Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Tasty Tuesday!

It's that time of the week again, and last week, I brought you the Southwestern Tortilla Stacker, with promises of Spanish Rice to accompany it this week. Never let it be said that I don't keep my promises.

Again, I'm linking up with Blessed With Grace and Tempt My Tummy Tuesday. I found some really neat recipes there last week (Almond milk? SOOOO what I need for Little Miss and her no dairy diet! Ditto with the Whole Wheat Carrot Cranberry Muffins that I need to make!). I can't wait to see what's up this week.

But first... my recipe for Spanish rice. Sorry I don't have any pictures, but I wasn't planning to post it initially and so didn't take any during the creation of it.

This one tastes so much better than anything that comes out of a box. And it's much healthier, too. The best part is that it's pretty easy and low maintenance, so don't let anyone fool you into thinking this is harder than it is. You'll know better from now on!

Spanish Rice

Ingredients:

1 c low sodium chicken broth
1 c tomato sauce (ok, I usually cheat and use one can which doesn't quite have 1 c in it)
1 t olive oil
3 slices turkey bacon
1 1/4 c diced onion
1 c rice (uncooked)
1 tomato, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1/2 t chili powder
1/4 t salt
1/2 t pepper

Directions:
Makes 8 servings as a side, about 3/4 c each

Place the tomato sauce and broth into a pot and heat to a boil. Heat a large skillet (e.g., bouillabase pan), and add the olive oil once it's hot. Add the bacon and cook. Remove the bacon and reserve the remaining oil. Add the onion and cook about 4-5 minutes, until translucent.

While onion is cooking, chop bacon into small pieces. Add the rice, and cook 3-5 minutes while stirring occasionally. Add the broth/sauce mixture and remaining ingredients. Stir briefly, then cover. Simmer 30-40 minutes, then stir once. Serve hot.

This will reheat ok. Adding a small bit more broth when reheating keeps it from drying out.

Enjoy!

15 comments:

Sarah January 20, 2009 at 7:21 AM  

Thankyou! Thankyou! Now I can make the entire meal tomorrow :)

Karen January 20, 2009 at 7:49 AM  

I'll have to make that this week - I've been wanting a good Spanish rice recipe. Thanks!

MOMMY-MOMO January 20, 2009 at 8:33 AM  

we love spanish rice! I will have to give this recipe a try. Thanks :)

Lex the mom January 20, 2009 at 8:35 AM  

I will have to make this the next time I make some tacos! It sounds like a delish recipe! I love Spanish rice, if only my family will come around. ;)

Live.Love.Eat January 20, 2009 at 9:12 AM  

Hmmm, I love that it has turkey bacon in it. Happy TMTT!!!

Life with Kaishon January 20, 2009 at 10:31 AM  

I love Spanish Rice! It is my most favorite : ). Thanks for this great recipe!

Angela January 20, 2009 at 11:34 AM  

Yum yum! I love Spanish Rice too, but hate those mix thingys with all the MSG and salt on top. Can't wait to try this!

(and we already love the stacker recipe! It's just plain fun to make!)

Kellan January 20, 2009 at 12:29 PM  

We sure eat a lot of Mexican food - I should definitely try this. We just had chalupas and quesidillas last night - no rice.

Have a good day - Kellan

Lisa January 20, 2009 at 1:02 PM  

We love Spanish rice. Your recipe looks like a winner.

Michelle January 20, 2009 at 2:00 PM  

Sarah - I promised I'd share. I hope you like it!

Karen - No problem. I hope you enjoy it. It makes a bunch for the times you need to ummm feed a crowd (and yes, I've doubled it before).

Mommy-Momo - Uh-oh! If you're an expert, I hope this stands up to your test. Definitely let me know what you think.

Lex - Good to see you! And hey, if no one else likes Spanish rice, that just means there's more for you and less to share.

Live.Love.Eat - I use turkey bacon all the time and adapt recipes. It just makes me feel a little better about what I'm eating :) (And of course you can make it with regular bacon -- sans the olive oil)

Life with Kaishon - Wow, there are a lot of Spanish Rice fans out here! I hope you enjoy it!

Angela - I'm so with you and the mixes. I'm pretty anti-mix with anthing where it starts putting in more stuff than what I do. Good to know I have a rave review on last week's recipe ;)

Kellan - Ooo, I don't know, the chalupas and quesadillas sound so good... do they really need rice ;) Oh, who am I kidding? Everything's better with rice!

Lisa - We think it's good (and I've gotten compliments from others), so I hope you like it!

Brenda January 20, 2009 at 2:14 PM  

I have never used turkey bacon but I should give it a try. This recipe looks good.

Linda January 20, 2009 at 2:16 PM  

I haven't made Spanish rice in a long time. Thanks for the reminder and the recipe!

Denyse January 20, 2009 at 5:55 PM  

Oh thank you! I have chicken tacos planned for tomorrow night and this will be PERFECT with them. I'm so excited.

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace January 20, 2009 at 7:58 PM  

Hi Michelle. This sounds great. I am glad you joined us, again, this week.

Michelle January 20, 2009 at 9:37 PM  

Brenda - Definitely give it a try. My dad can't tell the difference when I cook it... you just need to add a little fat since it doesn't have fat itself, but I'd rather have a little olive oil I can control the quantity of than a soup of bacon grease!

Linda - Enjoy the Spanish Rice. It's some good stuff!

Denyse - Glad I could be of assistance... and that the timing worked out. Let me know what you think!

Lisa - Of course! I'm already trying to decide what to post for next week ;)

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