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2009-03-26

Rockin' Recipe: Spanish Rice

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I'm almost 25 weeks pregnant now. Yep, I've really popped out there. (I think I've popped in more places than I really should have, but anyhow. . .) I'm starting to think about freezer meals. I'd love to have a freezer jammed full of meals that can be pulled out and easily reheated for when I'm the mother of three little boys. Wow.

This recipe is another one of our family favorites. My boys gobble it and my husband likes it, too. Two reasons I like it: 1) It's another cheapie. 2) It's easily doubled or tripled and freezes beautifully! In short, it's a good candidate for the "Cooking for after baby list".

Spanish Rice

1 lb ground beef
2 T. finely chopped onion (you can used a bit of minced dried onion if you prefer)
2 t. brown sugar (you can do a little molasses or sucanat if you prefer)
1 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper (I usually throw more in, because I love pepper!)
1/2 t. chili powder
4 c. canned diced or crushed tomatoes (depending on your family's texture preferences)
1/2 c. ketchup (use this recipe, if you're looking for one made with natural sweeteners)
3/4 c. uncooked brown rice

Brown the ground beef and onion. Drain if you like. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir well. Cover and simmer until rice is tender (at least 45 minutes). Stir occasionally. You may need to add a little water.

Super easy!

Cost for this meal:
Beef--$1.49
Onion--$0.05
Spices--$0.05
Tomatoes--$1.00
Ketchup--$0.50
Brown rice--$0.25
Total--$3.34 (Cha-ching!)

This is yummy served with a salad or green beans or both. Enjoy!

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This recipe is linked to Ultimate Recipe Swap at LifeasMOM.

2 comments:

Lori said...

Wow, I'm impressed with the cost of making this! It sounds good too. Think I'll give this a try. Copy/paste/print. :) Thanks!

Amanda @ Mommy's Idea Book said...

I've been looking for a good Spanish Rice recipe and this one looks tasty. I'll have to try it.

While I was pregnant with my 2nd child I also made up a bunch of meals I could freeze. It was so helpful once the baby was born.

I made double batches, then we ate one and I froze one. I did that with lasagna, enchiladas, casseroles and various soups and chilis. It was wonderful to have those meals already put together.

A hint for freezing casseroles, tape a note on top of the dish before you put it in the freezer that tells what temp and for how long to cook it. This way you don't have to go get out the cookbook or recipe card to look that information up.

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