Now here's the thing, I'm not a tomato fan, actually you could say that I really dislike them. I will often pick them out of my salad or hamburger, though I do eat them in sauces, jams etc. Go figure!!!
This rice is delicious and makes a great side dish, it's also a great way to serve rice instead of just the usual plain way.
ARROZ DE TOMATE - TOMATO RICE
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup vegetable oil
4 plum tomatoes, peeled and seeded
1 teaspoon salt
1 bay leaf
1 cup white rice
Place the chopped onion and the minced garlic in a skillet with the peanut oil over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is transparent. Add the tomatoes, salt and the bay leaf. Simmer 5 minutes or until the tomatoes are almost puréed.
Stir in the 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Add the rice; stir; cover, and cook for 20 minutes or until all the water is absorbed.
Optional: I also like adding some spinach leaves to it, it adds some color and is really tasty too.