Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is NOT a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"Luck is like having a rice dumpling fly into your mouth." -Japanese Proverb

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This recipe is based on Rice-A-Roni Spanish Rice. Those products not only taste terrible but are terrible for you.

The argument is always that these products are easier, cheaper and take less time than making your own. As with our analysis of Hamburger Helper, this is simply not true. This takes about the same amount of time, tastes better, is cheaper, and is much better for you, with fewer calories, less salt, and more fiber. To make it even more Spanish, add a few coarsely diced black olives toward the end of cooking.


Spanish Rice (Rice-A-Roni)

Servings: 4 | Serving size: about 1 1/2 cups

Cooking Time: 60 Minutes

This recipe can easily be multiplied or divided by 2 and makes good leftovers.

Dr. Gourmet's Spanish Rice, Rice-A-Roni style


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion (finely diced)
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 15-ounce can no salt added diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 1/2 cups water

Place a large skillet over medium high heat.

Add the oil and when it is hot add the onion.

Cook for about 5 minutes. Stir frequently.

Add the brown rice, paprika, chili powder and cumin. Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the tomatoes, salt, and water.

Reduce the heat until the rice is simmering and cook for about 40 minutes until the rice is tender.


Nutrition Facts

Serving size: about 1 1/2 cups

Servings: 4

Amount Per Serving

Calories 233 Calories from Fat 34
% Daily Value
Total Fat 3g 6%
    Saturated Fat <1g 2%
    Monounsaturated Fat 2g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 307mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 45g 15%
    Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
    Sugars 4g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A 9% Vitamin C 21%
Calcium 7% Iron 12%
Vitamin K 4 mcg Potassium 399 mg
Magnesium 86 mg