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Menu Monday – and Quick Mexican Rice!

Last week I needed a side dish to go with our tacos, so I reached into the fridge for the container of leftover Uncle Ben’s chicken rice. After quickly adding a few more ingredients I had on hand, I ended up with a tasty side dish. You can make this with a fresh batch of chicken rice too, no worries!

I cannot stand for anything to be wasted. Not money, not time, and definitely not food! I think my Gramma Cunningham’s Depression-era ways were infused into my DNA, causing me pain every time I throw away leftover food. I’m always looking for ways to incorporate leftovers into other dishes. Here’s my quick and easy recipe for Mexican rice using leftovers.

Quick and Easy Mexican Rice Come Home For Comfort

Mexican Rice

  • Uncle Ben’s Chicken Rice (cooked)
  • Chopped Green Pepper
  • Chopped Yellow Onion
  • 1 can diced tomatoes – can use tomato sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped tomatoes, avocado, sour cream and shredded cheese for serving

Saute’ pepper and onion in oil or 1 tablespoon butter until tender. Add rice, tomatoes and seasonings. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer on low for 5 minutes. Serve with your favorite toppings!

Add in some shredded chicken or leftover taco meat, and you have a main dish!

On The Menu


  • Banana Bread
  • Toast with Peanut Butter
  • Eggs Over Easy with Bacon and Toast


  • Bacon, Tomato and Avocado Sandwiches
  • Leftovers


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In the interest of full disclosure – I share my menu posts the week after it actually happens. I plan my menus on Monday, so it just works better this way!

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10 thoughts on “Menu Monday – and Quick Mexican Rice!

  1. I love the fact that you felt the need to expose your blogging secret. I absolutely love re-purposed leftovers. It makes me feel so crafty, and saves so much time compared to cooking everything from scratch.

    Your rice sounds great. Have a wonderful week


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