I love and I mean LOVE Spanish foods. I could live off of rice and beans and practically do when I am pregnant. My problem with boxed Spanish rice mixes is that they contain MSG. MSG, even in small doses, gives me terrible headaches and it can be upsetting to people with gluten sensitivities. Thus began my search for a delicious Spanish rice recipe.
My Spanish rice is full of more flavor than the prepackaged kind.
Because it is not packaged it does not contain any MSG, so no headaches! I experimented with this recipe until I got it just right. Now that I am in love with it I will share it with you guys.
This recipe is easily adapted to fit your dietary needs. I often use Earth Balance spread instead of butter and still get yummy results. You can use white rice in place of the brown rice but I love the flavor and health benefits of brown rice.
- 1 cups brown rice
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 2-4 TBSP butter
- 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 red sweet peppers, chopped
- 2 yellow sweet peppers, chopped
- 2 orange sweet peppers, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- In a saucepan bring 2 cups of chicken stock to a boil and add rice.
- Cook until almost tender, about 30 minutes. The rice should not be completely done.
- In the same saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.
- Add rice and stir until browned.
- Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 10-15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed.
- Remove bay leaf before serving.
Spanish rice is the perfect complement to many dishes.
One of our family’s personal favorites is Spanish rice with red beans and pork (I’ll share that recipe next week). I often make extra of this rice and keep it in the fridge for an easy lunch with black beans for the girls. This rice is also great stuffed inside burritos too!
Do you love Spanish foods like me? What’s your favorite one? Comment about your favorite dishes below!
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