If you follow Dave Ramsey, you’ll often hear him say “nothing, but rice and beans, beans and rice until you clean up this mess”. I laugh each time I hear him say it, because it’s so true, rice and beans are cheap go to ingredients that satisfy. I’m here to show you that rice and beans can be great on your wallet and you still won’t feel neglected. Take for instance this white rice and corn recipe (also known as arroz con maiz) that can be paired easily with a sunny side up egg and a few slices of avocado for a balanced lunch or dinner.
For this recipe, it’s really simple. We’re throwing in freshly rinsed rice and water into a large pot over high heat (for now).
Have you ever tried the spoon method? The method where the spoon stands tall if there’s enough rice to water? (I fail it each time haha! I’m blaming the spoon.)
Next we’re adding in a cup of corn. I used frozen, but you can use fresh or canned (drain first).
This step is optional, I recently fell in love with the “Better Than Bouillon” brand of broth base, and I used the vegetable kind, just a teaspoon goes a long way, but you can use a bullion cube if desired. Make sure to mix it in well.
After that we’re adding in our seasonings and freshly chopped cilantro. Now comes to fun part, we’re going to bring it all to a soft boil, and let it boil until most of the water becomes evaporated. Be sure to stir often.
You’ll see that little pockets start appearing in the pot. This is what you want, not all the water completely gone, but just like this. My mom likes to add wax paper as an extra layer of sealing to her pot before topping it with a tight-fitting lid, but it’s optional. Be sure to top your pot containing the white rice and corn with a tight-fitting lid. Turn your heat to low (about a 3 out of 10) for 22-25 minutes, without lifting the lid. Once your timer comes off, turn off the heat and let your rice sit for five minutes before gently “fluffing” it.
There we have it, arroz con maiz -white rice with corn. Simple, tasty, and budget friendly. Let me know what other recipes you want to see in the comments, until next time, buen provecho!
Arroz Con Maiz| White Rice with Corn
2 cups of white rice, rinsed
2 1/2 cups of water
1 teaspoon of better than bouillon vegetable paste or 1 cube of chicken bouillon
2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons of oil
1 cup of corn
salt and pepper to taste
In a large pot add in ingredients and bring to a boil, stirring often. Once water begins to boil, and most water has begun to evaporate, cover with a tight-fitting lid and lower heat to low and cook for 20-25 minutes, or until rice is tender.
- 2 cups of white rice, rinsed
- 2½ cups of water
- 1 teaspoon of better than bouillon vegetable paste or 1 cube of chicken bouillon
- 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro
- 2 tablespoons of oil
- 1 cup of corn
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a large pot add in ingredients and bring to a boil, stirring often. Once water begins to boil, and most water has begun to evaporate, cover with a tight-fitting lid and lower heat to low and cook for 20-25 minutes, or until rice is tender.