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Hamilton Beach Rice Cooker Mexican Rice Recipe Plus a Giveaway

by Jennifer Wieland
Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker in Stainless Steel - Slow Cooker Mexican Rice Recipe
Thank you to Hamilton Beach for sponsoring today’s post! All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

 

Just a handful of weeks ago I couldn’t wait for the kids to be back in school! I had been counting down the days until I had some peace and quiet around the house to get work done and to just have some quiet me time. Now though activities are kicking in as well as homework for the kids and the tons of travel I have done in the last five weeks with the family (Hello, three out of five weeks of living in close quarters.) and I just have been struggling to get back into the school year routine. That means I have been on the hunt to find things to make dinner time easier on me because scrambling for a good breakfast, ordering in or picking up carry out is just cutting way to into the budget and causing too much stress. As a Hamilton Beach ambassador I was so happy to receive the Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker in stainless steel. It’s been a lifesaver for breakfast and dinner! One of the favorite things I’ve been making is my Rice Cooker Mexican Rice recipe.

Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker in Stainless Steel

Prior to this I have never owned a rice cooker but I had been looking to buy one. I had no idea what I had been missing out on!  The Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker is so unbelievably versatile a good rice cooker could be. The Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker allows me to have hot cereals ready for breakfast when the family gets up. I’m also able to make a variety of rice, pasta and grains. What truly sets this rice cooker apart though is that it comes with a steamer basket. So while your cooking your rice, pasta or grains you can also steam vegetables, seafood and chicken. To take this rice and hot cereal cooker to the next level Hamilton Beach made sure to include both a delay start and warmer feature.

Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker in Stainless Steel

The Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker frees up time for you. The rice cooker does all of the work for you to make meals a hit all while freeing you up to be able to pack lunches in the morning, help with homework after school or run kids around to activities and sports.

Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker in Stainless Steel - Slow Cooker Mexican Rice Recipe

My family loves Mexican food! We have it 1-2 times a week usually and one of my favorite sides to go with it is Mexican rice.

Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker in Stainless Steel - Slow Cooker Mexican Rice Recipe

It’s flavorful and packed with colorful veggies that add some extra nutrition for the family. It also makes a phenomenal base for rice bowls.

Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker in Stainless Steel - Slow Cooker Mexican Rice Recipe

Slow Cooker Mexican Rice
Serves 6
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414 calories
85 g
4 g
2 g
11 g
1 g
304 g
614 g
5 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
304g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 414
Calories from Fat 22
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
4%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 4mg
1%
Sodium 614mg
26%
Total Carbohydrates 85g
28%
Dietary Fiber 3g
11%
Sugars 5g
Protein 11g
Vitamin A
45%
Vitamin C
68%
Calcium
5%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 3 c. of long grain white rice
  2. 3 - 4 c. chicken stock or broth
  3. 1/2 tsp. pepper
  4. 1 tsp. salt
  5. 1 tbsp. garlic paste
  6. 3/4 c. red bell pepper. diced
  7. 3/4 c. green bell pepper, diced
  8. 1/2 c. celery, diced
  9. 1/2 c. carrot, diced
  10. 1/2 c. Spanish onion, diced
  11. 1 tbsp. finely chopped cilantro
Instructions
  1. Rinse and drain your measured rice in the rice strainer/steamer basket.
  2. Pour rice into the pot of the rice cooker.
  3. Pour in enough chicken broth/stock to reach the mark for 3 cups of liquid.
  4. Stir in the pepper, salt and garlic paste.
  5. In the steamer basket of your rice cooker place all of the veggies and place over the rice pot.
  6. Close the lid of the rice cooker and turn the rice cooker on and press the white rice button.
  7. Allow the rice to cook through the white rice cycle.
  8. Once done pour the veggies from the steam basket into the rice pot and stir together.
  9. transfer the Mexican rice to a serving bowl and sprinkle the cilantro on top and serve.
Notes
  1. If you can't find a Spanish onion use a yellow onion instead.
  2. If you do not have garlic paste on hand use minced or pressed garlic.
  3. If you would like to substitute brown rice you can. Just use the brown rice settings and adjust liquid if needed according to your manual.
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fat
2g
protein
11g
carbs
85g
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Mediterranean Chicken and Potatoes

by Jennifer Wieland
Mediterranean Chicken and Potatoes is the perfect meal for a family dinner or for feeding a crowd.

My absolute favorite meat to eat is chicken so even when trying to cook for a crowd I often skip the usual standards of turkey, ham or a pricey beef dish. Instead I opt for chicken and wow people with flavor. My family’s absolute favorite chicken dish I make is Mediterranean Chicken and Potatoes. It’s a great, hearty meal that will have your whole house smelling ah-mazing and the whole family drooling before the meal is even served. That’s one of the reasons I love serving this to guests. When they walk in the door they are greeted by a yummy aroma and know they are about to be served up a delicious meal that will make them think you worked super hard and spent a ton of money when in reality that couldn’t be further from the truth.

This is a dish that is easy to prepare and doesn’t keep you chained to the stove. Meaning, you put it in the oven and only need to go back a couple of times to add the chicken and check to see when it’s done. This allows you to work on preparing the rest of the edibles, doing any last-minute cleaning and getting yourself ready. While this dish may seem simple it is extremely flavorful with juicy, fork tender chicken and caramelized potatoes. You will definitely please even the pickiest of eaters. Honestly, the carmelized potatoes in this dish are one of my favorite foods to eat. The main recipe will serve 4-5 people but can easily be doubled or tripled for larger groups. I would make a bit extra though as this one will definitely have people asking for seconds and you will want to have some leftovers for lunch the next day.

Mediterranean Chicken and Potatoes is the perfect meal for a family dinner or for feeding a crowd.

Mediterranean Chicken and Potatoes
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3578 calories
258 g
771 g
142 g
312 g
25 g
2751 g
4310 g
13 g
0 g
109 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
2751g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3578
Calories from Fat 1262
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 142g
219%
Saturated Fat 25g
123%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 19g
Monounsaturated Fat 90g
Cholesterol 771mg
257%
Sodium 4310mg
180%
Total Carbohydrates 258g
86%
Dietary Fiber 36g
144%
Sugars 13g
Protein 312g
Vitamin A
7%
Vitamin C
530%
Calcium
44%
Iron
132%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 lemon
  2. 1 ½ – 2 lbs. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  3. 1 tbsp oregano
  4. 1 ½ tsp. season salt
  5. ½ tsp. black pepper
  6. 1 ½ tsp. Italian seasoning
  7. 1 tsp onion powder
  8. 1 tsp garlic powder
  9. 6-7 yukon gold medium sized potatoes
  10. ½ c. water
  11. ½ c. olive oil
  12. ½ c. water
Instructions
  1. Juice one lemon into a bowl and set aside. Combine all of the seasonings in a bowl and set aside. Trim the chicken if needed and then place in a bowl. Add half of the lemon juice and seasoning mix. Massage into chicken and then place the bowl into the refrigerator.
  2. Cut the potatoes into quarters lengthwise and place in a 9x13 baking dish. Combine the olive oil, water, remaining lemon juice and seasoning mix and then poor over the potatoes. Stir together to thoroughly coat the potatoes.
  3. Place pan into cold oven and turn the heat to 475°. Bake potatoes for 30-40 minutes. Give the potatoes a stir and push the potatoes to the sides of the pan to make room for the chicken in the center. Add another ½ c. water to the pan.
  4. Add the chicken to the pan, making sure the top side of the chicken breasts are down. Return pan to oven and roast chicken until the side facing down is golden brown, 30-45 minutes depending on the size of the chicken breasts. Then turn the chicken over, turn the potatoes and turn off the even. Let the pan rest in the hot oven for another 15 minutes.
  5. Remove the pan from the oven and plate up the food on a serving platter. Pour pan juices over the the top and cover and let rest for a few minutes before serving.
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calories
3578
fat
142g
protein
312g
carbs
258g
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Mexican Corn Salad

by Jennifer Wieland
Mexican Corn Salad - Elotes

Growing up in Chicago and being part of a Mexican family meant that I spent time in the Pilsen neighborhood, which is a predominantly Hispanic part of the city. Usually we were there to visit my great-aunt who would always have the best tamales ready to feed us with. While there my parents would hit the Mexican bakery across the street to buy a bunch of Conchas (Mexican sweet bread) for us to take home with us. Us kids, we would beg and plead for my parents to let us stop at one of the little bicycle carts that roamed the neighborhood selling everything from tamales, to paletas (Mexican popsicles), to elotes (Mexican corn on the cob). Since my auntie would fill us up with tamales we would usually end up with paletas if I got to pick or elotes if my sister did. My brother being younger just had no say.

Now though, I am older and I can make my own tamales and my auntie has moved to a different neighborhood so I rarely head into the Pilsen neighborhood anymore but when I do I still see the carts there and it reminds me of my childhood. Same thing happens for my sister but with her it’s funny because she loves Elotes so much that I have seen her head there while pregnant just to find a cart and buy some because a craving struck her. It has happened with every pregnancy I think and since she is pregnant right now I decided to make her some Mexican corn but with a twist. I made it into a Mexican corn salad and let me tell you it was so ridiculously good and one of the favorite foods served at our family Memorial Day BBQ. Now, if you have never had elotes then good God, it is a must try!

Mexican Corn Salad - Elotes

Mexican Corn Salad
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2109 calories
172 g
294 g
159 g
31 g
71 g
1020 g
1796 g
33 g
4 g
78 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1020g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2109
Calories from Fat 1397
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 159g
244%
Saturated Fat 71g
356%
Trans Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 39g
Monounsaturated Fat 39g
Cholesterol 294mg
98%
Sodium 1796mg
75%
Total Carbohydrates 172g
57%
Dietary Fiber 23g
91%
Sugars 33g
Protein 31g
Vitamin A
360%
Vitamin C
215%
Calcium
25%
Iron
32%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 tbsp. + 7 tbsp. salted butter, melted
  2. 24 oz. frozen sweet corn
  3. 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  4. 1 carrot, diced
  5. 1/3 c. mayonnaise
  6. 1 tbsp. chopped cilantro
  7. 1/4 c. Cotija cheese
  8. juice of half a lime
  9. 1 tsp. paprika
Instructions
  1. In a large frying pan melt 1 tbsp. of butter over medium-high heat and then toss in the corn, bell pepper and carrots. Make sure to get it into an even layer. Let it cook until the corn is cooked through and the other veggies are softened a bit. Then give it a stir and flatten again. Now cook until it some of it starts to brown a bit. Remove pan from heat then and pour the veggies into a serving bowl. Pour the 7 tbsp. of melted butter over the veggies and stir. Add the mayonnaise and stir until all of the veggies are evenly coated. Stir in half the cheese, the cilantro and the lime juice. Top with the remaining cheese and sprinkle with the paprika.
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2109
fat
159g
protein
31g
carbs
172g
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Mariano’s Health Key System Makes Grocery Shopping Easy

by Jennifer Wieland
Mexican Rice and CHicken Tenders #shop

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client.

 

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 In this day and age of healthy eating and food allergies going to the grocery store can turn from an easy thing to a time consuming event marked with label reading and confusion on the part of the shopper. What items are organic? Which ones are gluten-free? Where are the heart healthy items? For many families, trying to navigate the grocery store can be a job in itself. Mariano’s health key system is changing all that though and makes grocery shopping easy for families like mine.

In my house we don’t have any food allergies luckily but there are many houses that do. We do though have one college student who is into healthy eating, a mom trying to lose weight and get in shape and two Autistic children who we try to feed as GMO free as possible. So what does that mean? It means that in the last couple of years we have been trying to get our food back to what people used to eat. We try to buy as much organic as we can. We like our meats to be grass-fed, free-range, antibiotic, hormone free. In fact, one of the reasons I started baking so much is to give the kids sweet treats without all the chemicals and preservatives. This upcoming year though I am hoping to take this all a step further. I want to start including gluten-free options, cut out more fried foods, add some vegetarian meals and swap out kiddie favorites with healthy alternatives. So I headed to Mariano’s to check out their health key system and make a kiddie meal that was similar to a favorite but a healthy option.

This was my first trip to Mariano’s. I have been wanting to go and check out the store but it’s not in my town and I have a 25 minute drive to get there. Since my neighborhood stores offer less than appealing healthy options though I am willing to drive for quality and it doesn’t hurt that the prices are great either. I found that using the health key system was a piece of cake. Shelves were clearly marked with the tags letting shoppers know which items were organic, gluten-free, heart healthy, etc. This takes the mystery out of what to buy and would be a great help for anyone who is changing their family diets or who may be having guests with specific food requirements. I have to say that shopping at Mariano’s was such a great experience. My kids want to go back with me next time and with the smoothie and gelato bars in the store this may be one grocery store that I can take them to without getting a headache.  Although, going by myself and enjoying a nice, quiet meal that’s still hot before shopping may be the ultimate mom treat for me. I did also register for a Mariano’s rewards card while I was there since I plan on making this my go to store now. It was quick and easy with the little computer kiosks to get it all registered.

Mariano's Collage #shop

As you can see the Health Key System makes it easy to find healthy foods for your family’s diet needs.

My kids are like most other kids. They like chicken tenders and french fries and I’m not going to lie… so do I. They are good but full of fat and grease and in some cases you wonder how much is really even chicken that you are eating or feeding your kids. I decided to make a flavorful, healthy alternative that would have them asking for seconds and me not feeling like a bad mother for feeding them junk. I made Mexican Rice and Chicken Tenders and they were a huge hit. This is definitely going to stay on our family menu and was so good even my pickiest eater ate and asked for more.

Mexican Rice and Chicken Tenders #shop

The chicken is flavorful without all the fat and grease from frying and the rice is a nice alternative to french fries. The rice also served nicely to slip the kids some veggies easily without any fighting, whining or complaining. This meal was even a hit with the adults. The rice is baked in the oven and the chicken can be grilled, baked or sauteed. This makes for an easy meal to prepare even on a busy weeknight. You can also dice the veggies ahead of time and keep in baggies until ready to use and you can make the marinade ahead of time and let the chicken soak up even more flavor.

Mexican Rice #shop

Mexican Rice
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1059 calories
202 g
22 g
10 g
35 g
3 g
1114 g
3440 g
19 g
0 g
7 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1114g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1059
Calories from Fat 91
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
16%
Saturated Fat 3g
14%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 22mg
7%
Sodium 3440mg
143%
Total Carbohydrates 202g
67%
Dietary Fiber 5g
19%
Sugars 19g
Protein 35g
Vitamin A
126%
Vitamin C
122%
Calcium
9%
Iron
24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 c. Spanish onion, diced (you can use yellow if you can't find it)
  2. 1/4 c. carrots, diced
  3. 1/4 c. celery, diced
  4. 1/3 c. red bell pepper, diced
  5. 1 c. converted rice
  6. 3 c. chicken stock
  7. 3 tsp. garlic paste
  8. 1 tsp. salt (optional)
  9. 1/2 tsp. pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and place the vegetables and rice into a 9x13" baking pan. Whisk together the chicken stock, garlic paste, salt and pepper. Pour the liquid over the rice and vegetables. Give it a stir and then cover tightly with foil or a lid. Bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes or until the stock is absorbed. Remove form oven and let sit covered for a couple of minutes. Remove cover and fluff rice with a fork, then serve.
Notes
  1. For this dish I used organic produce, including the garlic paste and organic chicken stock.
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fat
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protein
35g
carbs
202g
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Mexican Citrus Vinaigrette/Marinade
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1067 calories
15 g
0 g
114 g
2 g
16 g
247 g
1306 g
6 g
0 g
95 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
247g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1067
Calories from Fat 1008
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 114g
175%
Saturated Fat 16g
79%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 12g
Monounsaturated Fat 83g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 1306mg
54%
Total Carbohydrates 15g
5%
Dietary Fiber 3g
11%
Sugars 6g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
35%
Calcium
4%
Iron
9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 tsp. honey dijon mustard
  2. 2 tbsp. + 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  3. 1 tsp. sugar
  4. 1/2 tsp. salt
  5. 1/4 tsp. pepper
  6. 1 tsp. garlic paste
  7. 4 oz. olive oil
  8. 1 tsp. chopped cilantro
  9. juice of half an orange, lemon and lime
Instructions
  1. Whisk all of the ingredients together until combined. Use as a salad dressing or meat marinade.
Notes
  1. I marinated some chicken tenders in this for half an hour in a gallon sized baggie, in the refrigerator. I then cooked the chicken through on a grill pan. I spooned additional marinade on before serving.
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1067
fat
114g
protein
2g
carbs
15g
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