Throw out the packaged Mexican rice that’s filled with preservatives! You can now enjoy delicious, homemade rice recipes that are made with all-natural ingredients! These 12 quick and easy recipes make for a simple weeknight dinner and will satisfy your cravings for comfort food.

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1. Chile-Rubbed Tofu and Onions Over Spanish Rice

Chile-Rubbed Tofu and Onions Over Spanish Rice

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This recipe is for quick Spanish rice that works as a side dish for a flavor-packed entree. Since the tofu has so much flavor, the rice just needs to be tasty. It shouldn’t compete with the tofu for top billing. Rhea Parson’s Chile-Rubbed Tofu and Onions Over Spanish Rice is a delicious meal. It’s got rice, it’s got spice. It’s vegan and gluten-free. It’s perfect. Enjoy!

2. Spanish Cauliflower Rice

Spanish Cauliflower Rice

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Cauliflower is perhaps one of the most versatile vegetables. You can roast it, make a pizza, make a sauce, make wings, and make bites of all other varieties. Best of all, you can make cauliflower rice, which is a million more times filling than the standard rice as it packs more fiber, and more nutrients to boot! This Spanish Cauliflower Rice dish by Gabrielle St. Claire is packed with flavor, heat, and the refreshing bite of lime and cilantro.

3. Simple Mexican Rice

Simple Mexican Rice

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Throw out the packaged Mexican rice that’s filled with preservatives! You can now have a delicious, homemade Simple Mexican Rice that’s made with all-natural ingredients! It’s quick and easy to prepare and makes the perfect side dish for Mexican night. With just the right amount of spiciness and ample Mexican flavors, this gluten-free, vegan, clean-eating, and guilt-free rice by Sabrina Estafo will be your new go-to!

4. Mexican Fiesta Cauliflower Rice

Mexican Fiesta Cauliflower Rice

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Recently, cauliflower rice has exploded in popularity and it’s no surprise why. Riced cauliflower is a delicious alternative for those looking to cut back on grains or even for those who want to get a little more creative with their veggies. Try this easy five-ingredients, two-step Mexican Fiesta Cauliflower Rice recipe by Florian Nouh that puts a flavorful spin on this veggie trend! Topped with black beans, it will keep you full! This Mexican cauliflower rice recipe is fantastic!

5. One-Pot Mexican Lentils and Rice

One-Pot Mexican Lentils and Rice

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This One-Pot Mexican Lentils and Rice recipe by Patrick Calhoun is an easy way to make a delicious Lentils and Rice dish. You can go easy on the chipotle if you want a milder version!

6. Veggie Paella

Veggie Paella

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This Veggie Paella by Rachel Phipps has got lots of tasty veggies, and some smoky paprika and, while it is different from what you’ll find on the streets of Spain, it is something you can achieve in under an hour on a busy weeknight. The leftovers are also delicious cold if you’re into that sort of thing.

7. Vegetable Paella

Vegetable Paella

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For those of you that have not had the pleasure of immersing yourself inside a large bowl of paella at least once in your life, you are about to have your world turn upside down. This Vegetable Paella recipe by Rita Marie is a crowd pleaser!

8. Mexican Rice Soup

Mexican Rice Soup

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No cholesterol, low-fat, high in fiber, high potassium, keeps you full and is so simple dinner time stress is greatly reduced. Sounds like this Mexican Rice Soup recipe by Wholesome LLC is a winner all around!

9. Spanish Style Nourish Bowl with Cheese Sauce

Spanish Style Nourish Bowl with Cheese Sauce

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This quick-to-make Spanish Style Nourish Bowl with Cheese Sauce by Zuzana Fajkusova and Nikki Lefler is packed full of raw and cooked veggies, and plant-based protein, and drizzled with delicious homemade vegan ‘cheese’ sauce. It makes for a simple weeknight dinner and will satisfy your cravings for comfort food.

10. Autumn Mushroom and Squash Paella

Autumn Mushroom and Squash Paella

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Who knew traditional Spanish flavors and fall squash could meld so beautifully together?! This Autumn Mushroom and Squash Paella has all of your fall favorites – Delicata squash, button mushrooms, cauliflower, pumpkin seeds – seasoned with diced tomatoes, yellow onions, paprika, and saffron for a dish that is bursting with Spanish flair. This paella by Liz Martone is perfect for bringing to a potluck or batch cooking for a week of healthy meals.

11. Horchata

Horchata

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Learn how to make a dairy-free Horchata recipe by Mitch and Justine Chapman that’s sweet and infused with spice. This authentic Mexican drink is made with simple ingredients like rice, almond milk, and cinnamon that will keep you coming back for more!

12. Mexican Horchata: Rice and Almond Drink

Mexican Horchata: Rice and Almond Drink

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Horchata is one of Mexico’s most common agua frescas and this easy-to-make Mexican Horchata: Rice and Almond Drink recipe by Patrick Calhoun is perfect if you’re new to this rice-flavored drink.

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