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Nina’s Mexican Rice

May/June 2010

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The key to nutty and flavorful Mexican rice is cooking the rice first in oil until it is nicely golden.



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Nina’s Mexican Rice Recipe

Makes: 6 servings, about 2/3 cup each

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice (see Brown Rice Variation)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed vegetables (such as corn, peas and carrots), thawed

Preparation

  1. Heat a large heavy saucepan with a tight-fitting lid over medium heat. Add oil and rice and cook, stirring, until the rice is just beginning to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Add onion and salt and cook, stirring, until the onion begins to soften, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 minute more. Pour tomato sauce over the rice and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  2. Stir in broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until the rice is cooked, about 15 minutes. Stir in vegetables and serve.

Tips & Notes

  • Brown Rice Variation: Use 1 cup long-grain brown rice and 1 3/4 cups broth. In Step 2, simmer for 45 minutes. Remove the rice from the heat and let stand, covered, for 15 minutes before adding the vegetables.

Nutrition

Per serving: 193 calories; 5 g fat (0 g sat, 3 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 32 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 4 g protein; 1 g fiber; 438 mg sodium; 254 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Folate (25% daily value).

Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat


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