Thursday, January 14, 2010

Skillet Dinner Betty Crocker Style

Hubby is sure having a hard time with adjusting to managing with his left hand only.   I've been trying to make meals that are finger friendly or something you can scoop up without having to cut in some way.  I left him home one day with lasagna all set on a plate to warm up in the microwave and he had a ruff time cutting his lunch into bite size pieces.  He likes those "Helper" dinners that you make in a skillet but I do not want to make them often because I know how much preservatives they have.  So I was searching through my cookbooks for something I could throw together this evening without running to the store for ingredients and I found in my very old Betty Crocker cookbook Spanish Rice.  Well this recipe is very much like that "helper" in the box dinner that you make in one skillet, except I had to use two skillets. 

Spanish Rice
1/2 pound bacon (about 10 slices), cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1/2 pound hamburger
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
2 cups water
1 cup uncooked regular rice
2/3 cup chopped green pepper
1 can (16 ounces) stewed tomatoes
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Fry bacon until crip: drain on paper towels.  Cook and stir hamburger and onion in 10-inch skillet until hamburger is light brown:  drain.  Stir in bacon and remaining ingredients.  Heat to boiling: reduce heat.  Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until rice is tender, about 30 minutes.  (add small amount water during cooking if necessary.)   6 servings

Believe it or not we did not have an onion in the house, but I used a quart of my home canned stewed tomatoes which have quite a few onions in them.  This was really good and I would think some might put it in the comfort food category.  And the house still smells good too.

I want to thank everyone for their prayers and well wishes for my husbands broken collar bone and the surgery he had on Monday.  It was very broken up and it took about 1 1/2 hours for the orthopedic surgeon to put it back together but the surgeon believes it will mend well now.  Thanks for stopping by I hope everyone is having a good week. 


mrs. c said...

I am so glad the surgery went well, make sure he drinks lots of milk to build up his bones, really!! That will help him heal! Also how about some yummy potato soup, chicken tenders, anything on a skewer? If you have any of that spanish rice left it goes great in a bell pepper with a can of tomato soup over top. So glad we are "blog buddies"!

Jackie said...

Glad to hear your husbands surgery went well.

The skillet dinner looks so yummy. I'm gonna have to try it sometime soon!

Sweet Blessings!

Linda said...

Your poor hubby but at least his surgery went well! I have that cookbook and I guess it's time to pull it back out.

Rose said...

Brenda, I am glad your husbands surgery went well and he is on the mend. My goodness that food looks really good. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Linda said...

Happy to hear that the surgery went well...hope the recovery goes well too:) That Betty is one gooood cook...thanks for sharing!


Deborah Ann said...

I just made Spanish rice day before yesterday. My recipe is similar to yours, but it doesn't have bacon. I'll have leftovers all week because no one else here likes Spanish rice. All the more for me!

Liz Seelye said...

I might have a couple of recipes to pass off to you, if you like. Things that he should be able to handle well enough with just one hand. I know he likes my spicy beef vegetable soup (a great low budget crock pot recipe!) and I think you'll enjoy it lots too. When I get home from work, I'll pass that along at the very least. :)