Heat some olive oil in a pot and throw in 1 diced yellow onion, and saute that for a few minutes.
Next dice up two zuchinni and throw those into your pot along with some garlic. Season your veggies with a bit of salt and pepper, and cook for another few minutes.
Now add a cup of rice, (I used calrose) a can of diced tomatoes, and a 1/2 cup of chicken stock.
For the most part most rices are a 1 to 2 ratio for liquid,( 1 part rice 2 parts liquid) but check the cooking direction on your rice just to make sure. You get about a half cup of liquid with the diced tomatoes, so don’t forget to factor that in.
Not that I think you would, but I just wanted to remind you.
Give your rice a good stir, and add a squeeze of tomato paste. How much is in a squeeze? I don’t know… a bit?
Hope that helps.
Spices, here we go!
1 tsp of cumin…
1 tsp of chili powder.
1/2 tsp of oregano, a bit more salt, and a tad more fresh pepper. What’s a tad? Less than a squeeze.
Taste it! Do you like it? Do you want to add more cumin? Go for it! Maybe some more salt? Sure! Some more coco powder? Wait…what? No… don’t do that…
Stir in a cup of frozen corn & bring his pot to a boil.
Now put a lid on it! That’s right, be quiet!!
Just kidding…. not you silly, the pot.
Take your rice down to a simmer, and walk away. Go fold some laundry, call your mom, check out facebook, whatever, just leave your rice alone for at least 20 minutes. Little peeks in are ok, but you want to keep the steam in the pot to cook that rice. If the rice is still not cooked, and all of your broth is gone go ahead and pour in a bit more broth into the pot. Don’t stir it in, just pour it, lid it, and walk away….
When your rice is cooked through, run a fork through it to fluff it up.
Mmmmmm, smells good!
Find a red bowl,
or a blue one,
or a white one,
Ooooooh, or a striped one would be pretty….
Pour your rice in whatever bowl you decied to use and grate a little (or a lot) of cotija cheese on top.
What the heck is cotija cheese? It’s a mexican cheese that is a lot like parmesan cheese. I was able to find it in the cheese section at the grocery store, but if you can’t cheddar would be great too.
Not just great…it would be amazing.
Top with some green onions & there you have it! Enjoy!
- 1 onion diced
- 2 zucchini diced
- 1 tbl garlic
- 1 cup of rice
- 1 1/2 cups of chicken stock
- 1 can of diced tomatoes
- squeeze of tomato paste
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp oregano
- sea salt & fresh ground pepper to taste