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In a quart-sized ziplock bag combine the following ingredients:

Seal & Label the bag.  Store on the pantry shelf.

To Prepare:

Get out a 2-quart saucepan.  Heat the oil in the pan over medium heat.  Add the contents of the Taco Rice Mix.  Sauté the rice and seasonings in the hot oil until the rice is toasty and slightly opaque. Add the tomato sauce and water.  Stir it up and bring it to a boil.  When it starts to boil, cover the pan with a good lid and reduce the heat to very low.  Brown rice will cook in 45 minutes.  White rice will cook in 20 minutes.  Serve topped with cheese for a main dish, or just like it is as a side dish.  This is my oldest son's favorite food in the entire world.  This recipe doubles easily.  Cook it in a 3-quart saucepan if you double it.

Makes 4 servings.

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 228 Calories; 4g Fat (16.1% calories from fat); 4g Protein; 43g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 629mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 2 1/2 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable; 1/2 Fat.


To make Taco Style Beans & Rice add a 15 oz can of kidney or pinto or black beans (1-1/2 cups cooked beans) well drained and rinsed, along with the tomato sauce and water.  Cook as directed.

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 309 Calories; 4g Fat (12.7% calories from fat); 9g Protein; 58g Carbohydrate; 8g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 956mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 3 1/2 Grain(Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable; 1/2 Fat.

To make Taco TVP & Rice Mix add 1 cup of plain TVP and 2 bouillon cubes to the rice mixture.  Use the flavor of bouillon that you prefer.  When you prepare the dish, increase the water to 2-3/4 cups.  Otherwise, proceed as directed.  This is a great main dish mix to keep on hand for busy days.

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 288 Calories; 4g Fat (13.2% calories from fat); 17g Protein; 48g Carbohydrate; 5g Dietary Fiber; trace Cholesterol; 936mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 3 Grain(Starch); 1 1/2 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable; 1/2 Fat.

Note:  I keep the bag of Taco Rice Mix in a small brown paper bag along with the canned tomato sauce, and sometimes a can of kidney beans too.  This keeps the items together in one spot so I don't have to hunt all over the kitchen for that "can of tomato sauce that I know is around here somewhere".  You may be more organized than me and always know where that extra can of tomato sauce is, but in case you're not this tip will save some work.  Be sure to label and date the paper bag so you know what it is when you see it sitting there on the shelf.


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