I happened to have all the ingredients on hand, but had 1 1/2 c cooked white rice Instead of instant variety. I thought it tasted pretty bland, no spices! I did add about a Tbsp of dry thyme and salt and pepper. But, as I was putting away the left over, I added about 1/4 cup Pico-de-Gallo & cut the kernels off an ear of cooked corn. THe next time I served it, it was REALLY TASTY! The fresh corn added a nice crunch, and the Pico-de-Gallo added a Mexican flavor. (And I got rid of some left-overs,). Some salsa could substitute for Pico-de-Gallo.