- Prep time: 5 minutes
- Cook time: 35 minutes
- Serves: 4
SPICED PRAWN LUNCH BOX
This simple dish featuring protein-rich prawns is quick and easy – ideal for lunch in the office, or if you’re famished after a long day at work.
This dish is: Low in sugar, fat and saturated fat • A source of fibre and protein • A source of vitamin K and manganese • High in chloride
It's safe to eat shellfish during pregnancy as long as it's been thoroughly cooked - so make sure the prawns turn from grey to pink during cooking1. Or if you'd prefer, swap the prawns for chicken which you can shred with a fork.
225g wholegrain rice
- 4 spring onions, finely sliced
2 large tomatoes, cut into small cubes
250g raw (or pre-cooked) peeled king prawns
- (optional) 5 slices of jalapeno pepper (from a jar, no added sugar), roughly chopped
- ½ tsp powdered chili
- ½ tsp powdered cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- ½ bunch of parsley, finely chopped
- ½ bunch of chives, finely chopped
- 1 tsp rapeseed oil
- A pinch of salt
- TO SERVE
- 1 lemon, cut into 4 wedges
- Recipe contains the following allergens: crustaceans (prawns). All nutritional claims based on analysis of one portion.
- 1. Cook the rice according to the packets instructions.
- 2. 5 minutes before the rice is ready, put 1 tsp of oil in a medium frying pan over a high heat. Once hot, add the raw or precooked prawns, slices of jalapeno (if using), chilli, cayenne and cumin, along with a pinch of salt.
- 3. Cook for a couple of minutes, stirring regularly, until they turn pink and are cooked through (if you are using raw prawns) or until they are piping hot inside.
- 4. When the rice is finished, drain it and then add the sliced spring onions and the chopped tomato, stir a little then tip the cooked prawns in with the rice, stirring again.
- 5. Sprinkle on the parsley and chives and serve with a lemon wedge.
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