Many years ago I was visiting a friend and noticed that she added chopped fresh vegetables to her rice dish. The rice dish had a lot of eye appeal and I decided to copy her idea. She also cooked the dish in the oven. I like cooking the rice in the oven although it does take a lot of extra time. I have prepared the dish by placing everything in a microwave or by sautéing the vegetables first and then adding the rice and cooking on top of the stove. I use the microwave method when I am in a rush and do not have much time. Likewise preparing on top of the stove is quicker than doing it in the oven. However using this method requires the addition of oil (additional calories) which is not needed in the other two methods. The number of servings can be adjusted very easily to suit your needs. I usually use equal amounts of rice, carrots, celery, mushrooms and onions. I especially like this recipe because it has so many vegetables and if I am too tired to cook another side dish it is not necessary. I like to use the left over rice the next day and add sautéed bell peppers and diced canned tomatoes to make the dish a little different from the day before.
Are you craving that great Mexican rice from your favorite taco stand? Here it is. This is just like a good Mexican restaurant rice. Many recipes taste good... but the texture just isn't right. You know how it is... you have prepared scores of Mexican rice recipes but always have been disappointed. It may be delicious but kinda "gloopy and wet." Try this. Everything is pureed and cooked in. There are no chunks of anything... just dry fluffy rice with all the seasonings and just the tiniest hint of a tomato flavor. I will throw away all of my Mexican rice recipes- this is the one I have been looking for for years!
I don't own a rice cooker but some people have had disappointing results using one. You will also need to adjust your cooking time if you want to use brown rice. I recommend following the cooking instructions as directed. Proceed at your own peril if you stray.
Rice symbolizes prosperity and wealth, so rice balls are good for New Year's and wedding celebrations. I love these tasty little morsels, and they go well with many different kinds of food! I've served them with various meats and seafood, and they're always welcome at my table. :) Prep time includes chilling.
This recipe is quite a favorite at Treebeards' restaurant in Houston. It's posted in response to a request. Cooking time does not include the pre-soak or pre-boil time. To make it South Beach friendly, substitute low fat turkey smoked sausage for the regular smoked sausage, and serve with brown rice.
This recipe was part of what helped me win a cooking competition at school against 7 other people. I got it out of an excellent appetizer book and continue to make it!! Excellent served with any meal. (VEGETARIANS CAN SUBSTITUTE VEGETABLE STOCK FOR CHICKEN STOCK)
This came from a dear Japanese friend of mine who was also my daughter's piano teacher when we lived in Japan. A lot of times I will make this recipe with leftover meat. :)
Do not let the oyster sauce scare you. :) It can be found in the Asian part of most grocery stores.