Only 5 ingredients and on your table in less than 15 minutes!
Have you ever thought about how our culture is built around food and the enjoyment of it with others? At your very 1st birthday party, friends and family come to celebrate you by having cake and ice cream. When you invited your friends over for sleepovers, you would crowd around the oven waiting for the pizza rolls to be done so you could sit around and snack and talk about boys. At weddings, oftentimes the main expense comes from the food provided for all the guests, solely for the purpose of sharing a meal with the bride and groom in honor of their marriage. When we invite people to our house or we are invited somewhere, it’s a rare occasion if there isn’t food involved, or at least a couple of snacks to enjoy together. Food is a major part of how we do life!
Over the last couple of years, I’ve fallen in love with the community aspect of food. There’s nothing that brings together a group of people, whether you already know each other or not, like sitting down and sharing a good meal together. It doesn’t have to be fancy and it doesn’t have to be elaborate, it just has to be…
For my friends who don’t like to host because you feel inadequate in your cooking skills or you don’t have the proper dish-ware, or you wouldn’t even know how to begin with planning a menu, I get that! Order pizza! Run to Trader Joe’s and buy some pre-made meals (the orange chicken is fabulous btw)! Or, if you feel like you’re swamped for time, plan a super simple meal that won’t take you longer than 30 minutes after getting home from work. The point is, if you want to make some new friends or deepen relationships with existing ones, nothing will accomplish those goals like inviting people into your home and eating a meal together.
This rice is a great option for you if you’re not too sure about the whole cooking thing yet, but you wanna give hosting a try! I made mine in the pressure cooker, which I highly recommend doing, but you can make it on the stovetop as well (it’ll just take a little bit longer). Everything is cooked in the same pot, and you can have it on your table in less than 15 minutes from start to finish! So, how about inviting someone over this week for dinner? How about making this Spanish Rice and these Black Bean Sweet Potato Quesadillas? If you do, I promise your friends will want to make this a weekly event!
- In pressure cooker, saute onion and green pepper in olive oil until starting to soften, about 2 minutes.
- Add in rice and saute for 2 minutes until rice starts to become opaque.
- Add salsa, water, salt, and pepper. Stir then lock lid and set to high pressure for 5 minutes.
- Do a natural release for 5 min followed by a quick release for any remaining pressure.
- Serve warm!
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 10 mins