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Matthew’s “Old School” Kebabs with Coconut Rice and Tomato Sauce

Matthew Knight


Serves: 4

Prep time: 15 mins

Cook time: 25 mins


60g white rice

60g brown rice

120g quinoa and bulgur wheat mix

2 red peppers

1 yellow pepper

2 red onions

1 large courgette

handful fresh chives and parsley to mix through the rice

75g creamed coconut

salt & pepper, to taste

baby spinach, to serve

For the tomato sauce:

1x 400g tin chopped tomatoes

1 red pepper

1 red onion

2 cloves of garlic

1 carrot

1 parsnip

1 courgette

25g tomato puree

10g dried oregano

Veg Portions / Serving: 2


Kitchen Ninja

A nice, simple, fun dish that our kids love at Hillstone. You could add fresh herbs to the veg before you put them on the skewers. With the tomato sauce you could use older, fresh tomatoes instead of, or as well as, the tinned tomatoes, and add fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme to add more flavour. The sauce can also be used as a base for chilli, bolognese or a curry. I have added a parsnip to add extra veg and also a bit of sweetness to the sauce.


Cook the brown rice for 10 minutes in boiling water then add the white rice and cook for a further 8-10 minutes. Wash the bulgur and quinoa with cold water and place in a saucepan of boiling water and cook until soft.

Cut the veg into roughly 4cm chunks. Thread on to the kebab stick alternating the veg. You could add herbs to the kebabs. Place on a baking tray and brush lightly with oil and season with pepper and salt. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

When the rice and quinoa are cooked mixed together with the creamed coconut. Serve with the raw or cooked spinach and some tomato sauce.

Roughly chop the veg and garlic. Sauté in a saucepan with the oregano until soft. Add the tin of tomatoes and puree. Cook for another 10-15 minutes then blitz to create a smooth sauce. Serve as is, or pass through a sieve for a smoother sauce.

Kids in the kitchen:

Older kids can help roughly chop the veg for the kebabs and sauce. Kids love threading veg onto kebabs, just keep an eye on younger ones! Have them brush the kebabs with the oil and sprinkle over herbs and seasoning, and get them mixing up the grains and sauce.

Matthew Knight

Matthew is the catering manager at Hillstone Primary school in Birmingham. The school's mission is for all its pupils to leave with a great appreciation of food, be able to cook simple savoury food and have a love of cooking that will last them a lifetime.

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