I've been craving a lot of rice lately, and this is one of my favorite ways to get a Saturday night meal and three containers to freeze for lunches during the week:
1 splooch of olive oil or 1 tbsp. of butter/margerine
1 medium onion, diced
1 clove garlic, crushed or minced
1 can of diced or crushed tomatoes (better, if you can get it, 1 can of Ro-Tel Original)
1 can of niblet corn, drained or 1-1/2 cups frozen corn
1/2 lb. smoked beef sausage, sliced (sometimes I just use a couple of these, which I always have in the freezer), or substitute 1-2 cups cooked chicken if you've got it.
1 pkg. Vigo Santa Fe Rice and Beans or Smokey Cowboy Beans & Rice
1/2 cup less water than the amount indicated on the packaging
In a sauce pan, saute onion and garlic in butter or olive oil until glassy. Dump in the tomatoes, corn, sausage slices and water. Bring up to a boil. Add the rice mix and seasonings and finish cooking per package instructions.
While it's great right out of the pan, this totally ROCKS when it's had a chance to sit for a day and let all the flavors blend.
Mmmmmmmmmm! I'm getting hungry again.