There are so many reasons to make this tomato-based rice dish. Number one, it’s quick and easy. It’s also cheap and (probably most importantly) it’s delicious!
Tips on Making Tomato Rice
Here are some tips on making the recipe to get you started.
Gather Ingredients Before Beginning
It seems like a no brainer, but gather your ingredients together before starting. Is anyone else guilty of starting to make a recipe and halfway through realizing that a key ingredient is not in your kitchen?
Use a Pair of Scissors to Cut the Bacon
A knife and chopping board works too, but I find it easier to snip it straight into the pan. This has the advantage of avoiding potential cross-contamination on the chopping board.
Avoid Getting Splashed with Hot Liquid
When adding the liquid ingredients (water, canned tomato etc.) be careful when mixing them in. There tends to be lots of little splashes and it’s easy to get burned. Long sleeves are also a good idea.
Use a Wooden Spoon
Use a wooden spoon to scrape any rice that sticks off the bottom of the skillet. I find that plastic utensils can melt a little and no one wants that in their food!
Cook Extra Rice the Day Before
To make this recipe even quicker to make, cook extra rice with your meal the day before. Or you could even make this recipe to use up leftover rice.
Notes on Ingredients
Ok, so bacon isn’t a wonder food that we should all eat a lot of because it’s so good for us BUT it does contain about 50% monounsaturated fats and oleic acid which is what olive oil is praised for. It also has saturated, polyunsaturated fats and a decent amount of cholesterol. When eaten in moderation it’s ok.
Onion and Bell Pepper
I love these vegetables because they are naturally sweet when cooked slowly. They’re low on the glycemic index which means they won’t spike your blood sugar.
Can of Tomatoes and Tomato Paste
These are usually pretty good value at the store. Just be careful they don’t have added sugar. Using sugar-free options is an easy way to keep sugar intake low without noticing the difference.
The rice is the trickiest part of this recipe to keep PCOS friendly. White rice will spike your blood sugar like nobody’s business so that is definitely one to avoid. I made this recipe with brown rice which is marginally better. Brown rice is 68 on the GI index versus 73 for white rice. Wild rice is about 57 so that would be an even better option. Just cook the rice according to the package directions and add to the skillet with the liquid ingredients.
Salt and Pepper
The bacon already has a lot of salt in it so that’s why I taste and season last. Fresh cracked black pepper tastes the best, but if you don’t have that go ahead and use whatever is at hand.
Quick and Easy Tomato Rice
- ½ lb thick sliced bacon, about 6 slices chopped into small pieces
- 1 cup onion chopped
- ½ cup red bell pepper chopped
- 16 oz can of tomatoes
- 6 oz can of tomato paste
- 4 cups cooked brown rice
- 2 cups water
- salt and pepper to taste
- ½ lb cooked chicken or cooked, peeled, deveined shrimp optional
- 1 tsp dried parsley to garnish
- Fry the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until brown, about 5 minutes. Add the onion and bell pepper. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Remove lid and add the canned tomatoes, tomato paste, brown rice and water. Mix well and bring to the boil.
- Reduce to a simmer, cover again and cook over low heat for about 15 minutes until the rice and liquid are totally mixed. Check occasionally to make sure it's not sticking to the pot. Add salt and pepper and adjust to taste. Sprinkle with parsley.
- If using chicken or shrimp, cook separately and add to the pot last. Make sure the additional meat is thoroughly heated before serving.