I have always wanted to make yummy authentic Mexican rice that is family friendly. I doubt this is very authentic, but here is what I have found that works for us.
To start, chop 1/2 cup onion, some carrots if you want, and measure out a cup of rice. I haven't had much luck in the past using brown rice for this, but now that I'm consistently having success with white rice I might just try again with brown, or even half brown and half white. I do suggest using white at least to start.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a heavy pot, add the rice, onion and carrot and saute it all together until the rice gets a little bit "toasty." I love this part--bunging everything into the warm oil, stirring it around, and waiting it for it to change color . . . it smells good too.
Meanwhile, set out 1/2 cup tomato sauce, 2 cups of water, and a little bit of frozen vegetables if you want. I really like the rice with veggies in it so that's what I do. It is really pretty with "mixed veggies" but today I only had peas. Also get out 1 teaspoon salt. (If you opt to use chicken broth instead of water just omit the salt). For those of you whose children like spicier food, you can use El Pato instead of tomato sauce. It's really good, but too spicy for my littles.
Once the rice is nice and toasty, add the water, salt, and vegetables. Let it come to a boil, cover, and reduce the heat to very low. Cook for 20 minutes then turn off the burner.
When you are ready to eat, fluff the rice and it's ready.
Tonight we did make your own burritos again. Very popular with the fam (as were those cookies you see--I'll post about those soon). For those of you asking about the homemade tortillas, I hope to make a little "tutorial" very soon, maybe even this week.
:: Dieter got a twin sized bed and Rainer is switching to a toddler bed. I'm going to put the crib on Freecycle. A bit poignant for the mama, but the boys are so excited! You can imagine our bedroom is even more cozy (crowded) than before.
:: I've given up on our local farmer's market for the foreseeable future. It's unbearably crowded, almost impossible to navigate with my low-end, unwieldy double stroller, and Southern Californians are not super friendly so I'm definitely not getting a warm fuzzy feeling about it all. So from now on I'll just be taking the boys to a park or to the demonstration garden on Sundays and it's going to be much much better. (I do feel bad about passing up on the local food but until our farmer's market becomes more user friendly, that is they way it has to be. Fortunately it looks like we're going to have tons of food from our garden soon.)
:: I'm working on a backpack for Rainer like this one. I'm having difficulties with the straps though, so didn't get it done. While I was working, Faith and I watched Supersize Me for the hundredth time practically, and we love it.
:: I can't wait to try these.
Have a wonderful start to the week, everyone.