Delicious and Easy Spanish Rice

What’s For Dinner? Spanish Rice!

“What’s for dinner?” Most of us hear this question daily. I posted a weekly menu on a white board on the refrigerator, but still the question was asked every day. Most of the time, the answer is chicken – in some form or another. Then the next question is “What are we having with it?”

Many times, if dinner is Mexican, we have Spanish rice with it. I have a recipe for Spanish rice that is easy and quick. And it is delicious!

I am sharing it here to help anyone else who also who has to decide what to make as a side dish with the main entrée at dinnertime.

Here’s what you’ll need:

2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 Cup long-grain rice
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
¼ tsp lemon pepper seasoning
2 ½ Cups water

Here’s what you need to do:

In a large saucepan, heat the oil. Add rice and saute until golden brown. Do not overcook. In a separate bowl, combine water, tomato sauce and lemon pepper seasoning, then add to the rice. When adding the water mixture to the cooked rice, it will sizzle and steam, but just pour the water mixture into the pan with the rice and don’t panic. Stir rice and water mixture. Cook on medium heat until it boils. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally while simmering to prevent burning and sticking to the pan. If after simmering for 20 minutes, the rice isn’t soft, cook a bit longer until it is soft.

This is one of my favorite side dishes to make because it is easy and quick and everyone, even picky eaters, likes it!