Simple Spanish Rice

Simple Spanish Rice

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"This is something my grandmother used to make, but she never used a recipe. It took me a long time to figure out just what she did. I think this is as close to hers as it gets. It's just a simple rice side dish, but if you add a pound of cooked ground beef or chicken you can serve it as a meal. I hope you enjoy."
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40 m servings 359 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 359 kcal
  • 18%
  • Fat:
  • 14.5 g
  • 22%
  • Carbs:
  • 51.5g
  • 17%
  • Protein:
  • 5.8 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 1270 mg
  • 51%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Nutritional Information

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Amount Per Serving
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir rice, onion, and bell pepper in hot oil until the vegetables are slightly tender and rice is lightly browned, 7 to 10 minutes.
  2. Stir diced tomatoes, vegetable juice, tomato sauce, water, sugar, lemon juice, salt, and pepper into the rice mixture. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook at a simmer until the liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes more.



I don't keep instant rice in the house, I used regular long grain rice in place of the instant. It just took a little longer to cook. I also used a red bell pepper instead of green and lime juic...

We made a meal of this browning boneless, skinless chicken breasts first, remove, cover and setting aside in a warm oven, then proceeding with recipe. I did leave the tomato sauce out and though...

I followed the instructions without the v8 juice and I thought it was fantastic. I also used brown rice instead, but it was still the instant variety so I didn't have to adjust cook times. Lov...

I have tried this twice now. First time I followed the recipe exactly and found it to be a little bland for my taste. Second time instead of using vegetable juice I used pure tomato juice. Also ...

Even after leaving out the tomato sauce completely, this was too tomato-y for us. The sweet, tomato flavor totally predominated this as a side dish.

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