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Spanish Rice

Dinner setting of Spanish Rice and vegetabels.

Spicy or mild this is great almost anytime. Adjust seasonings for children. For cooks in a hurry substitute fresh onion and garlic with powdered versions and see my helpful hints below.

 

Ingredients:

 

2 c. filtered water

1 c. organic rice Thai or white Basmati are our favorites

1 small organic onion, chopped or 2 t. dried onion powder

1 small or medium organic tomato, chopped, or 2-4 T. your favorite organic salsa

 

3-4 cloves fresh garlic or 2 t. dried garlic powder

½ t. Himalayan or Celtic salt, omit if substituting tomato salsa for diced tomatoes

 

½ organic green bell pepper, chopped

2 T. high oleic safflower or coconut oil only if sauteing vegetables

1-2 t. Eden’s Fiesta Zesty Seasoning or more or less to taste (see Eden’s Recipes to make your own healthy, inexpensive taco seasoning)

Directions:

 

For cooks in a hurry here’s a quick method to get your rice done fast.

In a medium saucepan bring water to a boil. Add in rice, and seasonings. Stir and cover with lid slightly. Turn off stove, cover tightly with lid once water has settled down. Put timer on for 15 minutes. If time permits, turn the stove off for an hour. Put up your feet, play with the kids or go for a walk!

 

After 15 minutes turn stove back on. Bring rice to a boil and cook at medium low for another 15 minutes or so. If rice has absorbed water, taste test a few grains for doneness. (If you have lots of time saute your onion, pepper and garlic in oil for 5 min or so.)

 

If you’ve waited an hour or so you’ll be amazed at how much your rice has cooked! It may actually be done. I discovered this by accident. It works really well with organic Thai and organic white Basmati rice. If you’re using short or long grain brown rice you’ll have to wait considerably longer. 2 hours or more… Make sure you add ample water if you're cooking brown rice. Atleast 2 ¼ - 2 ½ c. filtered water per 1 cup of rice.

Back to cooks in a hurry…

I was really busy one day so I came up with this version:

Put your rice, water, onion and garlic along with 2-4 T. of your favorite salsa and fiesta seasoning in a medium saucepan. Cook using either the 15 minute method or the 1 hour method, does not work for brown rice (if you have other things you need to do) and bring to a boil leaving lid slightly tipped. Stir well and cover tightly once boiling has ceased. No one likes to clean a rice mess on the stove. Put a timer on for 10 minutes or so. Comeback and check your rice for doneness. When completely cooked, fluff with a fork and serve. Sprinkle with a pinch of cheese and a dollop of salsa. Serve with Eden’s Bean Wraps.

 

I like to have it for lunch with any kind of legumes or refried beans.

They’re a perfect protein complement.

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