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Thursday, January 28, 2010

One dish meals

Here are two easy skillet meals to make on those busy nights. Spanish rice can be a vegetarian main dish or brown some ground beef and leave it in the pan while you proceed with the other steps. Mexican potato frittata will take a separate bowl to mix the eggs and you'll need to cut the potatoes...but the total hands on prep time is only about 5 minutes, with about 15-20 to cook. These are great go-to meals for busy weeknights.

Spanish Rice

1 cup rice
3 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. cumin
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 cups water
1/4 cup onion
1/4 cup bell pepper
15 oz diced tomatoes, canned or fresh, with juice


Using a skillet, melt the butter on medium heat.
Add rice and saute until golden brown.
Add remaining ingredients.
Bring to a boil, stirring only once.
Cover and reduce heat to low simmer.
Allow to simmer for approximately 20 minutes or until rice is tender. Do not stir.
Fluff with a fork and serve.

Mexican Potato Fritatta

1 tsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. butter
12 oz red potatoes cut into 1/2 inch cubes
6 large eggs
1 cup salsa
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Sour cream (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 425. In a 10-12 inch skillet with oven safe handle (or you can cover your handle with foil), heat oil and butter over medium high heat. Add potatoes and cook, covered, until potatoes are tender and golden brown, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, beat eggs with 1/4 cup salsa, salt and pepper. Stir in cheese.
3. Stir egg mixture into potatoes in skillet and cook over medium heat, covered, 3 minutes or until egg mixture begins to set around the edge. Remove cover and place skillet in the oven; bake 4 to 6 minutes, until frittata is set.
4. To serve, transfer frittata from skillet to cutting board. Cut into wedges and top with salsa and sour cream.
Makes 4 main dish servings.

If you need more easy, one dish recipes, head over to Kitchen Stewardship for a list of ideas.


  1. The Spanish Rice is delicious!

  2. Thanks, we had it last night for dinner and I agree!
    Remember that you'll need extra cook time if you use brown rice. It took about 45 minutes for it to soften.

  3. These both look like great options for the husband-and-kid crowd. I feel badly - I didn't realize your link was bad until tonight, so you probably missed out on a lot of clicks from the carnival. :( I fixed it, but I won't always have time/be able to find the correct recipe. Make sure that the permalink is what shows up when you click on the title of your post. That's the only way for someone to get right to it.

    Thanks for joining!
    :) Katie

  4. oops, thanks for fixing that for me Katie!

  5. This Mexican Potato frittata is fantastic! I've made it several times and it is my current fave frittata. Thanks so much for posting this!!