Monday, February 28, 2011

Vegan Rice a Roni Spicy Spanish Rice

A few flavors of rice a roni that I know of, are vegan. Spanish and Fried Rice I believe. Herb and Butter is vegetarian. Or so it reads as vegetarian from the ingredients list.

This simple recipe uses the spanish flavor and some canned jalapeno tomatoes to make a spicy and sweet delicious vegan meal quick and easy.

1 box rice a roni spanish rice
1 can jalapeno diced tomatoes
1 can pinto beans
1/4 cup frozen broccoli
1/2 cup frozen collard greens (mustard greens, kale or spinach are okay too)
1 tsp olive oil

Add the specified amount of water to a pot according to rice a roni direction. Ignore the junk about sauteing first. Just add the called for amount of water, your 1 tsp olive oil, the seasoning packet and the rice to a medium sized pot.

Cover and set on high to bring to a boil. When it comes to a boil lower heat to maintain a good simmer.

Let simmer for 10 minutes. Add broccoli, greens, beans and tomatoes. Continue to simmer covered on medium low heat. Stirring every so often to insure rice doesn't stick in the corners of the pot.

After 20 minutes taste rice to determine doneness and check for how much liquid is left in the pot. Rice should be tender and liquid should be a thin sauce. If so, remove from heat and let sit two more minutes covered on warm, but turned off burner. If not, simmer uncovered a few more minutes to thicken sauce.

Be careful not to over-thicken the sauce. It will thicken some more after turning off the heat and allowing to rest a minute or two.

An easy one pot meal. Buy your rice a roni and canned tomatoes when they are on sale for a dollar and really reap the savings.

It's a little spicy, a little sweet. Something everyone will like whether they prefer spicy or mild. This dish balances those flavors and fills you up with hearty beans and vegetables.

I was also surprised at how much food that one little box made. It filled a big pyrex 10 cup container. Of course that was thanks in part to the addition of beans, tomatoes and vegetables. But when I do the same with knorr rice mixes they only amount to about half, maybe 2/3 as much. So definitely, something to consider when shopping for rice mixes.

For a bigger kick of heat just throw in some lousiana hot sauce near the end of cooking or otherwise shake on individual portions.

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