Hearty Fiesta Rice

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My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.

Total Time 45 minutes

Here’s a quick and easy recipe I made for my Secret Shopper Prank recently at Kroger Grocery Store.  It’s relatively inexpensive and hearty, with a Tex-Mex flair.  This is a great family dinner, a potluck or fight night. And of course, it freezes well for meal prep.

Here’s the grocery list to make it easier!



  • Deli
    • 1 1/2 lb fresh chicken breast
      • substitution: Simple Truth extra firm tofu
  • Dairy
    • Small carton goat cheese crumble (optional)
  • Grains/Rice/Legumes
    • 1 bag (16oz) brown rice (I used sprouted short grain)
  • Produce
    • 1 bag 11.5oz frozen PictSweet Farms Steam’ables Bold Fiesta Protein
    • 1 bag 10oz frozen PictSweet Farms Steam’ables Mixed Vegetables
    • 1 small red onion
    • 1 garlic (or jar minced garlic)
    • 1 fresh cilantro bundle
    • 1 small carton fresh pico de gallo to mix with mashed avocado (optional)
    • 3 ripe avocados (optional)
    • 5 small limes (optional)
  • Seasonings
    • Chili powder
    • Cumin powder
    • Sea salt
    • Ground pepper
  • Sauces/Condiments/Oil
    • 1 bottle extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 can spray extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 carton (32oz) chicken or veggie stock, no salt added
    • 1 can (15oz) tomato sauce, no salt added

Hearty Fiesta Rice


Ingredients for 8 servings:

  • 1 ½ lb raw chicken breast, small chunks
    • Substitution: extra tofu chunks
  • spray extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced
  • Seasonings:
    • 1 ½ tablespoon chili powder
    • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 ½ cup (short grain) brown rice
  • 3 cups chicken or veggie stock, no salt added
  • 1 cup tomato sauce (no salt added)
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 bag PictSweet Farms Bold Fiesta Protein
  • 1 bag PictSweet Farms Mixed Vegetables
  • 1/2 cup chicken or veggie stock (if needed if too dry)
  • Garnish (optional):
    • fresh chopped cilantro to taste
    • fresh avocado mash (or guacamole)
    • goat cheese crumble
    • fresh lime
  1. Chop chicken breast into small pieces and pat the pieces dry with a paper towel.
  2. Spray a (nonstick) skillet with olive oil and set it on medium heat. When the skillet is hot, add the chicken pieces.  Sear for 3 to 5 minutes until the outside of the chicken is brown (note: it is ok if the chicken is not fully cooked).  Remove the pieces from the skillet and set aside.
  3. Using the same skillet, add olive oil, garlic and red onion. Sauté on low-medium heat for 3 minutes, until the red onion begins to caramelize. Add the seasonings and stir for another minute, then add the uncooked rice.  Mix the rice with oil and seasonings, ensuring every grain of rice is covered, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add stock, tomato sauce and the pieces of chicken. Mix together and bring to a simmer, then cover and cook for at least 25 minutes, until the rice is completely cooked.  If needed, add tablespoons of stock or water if needed.
  5. Once the rice is cooked, add the frozen Bold Fiesta mix and vegetables. Fold everything together, and if more liquid is needed, simply add tablespoons of stock or water (but not too much).  The mixture should be somewhat thick, like enchilada sauce.
  6. Add freshly chopped cilantro and top with goat cheese crumble and fresh avocado mash (or guacamole). Enjoy!

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