Island Peas and Rice

It has been a full week for me. By end of this Sunday, over 1000 will be served out of IPC kitchen. Though I am physically tired, my heart is full with joy knowing that God has gifted me to serve His people in this way.

Last Sunday, the IPC Military Care Group hosted a Military Appreciation Luncheon. This was a small token of gratitude to these wonderful, young families who make a huge sacrifices for our freedoms.

The menu for the luncheon was:

Apricot-Ginger Glazed Chicken
Island Peas and Rice
Green Bean Casserole
Homemade Yeast Rolls
Fruit Salad
Spinach Salad with Apples and Caramelized Almonds
Apple and Cranberry Crisp

This is simple but very flavorful recipe given to me by our church organist, Kathryn Van Eck. Pre-packaged saffron yellow rice mixture is used.

Coconut milk, chicken broth, and seasoning is boiled. Rice added and cooked.

And simply add frozen peas and raisins for color and texture. A perfect rice dish without much fuss.

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Island Peas and Rice


1 (13.5-ounce) can coconut milk
1 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup raisins (optional), soaked in warm water for 5 minutes
1 1/2 teaspoons jerk seasoning (or Old Bay is OK, too)
1 (10-ounce) package yellow saffron rice mix (Vigo or Mahatma brand)
1 cup frozen green peas


1. Combine coconut milk, chicken broth, and jerk seasoning in medium saucepan. Cover and bring to boil on high.
2. Stir rice mix into boiling mixture. Cover and reduce heat to low; cook 22-25 minutes (covered), without stirring, or until most of liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.
3. Stir in peas and raisins; cover and cook 4–5 more minutes or until peas and raisins are heated. Fluff rice with fork and serve. (Makes 6 servings.)


  1. Kay, you are such a busy woman! I don't know how you have time to cook AND maintain such a beautiful blog.

    I love how simple yet flavorful this rice looks. I need to be transported to an island amidst these sub-freezing temperatures. :)

  2. that's a whole heck of a lot of mouths to feed! incidentally, although i'm not a big fan of rice dishes, the very presence of coconut milk makes this appealing to me. the peas are fun too. :)

  3. I agree with Amy--you are a multitasker extraordinaire. Thank you for continuing to blog through your busy days! I always love coming to your site and finding a new post.
    The rice is so colorful and beautiful! I'd love to dig a fork into it right now.

  4. Wow, 1000 people? you are truly talented! And your friends are very lucky to have you :)

  5. I love the bright color of this, and I'll eat anything with coconut milk in it.

  6. wow 1000! That is amazing Kay! You're doing amazing things for your community, keep going lady (=

  7. Yum! I love the touch of coconut milk

  8. I tried your crabmeat quiche, was wonderful, lovely easy recipe, thanks for that one, looking forward to this one.

  9. Kay, you are such an AMAZING person to cook for all those families. You are a wonderful person! This rice looks so delicious! I will have to try it soon :)

  10. Oh! I love rice dish...and this one sure looks so pretty and so tasty, love the idea of coconut milk in it and I would definitely add the raisins :-)