So by now, most of my friends know about my quest to lower my cholesterol. Because of this, every now and again, people send me recipes that they think I might like. One friend recently forwarded me this recipe to try. (Thanks Morgan!)
One thing that I really like about this recipe is how easy it is. It's literally things that you most likely already have on hand. Makes it a good meal to throw together at the last minute or if you are running low on fresh ingredients. It's a combination of different canned ingredients, frozen veggies and rice. Totally easy peasy!
When I made it the first time, I failed to notice that it called for quick cooking rice, so I had to cook it way longer, leaving me with undercooked rice and overcooked veggies. I don't usually have quick cooking rice on hand, so the next time I just prepared the rice in my rice cooker separately and then added it in near the end. It seemed to work fine.
The best part is the melted cheese on top. The cheese is one thing I miss with this new diet. Oooey goey melty cheese... mmmm.... anyways, I enjoy a meal that still lets me enjoy my cheese. It's not a large amount of cheese, so it's still pretty good for you, but it just adds enough to make it oh so yummy.
Hot sauce is an optional ingredient according to the recipe, but I don't think it should be optional. Don't be tempted to skip out on it because you don't like things too hot. Just add to taste, because the hot sauce is what really gives this dish it's flavor.
It also calls for almonds, but I just skipped those because they didn't seem that necessary.
Try the recipe for youself: Hearty Rice Skillet by Better Homes and Gardens.