It has been quite a while since I’ve been able to make my way over to this little corner of the internet. Between holidays, SO MUCH TRAVEL, and less than satisfactory weather in Kansas (meaning dark and stormy every day) ((meaning photography = no no)), I have definitely had some issues bringing you three posts a week.
But we had sunny weather this past weekend, and I was able to make and photograph several different dishes, so I’ve got some good ones comin’ your way ?. This mouth watering casserole is one of them. Who knew brown rice could be so comforting?? I definitely didn’t. But I’ll tell you something right now…add some cheese, rotel, tomato paste, refried beans, and Mexican seasoning to a a big bowl of brown rice, and you have one AMAZING meal/side dish/breakfast/snack/dessert…catch my drift?
This casserole = lyfe.
It’s just…it’s just…tears…so good.
It’s comfort food to the max. Except it has Mexican flavors (which makes it better), and it’s made with healthy, wonderful brown rice (which makes it WAY better). Score. Win. Touchdown. Mexican Rice Casserole – 1, All Other Food – 0.
I just love it. But that’s pretty obvious, right? You will love it too…promise.
Unless you are an unhappy person who hates delicious things. In that case you might not like it.
So how has your life been in the seven years since we’ve spoken? And by “spoken” I mean when I rant on here for an hour and you sometimes comment below.
Anything interesting happen with you?
If I’m filling you in on my life, I would obviously just talk about Boone. Because…well…Boone. You all know I’m obsessed in a totally non-socially-acceptable way. You know those people who hate people who treat their dog like one of their children? Because they actually have children? They would hate me. Because I am totally one of those people.
Prime example. Guess what I started doing with Boone today? Taking him to Doggie Daycare. Yes. Daycare…for dogs. BUT IT’S SO COOL.
Before you judge me and say “He’s an animal…” just hear me out. Picture a really big dog (Boone) who is super high energy (Boone) and is stuck inside alllllll day while I am teaching English to all my wonderful students (Boone). Now picture being able to drop him off on your way to work at an amazing place where he literally is out playing with other super friendly dogs all day. Seriously all day. They crate the dogs for an hour at lunch time so they can relax for a little bit, and that’s their ONLY non play time.
Doesn’t that sound amazing?? I took him there for two hours on Saturday for a “temperament check,” and he was exhausted for the rest of the day. My life is going to be so easy now. He will be such a happy, relaxed dog. Just like he used to be when I worked from home and had time to play fetch with him several times a day at the dog park.
I’m not going to lie to you…I’m pretty excited about it. Even though I totally realize that taking your animal to “Daycare” puts you on the that-lady-is-a-little-too-obsessed-with-her-dog list. But that’s okay. Totally worth it.
So…to sum things up. I missed you all. This rice casserole is BOSS. Boone will now be tired and happy every day. The end.
See you in a few days!Print
Cheesy Mexican Rice Casserole
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 30 mins
- Total Time: 40 mins
- Yield: 10 servings 1x
- 6 cups cooked brown rice (I used the quick “Boil in a Bag” kind to speed things up)
- 1/2 cup fat free refried beans
- 1 can rotel tomatoes (original)
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese, plus a little more for topping
- 2 tablespoons Mexican seasoning (recipe below)
- Recipe for Mexican seasoning: (makes 3 1/2 tablespoons)
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Cook your brown rice; set aside in a large bowl
- Into the brown rice, add the tomato paste, Mexican seasoning, rotel, cheese, and refried beans
- Stir everything together until completely combined
- Season to taste with salt – you will need a pretty decent amount because none is added before this point! Don’t be afraid of it.
- Spread into an oval baking dish (a 9×13 baking dish will also work)
- Top with more Mexican cheese
- Bake for 15 minutes
- Top with chopped cilantro (optional)
*This recipe is gluten free*
If you make this or any of my other recipes, be sure to Instagram it and hashtag #thegarlicdiaries!
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