rice pudding and this week’s meal plan

this week’s meal plan

We did well last week and stuck to the plan, landing on broccoli for the veggie pizza topping of choice on Friday. Things may get shuffled around this week because our night to meet friends is not 100% decided, but it looks like I’m craving hearty vegetarian comfort foods (read: carbs with cheese). The casserole will be a new recipe for us and I’m excited to give it a try!

Here’s what I have in mind:
Monday – tomato soup with spinach pesto grilled cheese
Tuesday –  salmon and brown rice risotto with green beans
Wednesday – out to dinner with friends
Thursday – mochi’s night
Friday – kale and brown rice casserole (from Smitten Kitchen’s cookbook)

recipe: yummy rice pudding

This recipe is always a hit around our house, so I’m happy to share it here with you. It uses pantry ingredients and needs a little babysitting, but requires virtually no preparation and comes together so easily.

We use regular Japanese rice (instead of Arborio rice) and vanilla extract (since we usually don’t have a vanilla bean), but otherwise I follow this recipe from Smitten Kitchen. A half batch is a perfect snack for 2 people, but if you have the ingredients I’d definitely recommend making the whole thing! Mochi also translated it to Japanese over on Daily Mochi:

– 1/2 cup rice
– 4 cups (950 mL) milk
– 1/4 cup sugar
– 1 bay leaf
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/2 – 3/4 tsp almond extract

– combine the rice, milk, sugar and bay leaf in a small pot and let the mixture come to a boil, then reduce it to a simmer
– give it a good mix every few minutes to be sure the rice doesn’t stick and the milk doesn’t burn
– after about 30-40 minutes the rice will plump up and become chewy; the liquid will have reduced enough to leave a trail if you drag a spoon across the bottom of the pot
– remove the pot from the heat, remove the bay leaf, and add the extracts

You can serve it warm or put some in the fridge for later. We sprinkled ours with a little cinnamon and ate it up before we got any pictures other than this:

Do you like rice pudding? Please let me know if you give this one a try!

I hope you have a great week!
kuri xx


Yum, sounds good! Funny fact: we have a bay leaf tree at our house! So I can definitely make this! Except that I know S would probably NOT like it! I’m impressed mochi likes it! My family is so picky about non-Japanese foods. haha


I hope they like it! We usually have the ingredients around, so it’s more about having the time to stand in the kitchen and stir. Silver lining – it would be a rewarding way to stay warm?

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