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No problem! Some quick background on the concept: I love to cook and realized that I often had to adjust my meal plan to accomodate for for my friends and family with dietary requirements when they joined me for a meal.  More often than not, I didn’t know how to modify my recipe to address their dietary needs which launched me into some deep research and left me with a lot of fear, uncertainty and doubt that I was preparing the recipe the right way for my guest.  A concept that I now call Meal Planning FUD [fear, uncertainty and doubt]. To combat Meal Planning FUD each of my recipes has eight variations which covers everything from vegetarian to Kosher to gluten-free so that you can cut the Meal Planning FUD out of your life and feel comfortable serving the recipe to a variety of guests. Check out the SooN Cooking About page for the complete details.

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Critical Information

Serves: 6-8 | Prep: 15-minutes | Cook: 25 minutes | Total Time: 40 minutes



  • 1.5 Cups White Rice
  • 2 Cups Water or Stock
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 TBS Butter
  • ½ Cup Classic Salsa or store-bought salsa
  • Garnish: cilantro sprig or lime wedge

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#1: Prep the Rice

Use the mesh strainer to wash the rice. Add the rice, salt, and butter to the saucepan and heat on high until the butter is melted, ~2-3 minutes. Add the broth or water and salsa and distribute evenly. The liquid should be about ~1/8-inch above the rice level.


#2: Cook the Rice

Cover and bring to a boil 3-5 minutes. Reduce heat to low [setting 3/10] and cook for ~20 minutes. Remove lid allowing steam to escape and rest for 2-3 minutes.


#3: Finish and Serve

Mix the rice and serve.  Garnish with a cilantro sprig or lime wedge.



The Original version is as fast as I can make it!



The Original recipe is Vegetarian.

Not familiar with a Vegetarian diet? Learn more using the SooN LIVING Dietary Requirements Decoder.


Make sure to use Kosher certified products when serving [recipe name] to someone who keeps Kosher.

The Original recipe is Kosher.

Not familiar with a Kosher diet? Learn more using the SooN LIVING Dietary Requirements Decoder.


Make sure to use Halal certified products when serving when serving [recipe name] to someone who keeps Halal.

The Original recipe is Halal.

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Make sure none of the ingredients used to make the stock have gluten in them.

The Original recipe is safe for the Celiac diet.

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for One

Divide all the ingredients by 4 and then follow the directions in the Original recipe.

for Kids

I’ve discovered that this is one of those recipes my kids have to be in the right mood to consume. There is no logic behind this  — one day they like it, the next time they will outright refuse to eat it. Either way, I serve it to them every time!

Behind the Scenes

the SooN COOKING origin story

Dear SooN COOKS of the internet,

We ate a lot of rice in my childhood home — all of which originated from a box. On taco night our regularly scheduled Uncle Ben’s minute rice was replaced by Rice-A-Roni Spanish edition. I still have a special place in my heart for that recipe.  However, after I started making my own salsa I discovered I could just add some to my white rice and raise the bar instantly.


Let me know which recipe you prefer in the comments section!



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