Quick vegetable pulau

A great, simple way to get veggies into the kids...
  • Heat 3 teaspoons of butter in a sauce-pan (you can also use olive oil.) Flavor the butter or oil with 2 cardamoms and a clove.
  • Toss in a cup and a half of chopped vegetables (I like peas and carrots). Frozen, defrosted vegetables always work, though it's also nice to work with quarter-inch sections of organic baby carrots.
  • Saute the veggies for about 5 minutes, then add in 2 cups of rice. Keep stirring. Don't brown the rice, just watch for some of the rice grains so at least half of the rice goes from looking translucent to white.
  • Put the rice and veggies into a microwaveable bowl, add 5 cups of water. Cook for 20 minutes and check for the rice to be firm and well-cooked. (see the previous entry for how to ensure cooking to the right consistency).