When I think of home cooking, one of the meals that come to mind is my Grandma’s Spanish rice. Rice dish. Main dish. Yummy Dish. Grandma’s Spanish rice is a meal that I make every week.
My mom made this often when we were kids and she still makes it today for my Dad. It is an easy go-to meal that gets dinner on the table quick. Plus, it makes a lot so there are plenty of leftovers that Juliana and I will have for lunch the next day. Brian even takes it to work. All you need is one skillet which makes cleanup a breeze. This can easily be your main course since it is full of protein. I love to serve it with a green salad and some crusty bread.
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Mom says that this recipe came from my dad’s mom, my Grandma Annetta. Boy do I miss her and her cooking! She passed away a few years ago. It’s funny that she called this dish “Spanish” rice because I don’t think there was any Spanish heritage in our bloodline. We are mostly Italian. Regardless, it is delicious and you have to make it. Here is my Grandma holding me when I was a little one.
I love dishes like this because I can fill it with chopped up veggies and the kids will gobble it right up not even knowing that kale, spinach or green peppers are in there.
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 1 lb grass-fed ground beef
- 1 cup brown rice
- 1 can of tomato sauce
- 1 can of water
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups of dark leafy greens, chopped (I use kale or spinach)
- Brown ground beef with onions and green peppers until brown. Add can of tomato sauce plus water. Add brown rice. Bring to a boil and simmer on low for about 45 minutes. With a few minutes to go, add the greens. How easy is that? Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and fresh herbs. Enjoy with parmesan cheese and/or crusty bread.
So, how did I make this family favorite a little healthier?
- I used grass-fed beef from a local farm here is PA (Logan Family Farms in Irwin, PA)
- I used brown rice instead of white rice
- I added some leafy greens (I used spinach this time)
- I used fresh parmesan cheese instead of that powdery stuff
What is your family favorite recipe?
Ask yourself this question: What are three ways I can make it healthier? Remember – dinner does not have to be complicated to be healthy. I am all about quick, easy, and real when it comes to our meals.
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