Friday, 17 January 2014

Easy Oven Baked Mexican Rice



I was feeling ultra tired last night. I rooted around for some oven cooked meal and found some chorizo wrapped chicken. I didn't fancy wedges, chips or shop bought rice dishes. But I wanted rice and I wanted a  flavoursome spicy rice. I also wanted the least fuss possible, I decided to try and concoct an oven baked Mexican rice!



 I winged it and happily it worked. So my easy meal  took on a homemade dish and made me feel better about being lazy. 

I took my Jambalaya recipe and minus the meat and tweaking the ingredients devised a recipe that would involve no stove top cooking at all.

I wanted all of it to go into the oven, even the frying of the vegetables. I will make this often.

The timings will be dependant on the whim of your oven, rice used and dish. Mine was a deep casserole dish. A shallower vessel will probably allow quicker cooking.

I used easy cook long grain rice, next time I will try basmati or paella as these cook quickly. But it was a spur of the moment decision.

The spices are a homemade blend, again on the Jambalaya post. I use for spicing meat as well. Feel free to use a shop bought one.

Happily for Slimming World followers this can be easily adapted without using oil. 



Ingredients

Oil or Frylight
1 large onion finely diced
Half a red pepper finely diced
Half a  green pepper finely diced
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
1 chicken stock cube
600ml boiling water
400g can chopped tomatoes
300g long grain rice
2 tsp  homemade Cajun seasoning or shop bought.


Method

Preheat oven 200 C Fan 180, Gas Mark 6

Add oil to the base of the casserole dish.




Add the onion, pepper, garlic to the casserole and oven cook for 10 minutes.




Add the tomatoes, stir well, mix in the spice and rice, finally adding the stock. Give a final stir.

Cook for 1 hour uncovered. Check the rice from about 40 minutes, then every 10, adding foil if the liquid is absorbing too quickly.

Remove from the oven and stir together thoroughly.

Add a coriander garnish to impress the diners!!



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68 comments:

  1. Oh wow! This looks really Yummy! I am going to make myself some lovely things like this! Everyone else in my house is fussy which means i normally miss out!

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    1. Thanks Lucie. x Ooh I would love it if mine did not like it, I went back for seconds, it was all gone!

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  2. I love rice and mexican dishes, it looks lovely.

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  3. That looks so yummy!! I love Mexican food so it will be nice to try this out.
    www.leeshastarr.com

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    1. Thanks hope you like it as much as we did.

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  4. Cool, sounds easy enough, so even I could make it... I hope :-)

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    1. You definitely would be able to make it Agata, it was so easy.

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  5. This looks yummy. I am a real fan of rice

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    1. Me too, hubby not so keen, I serve it a lot though, he actually said "This makes rice nice" so a success.

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  6. This looks really yummy...we're often really lazy and *shhh* buy Mexican rice!! But this looks SO much better I'll have to give it a try!

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    1. Shh I do too, but I have been terrible in the last month, tiredness mainly but making a bit of an effort to home cook.

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  7. This looks scrummy! I shouldn't be looking at recipes today, as I'm on my fasting day, and yummy food images only make my tummy rumble. ;)

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    1. Oh dear hope you remain good. Stop looking Galina xx

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  8. This looks delicious. I also fancy making Jambalaya so will check out that recipe too :)

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    1. Thank you, my favorite meal is Jambalaya, its hit and miss in restaurants though as sometimes the rice is rubbery.

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  9. That looks super scrumptious. Will give it a go.

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  10. This sounds yummy. Ii love all the ingredients, particularly the peppers and garlic. Cajjun seasoning also seems yummy.

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    1. thanks it is yummy, love peppers but I imagine could be adapted for those who do not.

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  11. this looks really nice! I might give that a try actually, very different from the rice we normally make

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    1. Thanks it was a really different flavour and would compliment any grilled meat.

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  12. That sounds really tasty and a nice easy dish too.

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  13. Loving the rice what a fantastic dish .x

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  14. My two children LOVE rice - I might just try this for them, as they like fairly spicy food. Worth a shot, I reckon! It looks delicious.

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    1. Thanks, worth a go, it tasted a bit too hot when I was testing for the rice to be cooked, but served it was just a little heat.

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  15. I always wondered what Jambalaya was!!!

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    1. Oh you need to try it, its such a nice dish.

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  16. I love food like this soo easy and quick to make x

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  17. I could so eat a big bowl of this right now. I had the crappiest dinner and am now thinking about food. Damn. I am pinning this for later, hope that's okay.

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    1. Pin away, I had a boring dinner tonight leftovers from the freezer and Christmas just to make space!

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  18. It looks really yummy! I love rice dishes, and would so love to eat one right now. You made my mouth water....

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  19. Lovely, first time I hear of baked rice! My little one loves Nando's rice, she could eat it in buckets and I am wondering now if this is the way they make it and the secret to why she loves it so much!

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    1. She may love this then, it is spicy so go easy on those for the first time.

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  20. Looks brilliant! Great colour. I've Pinned to my Food board :) You might want to link this up to #recipeoftheweek on my blog too, if you fancy it. There's a new linky live at 6pm every Saturday x

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    1. Thank you, colour is so tricky to get late at night when there is red in the food. I will link up Emily, thanks for the invite.

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  21. This looks lovely! I'm a huge fan if stuff you can chuck in the oven and ignore for a bit :)

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    1. The amount of time I spend trying to avoid standing over the cooker, I could probably make a seven course meal!!

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  22. I wonder if I could substitute the chicken for some quorn? The rice looks fantastic though! x

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    1. Yes replace with any favourite food, the rice is just the side to what you fancy. You could even add more veg and Quorn to the rice dish.

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  23. Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing, I'm definitely going to try this

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  24. Hi Jo, I answered Oder on my blog too but thought I'd come and leave a message here so I can check your blog out - it's great by the way. I've added you to my circles.
    Yes there are two different types of haddock in the fishcakes, smocked and regular. The chunky chips are a low fat, low cal option. You just peel and cut the chips into big chunks and then boil them for about five minutes to speed up the cooking time. Spray them with fry light and then bake in the oven for about 20 mins at 200C. Hope this helps!

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    1. Hi Andrea, thanks for clearing that up, helps if I read it properly!! Ahhh Slimming World chips. I use my Actifry for mine, thought they looked good.

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  25. Oh love your new blog look. The recipe looks really tasty as well

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  26. This looks fab, do link up to #tastytuesdays if you fancy http://honestmum.com/tasty-tuesdays-greek-chicken-casserole/

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  27. I will definitely be trying this when my partner is on nights again - yummy!

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  28. Well you already know I love this recipe! Thanks so much for linking up with #recipeoftheweek. I've Tweeted and Pinned this post and am pleased to be showcasing your rice this week. I would love you to join in again x

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    1. Thanks I feel so happy to see it was showcased its really easy and so lazy. I have added the Devonshire In and Out pudding this week, another recipe for the idle!! Hehe!

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  29. This looks yummy! I have a rice dish for #tastytuesdays this week. Thanks for linking up!

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  30. Mmmm thanks so much for linking up to Homemade Thursday - I'm definitely going to give this a try!

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    1. Happy to link up thanks, hope you like it.

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  31. Have bookmarked this for later, looks amazing! Thanks for sharing :) x

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  32. This look so good. Easy to follow too.

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  33. Looks very tasty
    Felicity kelly

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  34. It is so delicious. Thank for sharing. I love Mexican food. I'm going to try it now

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