This classic dish is the chicken soup of desserts. It can usually make you feel better, regardless of the symptom. This version tastes rich and lush but is actually make with low-fat milk and no eggs or cream. As the mixture cooks, the rice gradually absorbs the milk, becoming thick and creamy.
The pudding needs to be stirred frequently, but otherwise requires little effort. It can easily be prepared while you are in the kitchen getting dinner or lunch ready.
After most of the milk has evaporated, monitor the rice closely, stirring constantly and tasting for tenderness. Add milk as necessary until the pudding is velvety and the rice is soft but still has some texture.
If desired, add raisins, dried cherries, or other dried fruit. For added flavor, increase the amount of finely grated lemon or orange zest to 1 teaspoon.
This version is not cloyingly sweet. However, if you are sensitive to sweets, reduce the sugar to 1/4 cup and add more to taste midway through cooking if necessary.
If your mouth is very sensitive, add milk until the rice if very soft and omit the dried fruit and lemon or orange zest.
Makes 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes or less
Total Time: 1 hour or less
Nutritional Information Per Serving: Calories 230; Total Fat 2 g; Total Carbohydrate 44 g; Dietary Fiber 0 g; Sugars 26 g; Protein 8 g; Sodium 115 mg
Source: What to Eat During Cancer Treatment, American Cancer Society