Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Quick Meals for Working Moms - Penzey's Taco Rice

Taco Rice
Local, grass-fed beef served over organic brown rice, topped with shredded lettuce, sour cream, chunky salsa and shredded raw cheddar cheese 

I was so excited to find out a Penzey's spice shop had opened in Raleigh's Cameron Village.  I had seen the quality of their spices praised on many a blog, as well as their affordable prices.  I'm like a kid in a candy shop at Penzey's!  So many new and wonderful spices and blends to try.  And it doesn't hurt the store is within easy walking distance of the yummy Cafe Blue cupcakes from Cafe Carolina & Bakery :)

Aside from having great coupons for FREE goodies, the Penzey's catalog (can be requested on-line here) has recipes submitted from customers.  Browsing through my summer catalog, I found this great recipe for a quick and easy Mexican inspired meal.  Perfect for a weeknight dinner after work!

Taco Rice Recipe
submitted by Jamie Kiefer
from Penzey's Summer 2011 catalog

Brown 1lb ground beef or ground turkey over medium heat.  After draining the meat, add 4 tablespoons of Penzey's Bold Taco Seasoning.  Add 3/4 cup of water to the pan, reduce heat and simmer for 8 - 10 minutes until most of the water has cooked away.  While the meat is cooking, add 1 tablespoon of Penzey's Salsa Salad Seasoning to a bowl of salsa (I used Trader Joe's chunky salsa).  Let the salsa sit while the meat is cooking.  

Serve the meat over cooked brown rice and top with taco fixings of your choosing.  We topped ours with shredded lettuce, sour cream, the chunky salsa with added seasoning and shredded raw cheddar cheese.  I also served organic tortilla chips and homemade guacamole on the side.  Delicious! 

Spicy goodies from my most recent trip to Penzey's.  The large bottle of Northwoods Seasoning was FREE with coupon from the Penzey's catalog. 

Mary Ellen

1 comment:

  1. Looks like you had a good time and have come home with lots of useful goodies! Spices are always needed in the kitchen, and I see them as necessaty not an indulgence. Well done on finding that new shop that can provide you with all the bits you need. And the meal looks great, too.