RE: Quick Mexican
Here's a trick I use for quick red Mexican rice. A company named Goya makes some stuff called "Sofrito" they sell in jars at many places that carry Mexican groceries. Actually, the term "sofrito" is generic and refers to a sauteed mixture of veggies used in many rice dishes in not only Mexican, but also Italian and Spanish cuisines. But Goya's version in a jar contains tomato, onions, celery and peppers--all the stuff you want in your red rice. So, I usually just saute' a little extra chopped onion and carrot (if I have it) in a pan. After a few minutes I add about 2 tbsp of the Sofrito, then about a cup of rice. Saute' a bit more, add about 2 cups water (or you could use chicken broth), lower the heat very low and clap on the lid for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, turn off the heat but leave the lid on for another 15 minutes or so. Serve.