Yesterday was one of those gorgeous late Winter days that felt more like Spring - the kind of day where it has be a sin not to be outside. Jordan's professor must have been in need of some Vitamin D, because he let class out over an hour early, and we were able to work on our Monday night dinner as a team. I had been researching Spanish Rice recipes all afternoon but we didn't have quite the right ingredients to follow any of them. Working together, we decided to wing it, and the results were fantastic. This rice is super filling, with just the right amount of heat, and fresh, crunchy green peas. We paired ours with crispy, black bean and kale tacos topped with avocado, cilantro, and lime juice.
BAKED CHIPOTLE SPANISH RICE (SERVES 8 - AS A SIDE)
- 1 small Yellow Onion, chopped
- 1 1/4 cup of fresh Tomatoes (we used Grape Tomatoes because that's all we had)
- 3 cloves of Garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 Chipotle Peppers
- 2-3 Tbsp of Adobe Sauce
- 2 1/2 cups of Vegetable Broth
- 2 cups of Brown Rice
- Grapeseed Oil or Olive Oil for drizzling
- Sprinkling of Salt
- 1 cup of Frozen Peas
- The juice of 1/2 Lime
- 1/4 cup of chopped Fresh Cilantro
- Step 1: Preheat your oven to 375°F.
- Step 2: Combine the onion, tomatoes, garlic, peppers, and adobe sauce in a food processor and run until it has a sauce-like consistency.
- Step 3: Pour the mixture into a medium sized saucepan along with the veggie broth and bring it to a simmer over medium heat.
- Step 4: Using a large, rectangular, ceramic baking dish: cover the bottom of the dish with the brown rice and drizzle with oil. Sprinkle salt over the top.
- Step 5: When the tomato/broth mixture comes to a simmer, pour it into the ceramic dish, and mix it all together. Cover with foil and put it in the oven.
- Step 6: Let this bake for an hour - don't check on it or you will ruin the steam process - just trust me.
- Step 7: After 1 hour, check the rice to make sure it's done, if it's not, add a little bit more water or broth (about 1/4 cup) and cook for 10 more minutes. Mix in the peas, lime juice, and cilantro, and season with salt if needed.