Fisheaters easy recipe thread
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Zubr, that sounds like something my kids would like! I think I'll have to try that.

Tonight's dinner will be Army Man Rice (I don't know why it's called Army Man Rice, that's just what the original recipe we used calls it). It's similar to spanish rice. Good for using up leftover bits of meat or beans. Also a cheap meal because it's flexible, using whatever ingredients you have on hand. It's our go-to meal when we're in a rush, need to go grocery shopping, have lots of leftover bits that need eating up, etc. 

Ingredient  1

So you need a protein, like cut up hot dogs, ground meat of some kind, chopped up (cooked) sausage, leftover roast or chicken, etc. Whatever you have on hand and your family enjoys. Or make it vegetarian using beans (black and pinto are good).

Ingredient 2
You also need some rice. The basic recipe is 1 cup uncooked rice, but my family we use 3 cups because they eat a lot of it. Adjust according to your family. Use regular rice, not instant/minute rice. Brown rice is good too, but you'll need to increase your cooking time.

Ingredient 3
You need some tomato stuff. Whatever you have on hand works, whether it be plain tomato sauce, a tin of crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, or even peeled and chopped fresh tomatoes. You'll need roughly 6-8oz (175-250 ml, or 3/4 to a cup) for every cup of rice. If I'm doing 3 cups of rice I usually just use a full 591ml  tin of tomato sauce and call it a day.

Ingredient 4

You will also need liquid. This could be water, home made broth, stock from a carton or tin, broth recontituted from boullion cubes, whatever you happen to have. You need about 3/4 c to every cup of rice, give or take.

Ingredient 5
You need fat. My personal favourite is bacon grease, which I save in a jar in the fridge whenever we have bacon. But you could use any relatively high-heat cooking fat, such as oil, coconut oil, chicken fat, etc. I don't recommend butter because it will likely burn.

Ingredient 6
Spices. This dish usually lends itself well to mexican-type spices, but you may use whatever you like. For my 3 cups of rice, I will usually use a couple of tsp of chili powder, some cumin, some coriander, some oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt and pepper if it needs (sometimes it doesn't depending on what ingredients are going in).

Method

1. In a large, flat-bottomed pot or skillet, cook your meat as required (if you're using ground beef, for example). You may also want to precook your meat, such as sausages, in the oven or something and have them chopped and ready to go. If you're using already-cooked meat such as leftovers, or beans, you can skip this step. Remove meat.

2. In the same pot or skillet, heat your fat. Add rice. You'll need enough fat to coat all the little bits of rice, so it may take a fair amount. Over medium heat, toast the rice in the hot fat. You know it's ready when the grains are opaque (instead of translucent/glossy) and starting to brown. Stir frequently during this process. It takes about 5-10 minutes for the grains to be nice to white.

3. Once the rice is nice and toasted, add your spice and stir constantly for about 30 seconds. This toasts your spices too.

4. Add your tomatoes, cooking liquid, and protein. If you have leftover cooked veggies hanging around, you can add those too. Stir everything up good. Bring to a boil, then reduce to minimum and put on a lid.

5. Let it cook for about 10-15 minutes, or until rice is tender. You may need to add a bit more liquid. Let stand a few minutes before serving so the rice can absorb all the liquid.

6. Serve with a nice salad. My kids like putting sour cream and shredded cheese on top of theirs, but it's delicious plain especially if you used bacon grease.


This makes great leftovers, and we often use a "plain" version (without protein, so just the rice, tomatoes, spices, liquid) as a filling for tacos or burritoes.
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Re: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by PrairieMom - 10-11-2016, 10:19 PM
Re: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by Zubr - 10-13-2016, 09:58 AM
Re: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by PrairieMom - 10-13-2016, 12:01 PM
Re: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by PrairieMom - 10-13-2016, 09:52 PM
Re: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by Zubr - 10-13-2016, 11:06 PM
Re: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by Zubr - 10-14-2016, 11:21 AM
Re: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by PrairieMom - 10-14-2016, 12:32 PM
Re: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by PrairieMom - 10-14-2016, 12:40 PM
Re: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by Zubr - 10-15-2016, 10:22 AM
Re: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by Zubr - 10-16-2016, 07:13 AM
Re: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by PrairieMom - 10-16-2016, 06:08 PM
Re: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by PrairieMom - 10-16-2016, 09:13 PM
Re: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by Zubr - 10-16-2016, 10:18 PM
Re: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by Jeeter - 10-24-2016, 10:33 AM
Re: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by Jeeter - 10-24-2016, 10:43 AM
Re: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by Jeeter - 10-31-2016, 08:08 AM
Re: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by PrairieMom - 10-31-2016, 08:02 PM
Re: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by Jeeter - 11-01-2016, 09:43 PM
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Re: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by PrairieMom - 11-04-2016, 06:22 PM
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Re: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by PrairieMom - 11-09-2016, 12:11 AM
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Re: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by PrairieMom - 01-18-2017, 02:58 PM
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Re: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by PrairieMom - 01-18-2017, 10:19 PM
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Re: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by PrairieMom - 01-26-2017, 09:07 PM
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Re: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by PrairieMom - 01-27-2017, 11:59 AM
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Re: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by Jeeter - 03-20-2017, 10:50 AM
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Re: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by PrairieMom - 04-26-2017, 03:14 PM
Re: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by PrairieMom - 04-26-2017, 03:26 PM
Re: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by PrairieMom - 04-26-2017, 03:44 PM
Re: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by PrairieMom - 04-26-2017, 04:13 PM
Re: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by Jeeter - 04-26-2017, 04:40 PM
Re: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by PrairieMom - 04-26-2017, 08:33 PM
Re: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by PrairieMom - 04-26-2017, 08:53 PM
Re: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by Jeeter - 04-26-2017, 09:19 PM
Re: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by PrairieMom - 04-28-2017, 05:09 PM
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Re: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by Jeeter - 06-09-2017, 11:05 PM
RE: Fisheaters easy recipe thread - by Jeeter - 08-18-2017, 07:52 PM
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