Wild Oats sent me a variety of their tasty products so I could make a recipe or 2 and share with my readers. Oh and the most important part!! To help promote their upcoming Twitter party on June 10th at 6pm CST! (Just follow @wildoats and the hashtag #AffordableOrganics to be included and eligible for prizes! There will be 3 $50 gift card winners! More info at the end of this post!)
I received Wild Oats Organic Salsa, Organic Tomato Sauce, several spices, Long Grain Wild Rice, Garbanzo Beans, Sweet Peas and I was to create a recipe using those ingredients. I was trying to think of a way to make a recipe, like, vegetarian chili, wild rice soup, something that I could use all of the ingredients in one. But, I decided to make a couple recipes and after brainstorming and calling a few friends (lol), I decided to make one of my all time favorite dishes instead of the chili, burritos and casseroles.
Not only is Spanish Rice quick, easy to make and throw together for a quick lunch, side dish or even for dinner (just add a few more products to your liking.), kids love it too! We had a sleepover the night before I decided to make Spanish Rice and thought I would try and make this recipe as quick and simple as I could and we enjoyed it for lunch! (Even the pickiest of all, my 5 year old son, had seconds.)
This recipe is super simple, just 5 ingredients and any spices you may want to add. I sometimes use cumin, chili powder, garlic or just salt and pepper. But, I just stuck with an onion, Wild Oats Organic Medium Salsa, chicken stock, olive oil and Wild Oats Organic Long Grain and Wild Rice.
First, I heated a pan with a couple tablespoons of olive oil and added some chopped onion.
After about 5 minutes, I added the bag of Wild Oats Organic Long Grain and Wild Rice and toasted for about 7 minutes on medium heat. This is very important to Spanish Rice because the rice shouldn't be sticky or pasty. It should be almost translucent and sauteed just right. Don't overdo it because it could end up tasting slightly bitter if you brown it. Be sure to constantly stir so it doesn't get to brown.
If you stir often and scrape the sides, you will have perfectly toasted rice!
Next, add half of the jar of Wild Oats Organic Medium Salsa (or 1 cup. You can add more or less to your liking.) and add 2 cups of chicken stock.
Stir just enough to mix thoroughly and cover and simmer on low to medium heat for about 20 minutes.
Now, we just wait and get ready for some of the best tasting Spanish Rice ever! You have 20 minutes so, you could catch up on emails, finish some laundry, clean the bathroom, or just take a break for a bit since you were probably already running wild and getting everything done! (That's another reason I love this recipe and others like this one. Easy prep time and cover, simmer, and voila! Crockpots are also my bff!)
Since I was trying to make a few recipes with my Wild Oats ingredients, I used this time to prepare the roasted Garbanzo Beans YUM! (Another super quick and simple recipe and they taste delightful!)
As long as the liquid is gone and everything is mixed up, it's time to eat!!
The other cool thing about this recipe is that the Wild Oats Medium Salsa has the perfect blend of veggies and spices and the right heat. You even have extra to dip your tortilla chips in! (One of my kiddos favorite snack!)
If you want to learn more about Affordable Organics, please join the Wild Oats Twitter party on Wednesday, June 10th! 6-7pm CST. There will be 3 chances to win a $50 gift card!
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Wild Oats Organic Spanish Rice
1 bag of Wild Oats Long Grain and Wild Rice
2 cups of chicken stock
1 cup of Wild Oats Medium Salsa
1 medium onion
2 tbsp olive oil
(chopped garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder and any of your favorite spices will also work.)
Heat olive oil in a pan on medium heat.
Add chopped onion and stir until onion is translucent.
Add rice and stir constantly, scraping the sides for between 5 and 7 minutes or until white rice is almost translucent and rice is toasted but not browned.
Add chicken stock and salsa. Stir until mixed thoroughly.
Cover and reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes or until liquid is gone.
Enjoy by itself or add meat, serve with any main dish you like!