Tuesday, November 2, 2010

[Day 2] Mexican Food & Matt's Mama's Rice Recipe

I love Mexican food - going out to eat at Mexican places is rather hard. Everything from beans to guacamole can be off limits due to animal ingredients. Here is a list of things to look out for if you happen to go out and eat at a Mexican restaurant!

chips: these can be fried in lard.
beans:can contain lard or pork bits.
tortillas can contain lard or l-cysteine.
rice: this can be cooked with chicken broth.
gucamole: can often be stretched by using sour cream.
"vegetarian" options: there is a local chain that has a veg section - problem is everything has lard in it, I guess because they feel there is not actual meat in it that it is vegetarian by default.

My boyfriend's mom has a dinner time staple - rice. Sometimes it is called red rice or Spanish rice...we just call it rice. Don't mind the cell phone picture - it is tasty!

1 cup of white rice
1 tablespoon of olive oil (canola oil can work too)
1 and a 1/2 cups of tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
lemons (optional)

Place rice in a pan (with a lid) and add oil, fry rice for a few minutes on medium heat, till the rice gives off a scent and is slightly browned. Turn heat to low and add liquid, cover and cook for 25-30 minutes - till all the liquid is absorbed.
You can cut up lemons and add a squeeze of lemon juice to the rice like my boyfriend likes to do! Enjoy!

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