Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Quick Weeknight Suppers - Mexican Stirfry and Tomato Rice
The kids and I were cold, & tired after a long day and all we wanted was to get something quick to eat and crash for the evening. I wanted to go home and make something because the last thing I wanted to do was get a meal from a fast food place. I can't even go there....the greasy food, the atmosphere....ugh, it was too much for me to handle. I am sure you get my drift!
So off I went to my cosy warm kitchen and started digging, and this is what I came up with.
A Mexican stir fry with some tomato rice, tortillas and guacamole! Perfect!
I had some tortillas and guacamole on hand so all I had to do was saute the veggies and wait for the rice to cook and dinner was served!
Here's what you need: These measurements are only a guideline, use what you have.
1 packet- tortillas, ready to eat guacamole, salsa, sour cream (optional)
1 cup rice- wash and soak for 10 minutes while you prep the veggies.
For the Stir-Fry:
1 onion, 2-3 bell peppers- any color, 1 large zucchini, 1 carrot - I had some shredded carrot in the fridge which I used, 1/2 cup frozen corn,
1 packet- Taco seasoning ( I used a Low sodium One)- use half or to your taste
Black Pepper, a pinch of sugar
1 tbsp- Olive Oil
Chop the onions, peppers, zucchini into long slivers. In a pan, heat some oil and add the onions, let them saute a bit and then add the rest of the veggies and the seasoning. Cook for 7 minutes or more depending how soft you like them, I didn't cook them for too long, because I wanted a tad crunch to them.
For the rice:
1 cup rice- soaked,
1 onion, green peas and 2-3 canned or fresh tomatoes, any other veggies you'd like to add, I added the rest of the carrots in it,
the other half of the taco seasoning packet or a garam masala.
2 cups water,
Salt, Sugar to taste,
1 tbsp- Olive Oil
In a deep pan, heat the oil and add the onions. Add the rice and the veggies along with the seasoning and let it cook until done.
Serving Suggestion: Warm up the tortillas, spoon the filling inside and fold over, top off with guacamole and salsa with the rice on the side.
Boy,am I glad I made this, it filled us all up and it was a much better option than the greasy take outs...! Home cooked meals really do work wonders, don't they? I calmed down considerably after this meal! :)
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