Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Food For Thought Tuesday: Spanish Rice and Raspberry Slushy

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today I am sharing the conclusion of my Valentine's Day meal I made for my hubby.

I love trying out new recipes and making them my own. I usually start out with someone else's recipe, but tweak it a little or sometimes A LOT to make it my own. I usually tweak them because I don't have the exact ingredients on hand, or because I think my version would taste better. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. For these recipes, I was lucky enough that it worked out!

With our Beef Enchiladas, I made this yummy spanish rice. It was the first time I have made this type of rice. I generally make cilantro lime rice, but I thought this would be better with the enchiladas. I really like how it turned out and I have already made it again. :) To make a better presentation, I had a bunch of bell peppers on hand that I didn't know what to do with so I hollowed them out and put the rice in the peppers.

Spanish Rice

2 cups of long grain white rice
4 cups water
4 Chicken bouillon Cubes
1/4 cup green pepper chopped
1/4 red pepper chopped
1/4 chopped onion
3 cloves of garlic minced
8 oz jar of tomato sauce
2 tsp cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup vegetable oil

In a large pot, saute peppers and onion in oil until they start to get tender Add in garlic and rice and coat rice with oil and saute rice for a minute or two. Add in remaining ingredients and cover. Turn heat to low and cook for 20-30 minutes or until rice is soft. Try not to stir your rice until it's done, otherwise it will get sticky.

If you plan on using bell peppers for your presentation, cut a little off the bottom of your bell pepper so that it will be secure on the plate.

I made this special drink to go with our yummy dinner. This is another of my grandmother's recipes, and it was the first time I made it. It turned out to be really yummy!

Here are some tips if you plan on making this recipe:

**I ended cutting the recipe in half because it makes A LOT

**I also used strawberries rather than raspberries because I already had strawberries on hand.

**I also wold recommend doing this the night before so that it will have time to freeze.

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Janet said...

We love Spanish Rice and that recipe looks great. Love the presentation too.

Mom in High Heels said...

That slush sounds fantastic! Must put it on my "to make" list!

Mary said...

I LOVE Spanish Rice!! So tasty! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. It's lovely to meet you!

Sue said...

That slush sounds sooo good, and I love the vibrant red color! It goes well with the red bell pepper:)

Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said...

Oooh, both the rice and slushy look awesome! :)

The Mixing Bowl Diary said...

I love the recipe cards you use to post your recipes. They look great! what a wonderful idea!!