Yes. It's winter. There are no local summer vegetables about; however, there are still local onions and garlic at Mr. Garber's at the 2nd Street Market. Also at the 2nd Street Market, Hydrogrower's has some very nice olive oils, and The Spice Rack has many different varieties of rice and some great vegetable broth powder!
Spanish rice makes very good low calorie comfort food
Simple Spanish rice
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1/4 of a medium onion
- 1 1/2 cups rice
- 3 cloves finely chopped garlic
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 3 tsp vegetable broth powder
- 1 cup plain tomato sauce or 1 cup of chopped tomatoes in sauce
In a medium sauce pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add in the fresh onion and saute for 1 or 2 minutes until softened. Add the dry rice and cook it with the onions for about 5 minutes or until the rice becomes a golden brown color. Add in the and saute for another minute.
Meanwhile, heat the water to boiling and add in the vegetable broth powder and mix well. Add this to the sauteed rice (slowly!) and then add the tomatoes or tomato sauce. Stirring, bring this to a boil, and then once it starts to boil, turn the heat to low and cover it. Let simmer for 20 minutes and then fluff with a fork before serving.
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