Last night was a “fat” night. I was tired, hungry, lazy and wanted to be a fatty. I made my version of “Rice-a-Roni” that was much healthier than a box….Here is my creation
3 cups white rice
1 cup vermicelli or fido pasta (you can buy it in broken bits in the Mexican food aisle)
½ large onion- chopped
1 large jalapeno finely chopped
2 tbs granulated garlic
1 tbs cumin
3 tbs chili powder
1tsp red pepper
1 oz can “jalapeno tomato sauce” (available in the Mexican section)
1 can diced tomatoes
3 cups vegetable broth
3 cups water
¼ cup olive oil
Start by heating the oil in a large skillet. When hot add the rice and pasta. Cook until pasta browns. Add the onions, jalapenos and all the spices. Cook for 2-3 more minutes, stirring. Next, add the remaining ingredients. Cook on high until it begins to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer on very low for 20 minutes.
Easy, easy, easy! Wash this down with an ice cold modelo and have party! FYI- this is a MASSIVE portion. Make sure you are ready to eat it for a few days.