I love rice. It is comforting, filling, and can be somewhat nutritious if you eat brown rice. I enjoy rice warm or cold and find that it pairs well with vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and beans. It is a versatile grain that is a comfort food for me. One of my favorite ways to enjoy it is a simple dish that my Mom and Grandma made named Spanish rice. I don't know if my Grandma made it up or read about it somewhere, but when she makes it everyone eats it (well, except my Dad.) The simplicity of this rice dish lends it to being able to be easily modified to include additional flavor components. I make it a bit different then my family, so I'll give you my take on the recipe.
- 1 Tbsp of olive oil or vegetable broth for sauteing
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)
- 8 oz can of no salt added tomato sauce
- 1 cup water or homemade vegetable broth
- 1 cup of brown minute rice
- Pepper to taste
- 1/4 tsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp of garlic powder
We serve this side with many entrees, but on this particular night we made hard shell tacos with pinto beans, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, vegan cheese, and served with a salad of red leaf lettuce, carrots, radish, olives, sunflower seeds, and goddess dressing. This meal was filling, delicious, and fast!