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.
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?