A medium-grain rice from Italy; it is traditionally used to

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How much sodium is in that fresh pasta? 5

How much sodium is in that fresh pasta?

It’s important to keep an eye on sodium intake, as many New Zealanders consume a lot more than is recommended. Most comes from processed foods, fresh pasta included. The World Health Organization recommends consuming less sodium to lower blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. We have compared the sodium content per

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Why you should eat rice 6

Why you should eat rice

Rice is one of the world's staple foods. We look at why rice is such a great food. In medieval Europe rice was a rare commodity, to be locked away in the spice cupboard with other treasured condiments, including refined sugar. These ingredients were used to make a pudding similar to blancmange. Still uncommon in

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How to choose gluten-free pasta 7

How to choose gluten-free pasta

Following a gluten-free diet used to mean missing out on foods such as pasta, but now there is an increasing array of gluten-free options on the market, that everyone can enjoy. What’s available Gluten-free pasta is made from wheat alternatives such as rice flour, quinoa flour, black beans, edamame beans, mung beans, sorghum, amaranth, maize

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Why you should eat pasta 8

Why you should eat pasta

We investigate an Italian classic that's become a Kiwi favourite. Although different types of pasta and noodles are eaten in many cultures, it is Italian cuisine we associate with pasta. In its earlier days pasta was only consumed by the poor. It was a nutritious food which stored well but it was usually boiled and

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How to cook couscous 9

How to cook couscous

Couscous is quick and easy to prepare and it’s a versatile ingredient that’s great in salads and meat dishes. What is couscous? Couscous is a coarsely-ground semolina pasta that is a dietary staple in North African countries. It is made of semolina, wheat flour, salt and water. Couscous is also widely used in Middle Eastern

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