Homemade Spanish Rice

This Spanish rice is great as side dish to any number of Mexican recipes.  I most often make it for ‘Burrito Night’.  I make rice, beans,  grass fed beef or organic chicken, guacamole, salad and shredded cheese and everyone takes what they like on either a tortilla (whole wheat, Ezekiel or organic white) or just served on a plate. Once I made it myself, I’d never use a boxed Spanish rice again, and it’s so easy.  It’s a great crown pleaser!

Ingredients:

    * 2 quart sauce pan or 12 inch frying pan, with tight fitting lid

    * 2 cups organic long grain brown or white rice

    * 1/4 cup organic extra virgin coconut oil

    * 1 yellow onion cut into 1-inch chunks

    * 1 bell pepper, any color, cut into 1 inch pieces

    * 3 cloves of garlic, minced

    * 15 oz. can organic tomato puree, sauce or chopped tomatoes – your choice

    * 2 cups of homemade/ organic chicken or vegetable broth.

Directions:

Add the oil to the pan and put heat on to medium high. Add the onion and bell pepper and sauté 5 – 10 minutes.

Then add the rice and sauté until golden brown approximately another 5 – 10  minutes.

The important thing is to make sure the rice is toasted to a nice golden brown.

Using a garlic press, add the minced fresh garlic by squeezing the press and cutting off the garlic as it comes out, with a knife.

Continue to sauté for an additional 3 minutes. You will notice a wonderful garlic aroma.

Add the tomato puree and chicken broth. Stir and turn heat up to high. Bring to a full boil while stirring. Continue to boil for 2 minutes.

Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes for white rice and 40-50 for brown rice.  I do sometimes stir once or twice during cooking.  Serves 6-8.

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