Lemon & Coriander Seafood Rice


I'll hold my hand up and be honest.  I haven't actually had the time to cook these past few days.  Once again life gets in the way.  My little list of 'to cook' has pretty much remained the same length.

Before you click that little red x in the corner of your screen, I should probably explain.  I've been away from home and unwell.  Cooking, in fact food in general, has been the furthest thing from my mind.  I'm only just starting to get my appetite back.

So what's the first thing you reach for when recovering from a bout of the poorlies?

Fresh fruit, vegetables & healthy foods.  Apparently...  My go-to used to be a big tub of Ben & Jerry's but, dramatically, I'm off the diary at the moment.

So for the first time, I'm putting out a question to my fellow foodies, bloggers and health nuts.  When tasked with finding a dish that can't use dairy, do you stay away from alternatives or lap them up?  How do you make a dairy free meal delicious, non-time consuming and equally yummy.

And what are the good dairy alternatives?  What can I used instead of butter etc?  I'd heard coconut oil was good?

I'm looking for some recipes I can make whilst I'm not allowed any of the good stuff, breakfasts, puddings, lunches and drinks.  Just post them into the comments, with your name & blog so I can take a little peak.  Or just email me.  I'd really appreciate the help.  Dairy free confuses the life out of me.

Anyway, onto the recipe.  I made this a few weeks ago and haven't had time to post it.  It's very light but strangely filling.

I regularly say I'm a former junk food 'addict', when really I should say I'm a former junk food 'eater'.  Given half a chance and a paper full of greasy fried chips, that addict part of the sentence could come back faster than my size 18's.  They say everything in moderation, and I agree, but sometimes, I really fancy something healthy, I like to think it's that new found part of me which has started to taste separate ingredients in freshly cooked light meals.

Call me crazy, but I think a healthy meal should fill you right up, and make your toes curl with yumminess, just as much as sitting down with a naughty bucket of fried chicken.  The difference is how you feel afterwards.

This meal serves one.

40g brown rice
1 red pepper
100g fresh prawns
50g squid rings, chopped into small cubes.
3-5 chestnut mushrooms
1/2 red onion
1 lemon
2 tablespoons fresh, chopped coriander
1 stem lemongrass, chopped small
a few sprigs fresh thyme
2 cloves garlic, crushed & chopped
teaspoon ground, smoked paprika
teaspoon dried oregano
1 stock cube.
Pinch of salt & pepper

Bring a pan of boiling water to the boil with the stock cube.  Add the rice, cover & cook for 30 minutes.

Over a naked flame, hold the red pepper until the skin starts to blacken and peel off.  Leave to cool.  Rub off the skin and cut the flesh into cubes, leave aside.

In a large bowl, add the prawns, squid, juice & rind of the lemon, coriander, lemongrass, thyme, garlic, oregano, smoked paprika & onion.  Set side.

Chop the mushrooms & mix in with the red pepper.  Add to the bowl of prawns with the salt & pepper.  Give it a mix before popping it, covered, in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Heat a skillet/grill plate/sizzle plate/frying pan to a high temperature.  Add the prawn/lemon/herb mixture and cook on high for a couple of minutes, letting the sides blacken slightly.

Finally add in the rice and let it cook, untouched on low for 5 minutes.  Finally stir & serve.

Serve with a dollop of yoghurt or Crème fraîche.

Referring back to my previous plea, any help on dairy free with be greatly received.


  1. Wow this looks so great! Great combo!!

  2. Delicious recipe! And have you tried almond milk. Great substitute for milk and i actually prefer it by far. Use in smoothies and porridge and allsorts. Just not tea. Yeugh. That's all my none dairy advice for the mo ^^ xxx

    1. I do love almond milk, I've been using that on my oats this week and I can't taste the difference really, plus it's a lot less points. Thanks choufleure, speak to you on the other side =p

  3. Hi Emma, my wife has had to become lacto-free. This is a lot easier than dairy free as you can still get milk, cream and butter. I do try to avoid it all together. If you check my Thai curry, beef Rendang and paella they're all delicious nutrious dinners that are dairy free.

    1. Thanks David, it's quite difficult to do either really as I love cheese.... I've bookmarked those recipes and will be trying them out this week, thanks again!

  4. Hey Emma, sorry to hear about your recent unwellness. It sucks when you have to eliminate a food from your diet thats such a staple in cooking and baking. Like some people said, Almond milk is wonderful, I love to replace butter in baking with coconut oil and i just made a risotto with no cream, only broth. good luck with your dairy free journey. Hope your feeling a lot better.

  5. I have a black bean brownie recipe on my blog that is made with canola oil rather than butter and with no flour...in case you're feeling like something sweet. I'm afraid I don't have any other dairy-free tips though. If I come up with anything else I'll let you know.

    Hope you are back on your feet again soon. The seafood rice looks really tasty!


  6. My friend, I am sorry about your dairy loss :(
    But from months of blogging there are so many wonderful subs out there you will not even feel the difference :D
    Beautiful rice fish my friend!

    Choc Chip Uru

  7. Hi Emma,

    No dairy is so difficult! Not so much because you have to adapt your recipes, but because dairy is just so nice.

    Anyway, it is absolutely do-able to eat nice non-dairy things. I'd have a look at Vegan recipes to see how and what they substitute for dairy products - which is not to say that one needs to go fully Vegan, obviously you can still add non-Vegan stuff.

    There definitely is Vegan chocolate, so you're ok on that front (although I'm not aware that Vegan choc is more PP friendly). Green and Blacks used to be Vegan, but I seem to remember a discussion on facebook that it no longer is - worth checking the label I guess.

    Not sure how I came across this, but this is a recipe that I saw the other day, which really amused me, it's so unusual. I haven't made it yet, but will definitely one of these days. http://www.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/chocolate-chip-peanut-butter-hummus.aspx.
    Let me know if you try it! Good luck, Tina (Hula Girl) xxx

    1. That does look really unusual! Thanks for the link and the advice, I really appreciate it =D

  8. Hi there, Its always fun to see ur lovely recipes. Enjoy your weekend. Thank you so much for stopping by my space and the warm words. Best Regards, Sonia

  9. I found this blog earlier - and although you may not need to embrace everything a paleo diet involves one of the things you have to avoid on it is dairy. The recipes look pretty amazing, although I've not actually tried cooking any of them yet, but you might find some good ideas from it.


    1. Thank you! I'll pop that somewhere to take a look at tonight =] xx

  10. Congrats my friend, I have awarded you the much deserved Versatile Blogger Award :D
    Check it out here: http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/i-love-thee-microwaves/

    Choc Chip Uru

  11. Hi Emma,

    I follow you on the other side too ;) I have a friend who is dairy intolerant and garlic intolerant too! She uses a great blog for recipes called Keeping Healty, Getting Stylish. The woman who writes it is mostly a vegan/raw food eater, I've had a look and some of her recipes are yummy! Don't fret though, ther are ways around it. Jemma x

    1. Thanks Jemma, I'll definitely take a look today! x

  12. This really makes my mouth water. I love paella, and this sounds so much better! I really have to make this....


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