Monday, July 13, 2009

Ultimate Mexican Dinner... mmm ;)

Sweet Rice

1/2-1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 of a white onion, chopped (add more or less to your taste)
1 1/3 cups white rice
3 cups chicken broth
1/4-1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro

Put a little oil in bottom of pan (maybe about 1/2-1 tablespoon). Saute chopped onion until transluecent. Add the rice, cooking until it is light brown (being careful not to burn). Combine the chicken broth and sugar, letting sugar disolve. Then stir into rice until combined. Bring to a boil. Cover and let cook on low, med-low until rice is done, about 25-30 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Add the chopped cinlantro (no big stems) before serving.

Basic Bean Recipe

1 bag beans of your choice
1 onion chopped
3 tbs garlic
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Rinse beans. Make sure there are no rocks or dirt. Add to crock pot. Add double the water to beans. Add the rest of the ingredients. Cook on low overnight or on high for 8-10 hours.

For Refried Beans: Cook Pinto beans using basic bean recipe. When fully cooked puree in blender or food processor until smooth (if you don't have either just mash with fork or potato masher until you get desired consistency). Then heat 1 tbs oil in skillet. Fry beans while stirring occasionally 5-10 mins. For a healthier version do not fry beans.

Shredded Pork/Beef
Coming soon... I have to double-check the ingredients.