As a foodie I love flavored rice, but I’ve not yet found a brand without MSG, Natural Flavors or Natural Seasoning (indicating hidden MSG), featured in the ingredient list, among other migraine triggers, on the packet. As a result, here’s a rice recipe, from my childhood, that I love to serve as a side with fish or some other type of meat.
N.B. If this recipe contains ingredients that you know trigger your migraines, substitute where possible. Also read the ingredient list on packaged or canned items e.g. tomato paste to ensure they have no migraine triggers or hidden MSG. Tomato (a migraine trigger for some), is one of the main ingredients in this recipe.
WARNING: Just found out today, July 25th, that Olives and Chili Peppers are considered migraine triggers. Man we need to just eat fresh air sandwiches lol. If you’re trying to avoid all possible triggers, please sub. where needed. Here’s the link that shed light on this for me: 27 Foods That Can Trigger Migraine.
Corn and Rice
1 Corn in the husk/ 1/2 cup frozen corn
2 tablespoons spring onions
2 garlic cloves (crush before dicing)
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 tablespoons tomato paste (see recipe below if you can’t find a migraine trigger free brand)
Salt & Black pepper to taste
1 Small Chili/Bird Pepper (optional)
- Cut up spring onions and garlic cloves. Sauté both along with thyme in olive oil (in the pot you’ll make your rice in,) until they are tender.
- Add the tomato paste and a splash of the water you’ll be using to cook the rice. Simmer for 1 minute.
- Add the rest of the water, salt, black pepper and diced chili pepper (if using) and bring to a boil. N.B. Rice should be cooked according to packet for 4 servings. I usually use 1/4 cup less to avoid friendly rice when using white rice. Brown rice I make exactly as package suggests.
- While waiting for water to boil cut corn off cob.
- Once water is boiling add the corn and rice and simmer until done. VOILA!
N.B. If you are not a migraine sufferer and therefore need not worry about triggers, you can add a tablespoon of Browning at step 3. Add the Browning and taste the water before seasoning with salt and pepper. Also instead of olive oil you can use bacon fat – adds great flavor to the rice.
Homemade Tomato Paste Recipe (not my recipe)
If using the homemade tomato paste above, be sure to use leeks, scallions, shallots or spring onions in place of regular onions if you’re a migraineur. Also this recipe requires salt, therefore taste your water before adding the salt at step 3.
Please let me know if you try this recipe and whether you liked it or not. I am also open to suggestions on how to make them better.