I love rice. There. I said it. I don’t care if it is a grain, a form of a carb, it is delicious! One of our go to weeknight meals is a taco bowl. We opt to skip out on taco shells, but I like to have at least rice with it! Lately it has just been extra lean ground turkey, black beans, a little cheese, taco bell sauce, jalapenos…all over some rice. I don’t like buying the 99 cent rice packets at stores. You know which ones I am talking about, the Knors or the Rice a Roni boxes. Sure, they are delicious. But do we even know what is in them? I mean, besides ridiculous amounts of salt.
I prefer to make my own rice, and have found a super cheap and easy way to do so. Without losing any flavor, of course! You probably have most all of these ingredients sitting in your pantry right now, so let’s get started.
What You Need
1 cup brown rice
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
2 teaspoons of minced garlic
1 teaspoon chili powder
What You Do
–Heat olive oil over medium-high heat, then stir rice around for a few minutes until it starts to get a golden color
–Pour in the chicken broth and stir. (Careful, the pan will be hot and the sauce will sizzle and bubble when you first dump it in. Often I turn the heat down until I add all my ingredients, then turn it back up.)
–Add in the tomato sauce, garlic and chili powder and stir. Bring to a boil.
–Cover and reduce heat, allowing the rice to cook until all the liquid is gone. This usually takes 20-30 minutes.