I feed a family of 5, and often have the company of two more...it is important we eat well on a budget, and in some sort of realistic schedule so the kids can do their homework. My recipes for the weeknights tend to take less than an hour from start to finish...my preference is about 40 minutes. This recipe easily comes within that time. I have made these so many times, I don't need a recipe and you can tailor it to your tastes. Exact measurements suck if you don't bake. I cook so I do with what I have. (LOL) If I talk about stock, I am using (Tone's) chicken or beef base mixed with water. It is inexpensive, lasts in the fridge and makes meals really taste homemade. Far less expensive than stock or bullion...and easy to mix with water for what you need. This recipe, I made a lot when I was really broke. I was pregnant and needed to eat plenty of veggies. I never thought to make it, but my family loves it! Don't stress about the recipe. If you don't like carrots, or want less cabbage, fine. The bigger deal is to put in the veggies you like with the rice and proper liquid. It is comforting, 1 dish, fairly quick for a very homemade type meal...and inexpensive!