Emma dubbed it Christmas rice. Molly called it red rice while Clay was just ready to eat it. We were heading out of town for the holidays so my intention was to empty the shelves. With a bag of rice and a can of beans, a meal can be made and a good one to boot.
As Christmas holiday was almost upon us, I found my gang having some time to help me in the kitchen. After decorating plenty of cookies, we embarked on a pot of rice that would be dinner. Clay, 6, measured the rice for me while I sautéed the onion. Emma, 9, measured out the spices. Molly, 7, got in on the action by dissolving some chicken broth base in hot water and adding some canned tomato to it. She poured it over the rice in the pot, Emma added her seasonings and Clay stirred it all up, covered the pot and the gang resumed with the gingerbread cookie adornments. Once the rice was done, we poured the peas on top of the rice, covered it again and took the pot off the heat to rest for a few minutes. Then, we added the final ingredients and were ready for dinner. It could not be much easier to make a meal out of a cup of rice, especially one that tasted so good.
I had only some refried beans so we had those on the side, but some whole, pinto beans would have been great to mix into the rice. If your kids can handle some spice, a small bit of chipotle chile stirred in would add a smoky, spicy flavor that I would love, but not my children.
Needless to say, the red rice with bits of green herbs mixed in made for a festive dish. So, if you are in a hurry and have these few, necessary ingredients, try this Christmas rice with your gang and be ready for a quick, easy meal to enjoy during the busy holiday season.