Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Spanish Rice

Oh, this past week our household has been a whirlwind of volunteer activities!  Spring is always a very busy happy time at the 5 museum complex - the Springfield Museums - where I give tours to groups of students who are visiting on School Field Trips.  History and Art are fascinating!  The Springfield Museums is a beautiful complex with large life size bronze statues of Dr. Seuss and of Horton on the green.  Yes, Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) was born in Springfield, MA and his work is honored with these sculptures and with many more.

This past weekend our Town Green here in Longmeadow was filled with talented crafters and artists, food and local history.  Visitors enjoyed themselves while chatting with friends.  Long Meddowe Days is in May and my hubby was on the planning committee.  

Dinners have been quick, easy and nutritious.  With all of the bustle on the home front, I was so pleased one night to locate 2 Cups of the "leftover" Rice, served two days earlier, in my fridge.  It was the beginning of Spanish Rice.  Was that ever a time saver after a non-stop day! 

Spanish Rice

1 lb. Ground Beef, browned
1 can (15 oz.) Tomato Sauce
1 can (15 - 20 oz.) Tomatoes - whole or pieces, drained
1 Green Pepper - cut into strips, optional
2 Cups cooked Rice

1/4 tsp. Oregano
1/4 tsp. Basil
1 Tablespoon chopped Parsley

  1. Brown 1 lb. Ground Beef.
  2. While browning Beef, combine Tomato Sauce, Tomatoes and cut Green Pepper in large pot and simmer.
  3. Add browned Beef and stir.
  4. Add in cooked Rice, Oregano, Basil and Parsley.  Stir well and simmer 30 minutes.
  5. Stir occasionally while simmering.
This quick and easy meal simmered while we watched the 6:30 PM news.  After dinner was finished there was "some" remaining Spanish Rice that was placed in a small bowl.  It made a great lunch for my hubby the next day.

Do you use leftover Rice in another meal?



Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Your rice dish looks delicious, nice and hearty with a lot of good flavor.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

This would be perfect for summer! It's almost too hot to grill here this week! ♥

Mary Bergfeld said...

Spanish rice used to be a regular dish on the dinner table when I was a child. I haven't had it in years but your recipe has me thinkingg it might be time to try it again. I hope you have a wonderful evening. Blessings...Mary

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Love rice dishes - this will be a big hit with my family.

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Mmmm...this would be so good with bbq'd ribs!


Rita said...

Always wanted to make spanish rice; thank you for sharing.\