I remember my great grandma's rice would have huge slivers of onion in it, which as a kid, grossed me out since I had not yet acquired a taste for onions. Now, I love them and always put a whole one when the recipe calls for half. Same for garlic, two cloves? Let's put seven, no eight! Some people put veggies and and some do not. Most like to use chicken broth. I grew up eating rice this way and I loved it, having no idea how it all came together. Now I know, but still wanted to find a way to enjoy it, vegan style.
I know I can't ask anyone for a real recipe so checked the internet, and finally found one I liked at forkfingerschopsticks. I printed it out and got super excited about trying it. I used Better Than Bouillon No Chicken Base for the "broth" and 2- 8 oz. cans of tomato sauce instead of one. I added 2 cups thawed frozen mixed vegetables, a whole onion quartered and sliced, and I think 8 cloves minced garlic. I love this recipe. I can't wait for my sister to stop by and try my rice later!
p.s. If you haven't read Michele Serros' Chicana Falsa there is a really great piece in there called "Attention Shoppers" that you will never not think about when shopping for frozen vegetables.