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Food: How to Stretch a Meal-Spanish Rice

A while back, our friends at Burnell’s eatery gave us two giant pans full of Spanish rice that were leftover from one of their events. Knowing we could never consume this much food before it went bad, we gave a pan to our neighbors and went to work on ours. Not only was it delicious, it provided us with several different meal options for the next few days:


-Rice Bowls! The first night we re-heated the rice on cast-iron w/ oil and spices (smoked paprika, turmeric and cumin mainly; always add water to avoid stickage), serving it in a large bowl with pulled jack-fruit (like pork, but healthier), red beans, topped with sautéed purple cabbage and green onions.

-Burritos! For lunch the next day, we put all of those same ingredients, along with roasted sweet potatoes and some toppings (ground flax seed, tortilla chips, cilantro, and salsa) into burritos and enjoyed those easy snacks on the beach. Their Spanish rice was so good that afterwards we were diving in on it by itself!

-BBQ Lentil Nachos! The rice and beans alone were mind-bending goodness , but to pile on some homemade guacamole, finely chopped spinach, green onions, cilantro and lime juice? Dang. These aren’t just ornaments, but bountiful and nutritional palpitations of goodness. Thank you Burnell’s!


Spanish Rice:


-Boil 2 Cups of brown rice in a sauce pan (use the real stuff and this will take 30-40 minutes)

-While it simmers, chop 1/2 red onion, 1 clove garlic and 4 large tomatoes (if you’re going from scratch, if not one 8 oz of canned tomatoes will work).

-Once the rice appears to be softening, add the chopped onions to a separate oiled dutch oven

-After the onions have softened and the rice has cooked almost through, add the chopped garlic and then pour the rice in the dutch oven (there should be a little water left w/ the rice, as it will continue to cook when added to the onions/garlic).

-Add the chopped tomatoes, along w/ 2 tablespoons of paprika, salt and pepper to taste (you may need to add liquid- a broth or water works here; also a dash of oil or butter substitute may help rice from sticking).

-Mix all of the ingredients well and allow to simmer for 5-7 minutes on low. This should make a healthy portion and rest is up to you!

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