Have you ever had a box of Rice-A-Roni or another boxed wild rice? I grew up eating that as a side to meals and I loved that stuff. Even before the kid’s corn allergies I began to avoid eating things from a box that I couldn’t buy the items on the ingredient list. Have you looked at the ingredients for a box of Rice-A-Roni? Yeah, I’m not really sure about these: “Sodium sulfite…, hydrolized soy protein, monosodium glutamate, natural flavor.” I don’t know about you, but I don’t cook with any of those. We won’t even get into *why* they aren’t so good for you.
So I came up with at least one substitute. As we get more safe spices in the house for our kids I’ll create some others!
Sweet Pepper Rice
2 mini sweet peppers (red and orange look beautiful), chopped
1/4 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
4 tablespoons of butter
1 cup long grain brown rice
2 cups water
1 tspn salt
1/4 tspn black pepper
1/8 tspn cumin
1/8 tspn red pepper flakes
Using a saute pan with a lid, melt the butter over medium heat. Then add the peppers, onions, garlic and rice. Saute over medium heat. Add the spices. Stirring often saute until onions are translucent. Then pour in two cups of water, bring to a boil. Cover and turn to low or off for the time recommended per your rice. Mine recommends 40 minutes on low and then ten minutes off.