Bummed out that I couldn't make banana cupcakes today (because I found out at the last minute that we don't have baking cups), I settled for making dinner.
1/2 (16oz) package of mixed vegetables
3-4 garlic cloves
1 medium onion
1 (6oz) can of tomato paste
1 teaspoon of butter
1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
1/4 teaspoon of hot red pepper
1 teaspoon of salt
2 bay leaves
2 cups of Uncle Ben's long grain white rice
Pour 1/2 of the package of mixed vegetables into a large saucepan. Add all spices, oil, and butter and sauté for 10 minutes.
Then add tomato paste and cover with vegetables with water. Bring to a boil, and then cook on low heat for 20 minutes.
When the sauce is done cooking, pour most of it into a medium saucepan(try to get most of the vegetables out). Add 4 cups of water to the remaining sauce. Add ½ teaspoon of salt; when the water boils, add the rice. Stir for 5 minutes, then cook for 20 minutes.