Savoury Rice

  • 5MINS
  • 30MINS
  • 379KCAL

This is a quick, easy and more importantly, slimming friendly Savoury Rice! It’s perfect for calorie counting and plans like Weight Watchers.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories379
  • Carbs80g
  • Protein9g
  • Fat2g
  • Saturates0.3g
  • Sugars5g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

This Savoury Rice is a tasty alternative to vegetables or potatoes, or you can just have it on its own as a complete meal. You can also add pretty much whatever extra vegetables or meats and fish that you want.

There’s no need to reach for a packet rice mix (which can contain more calories and Points) when we’ve got loads of recipes to try!

We have lots of dishes similar to Savoury Rice here at Pinch of Nom, some of which feature in our most popular recipes of all time!

What diets is this Savoury Rice suitable for?

This Savoury Rice recipe is suitable if you’re gluten free as long as you swap out the stock for a gluten free version.

You can also enjoy this Savoury Rice if you’re dairy free.

This recipe is also suitable for vegetarians and vegans!

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is Savoury Rice?

  • You need to count 5 Points per portion of this Savoury Rice recipe if you’re on WW Green. 
  • You need to count 4 Points per portion of this Savoury Rice recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 4 Points per portion of this Savoury Rice recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

A shop bought packet of Savoury Rice will set you back anything from 2 to 13 Points…and generally, the portion size isn’t particularly generous.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Savoury Rice?

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This Savoury Rice really doesn’t need anything fancy to make it. As always, investing in a good large frying pan is so useful as you’ll use it over and over.

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How many calories are in this Savoury Rice?

At less than 400 calories per portion, and packed with loads of nutritious veg, your appetite will be fully satisfied with this Savoury Rice recipe!

This means it falls into our Everyday Light recipe category. You can find all of our other Everyday Light recipes here.

This Savoury Rice is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Over a medium heat, spray a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and cook the onions for around 5 minutes until softened.

Step 2

Add the peppers, carrots, mushrooms, turmeric and curry powder and cook for another couple of minutes.

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Step 3

Mix up the stock cube with the hot water.

Step 4

Add the rice to the pan and another few sprays of low calorie cooking spray so the rice doesn’t stick together. Stir well.

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Step 5

Add the stock, peas, and sweetcorn. Stir and bring to the boil.

Step 6

Cover the pan and lower the heat. Allow to simmer for 15 minutes or until the rice is tender, stirring occasionally.

Step 7

Serve immediately on its own, or with your choice of meal!

Savoury Rice_058_Pinch of Nom Slimming RecipesWhat should you should serve with Savoury Rice?

Any of the following go really well with Savoury Rice. It’s one of those dishes that goes well with lots of meals. That said, it’s filling enough to be eaten on its own. If you chose to use it as a side you may want to reduce your portion size depending on your appetite!

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However you choose to serve this Savoury Rice, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values!

How do you know when Savoury Rice is cooked?

When Savoury Rice is cooked the vegetables will have softened and the rice will be tender. It should all still have a little bite though!

This will take around 30 minutes total over a medium-low heat on the hob.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Savoury Rice in the fridge?

As we all know you can get food poisoning from eating reheated rice, but, it’s not actually the reheating that can cause issues, it is, in fact, the way that the rice has been stored beforehand where the problem begins.

Rice can contain spores that are resistant to heat and can survive the cooking process.

If cooked rice is left standing at room temperature these spores can grow into bacteria. At this point, the bacteria can be destroyed by reheating the rice thoroughly.

You should remember to do the following if you’re going to keep leftover rice:

  • Cool the rice as quickly as possible (ideally within one hour) then put it in the fridge immediately. You can split larger portions up into smaller batches to cool quicker.
  • Reheat and use any leftover rice (stored in the fridge) within one day.
  • When you reheat any rice, always check it is steaming hot all the way through.
  • Don’t reheat cooked rice more than once.

Can I freeze Savoury Rice?

Yes, you can freeze Savoury Rice! As when keeping rice in the fridge, make sure to do the following if you plan to freeze it:

  • Cool the rice as quickly as possible (ideally within one hour) then freeze it immediately. You can split larger portions up into smaller batches to cool quicker.
  • Freeze as soon as the rice is cold.
  • When you reheat any rice, always check it is steaming hot all the way through.
  • Don’t reheat cooked rice more than once.

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Savoury Rice

This is a quick, easy and more importantly, slimming friendly Savoury Rice! It’s perfect for calorie counting and plans like Weight Watchers.
  • Prep Time
    5 MINS
  • Cook Time
    30 MINS
  • KCals 379
  • Carbs 80G
WW Points
  • 5 Green
  • 4 Blue
  • 4 Purple

Ingredients

  • 1 Onion chopped quite finely
  • 3 Mushrooms sliced
  • 1/2 Red Pepper deseeded and diced
  • 150 g Long Grain Rice
  • 1 Vegetable Stock Cube
  • 550 ml Water boiling
  • 40 g Peas frozen is fine
  • 40 g Sweetcorn frozen is fine
  • 2 tsp Curry Powder
  • 2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 small Carrot Finely diced
  • Low Calorie Cooking Spray

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Instructions

  1. Over a medium heat, spray a large frying pan with Low Calorie Cooking Spray and cook the onions for around 5 minutes until softened.
  2. Add the peppers, carrots, mushrooms, turmeric and curry powder and cook for another couple of minutes.
  3. Mix up the stock cube with the hot water.
  4. Add the rice to the pan and another few sprays of Low Calorie Cooking Spray so the rice doesn't stick together. Stir well.
  5. Add the stock, peas, and sweetcorn. Stir and bring to the boil.
  6. Cover the pan and lower the heat. Allow to simmer for 15 minutes or until the rice is tender, stirring occasionally.
  7. Serve immediately on its own, or with your choice of meal!

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Veronica HallMonday 23rd September 2019

Just tried this tonight, was more than enough for two with fish fillets. Going to make up a batch to freeze, but going to add a little garlic to the next batch. Missed out the mushrooms as they don’t agree with me, but still tasty and filling. Much nicer and cheaper than the packet variety

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    Emma TTuesday 24th September 2019

    So glad you enjoyed it!

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