Using only simple staple foods and spices, this recipe is handy when you can’t get to the store.
In a 9 x 13 pan, stir together:
1-1/2 c. rice
15 oz. can tomato sauce
2 c. water
4 tsp. minced onion
2 tsp. dried cilantro or parsley
2 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. chili powder
Cover with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.
As a side dish, this makes 12 servings – nice for leftovers. Add some canned chicken for a great burrito stuffing. If you want to jazz it up even more, the rice quantity can be made up of any combination of white rice, wild rice, red rice or orzo pasta. Adding some black beans (drained & rinsed), green peppers, diced tomatoes, or corn is all good with no other changes to the recipe. Or take it to the limit with all of the above plus raw chicken breasts that all cook up in the same time, then top with shredded cheese before serving.