Thursday, September 21, 2006

Not too proud to cook with Rice-A-Roni



Spanish Rice with Ground Beef
The Busy Mom’s Make It Quick Cookbook Copyright 2004

1 lb. extra-lean ground beef
1 ½ tbsp. onion powder
2 tbsp. nonfat beef broth I used 2 teaspoons of canola oil
1 6.8-oz. pkg. Spanish rice I used Rice-A-Roni
2 cups water
1 16-oz. jar chunky-style salsa

Spray large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Add ground beef and onion powder; cook, stirring frequently, until meat is browned and crumbled. Remove from skillet and set aside. Respray skillet with cooking spray; add broth and heat over medium-high heat. Add rice mix and cook, stirring frequently, until rice is golden brown. Add water, seasonings from rice package, and salsa. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook 15-20 minutes. Stir in ground beef and heat through.
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I don't often use boxed mixes but I had a busy week last week. This was quick and quite tasty. I grew up on boxed mixes so I think some of my tastebuds will always be happy too see them show up on the menu, as long as it's only every now and then. My son loved this - always a plus.
This will probably get made again. The reality is that I'm more likely to pull out a simple recipe like this again, rather than some other perfectly delicious yet more time-consuming recipes that I've tried.

Blast(s) From The Past: Deep-Dish Chili Pie (February 2006) and Deep-Dish Taco Pizza (April 2006) are two versions of basically the same recipe that also uses convenience products. I'm making the Deep-Dish Taco Pizza next week.

Question of the Day: Did you eat a lot of boxed mixes while growing up?

8 comments:

Red dirt mummy said...

No, most everything was made from scratch. Mum did use the odd packet/box mix as a base but my parents were on a pretty tight budget so I guess they were just too expensive, especially 20+ years ago

PS I had to delete the last comment because I realised I'd proof-read it and it still had mistakes! Sorry.

veuveclicquot said...

Nope, I grew up spoiled - surrounded by 2+ maids, who did cooking, cleaning etc.

But occasionally these days I use boxed mixes - especially for baking. Gasp!

In any case, I think it's much better to make a fresh meal at home with some "boxed" help than going by the drive-thru at McDonald's!! :)

Claire said...

Not really. I remember Kraft Mac-and-Cheese a good bit, but that's about it. Now, I don't really use them at all except for cake mixes.

DancesInGarden said...

My mother had a thing about using more than one package of something for a single meal, and with six or more people (and we were all big eaters) that meant NO WAY lol. We did eat Kraft Dinner (we are Canadian after all ;), but it was one box and used a side dish when we had hamburgers or hot dogs, along with baked beans and coleslaw. And only ONE can of beans too.

Funny how we used to beg for things like canned ravioli (turns out we didn't like it after all). I guess the grass is always greener....

Wanda said...

No, I don't think so...well, except for macaroni and cake mix. I remember when Rice-a-Roni came out... or the commercials did - whichever. My grandmother was crazy about it, and made it often for herself.

Tracy said...

We had boxed mixes every now and then.

I don't cook with boxed mixes all that often but I have to admit -- Spanish Rice-a-Roni is probably my favorite! I don't think it has a "from a box" flavor at all.

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This was a pretty good recipe that took under 45 min. start to finish. I did make a couple of changes. I omitted the bacon( as I didn't have any) and sugar...the ketchup makes it plenty sweet. I also added a little taco seasoning to give it more flavor and a can of olives that I stirred in 10 min. before it was done.