Saturday, January 31, 2015

One More Day...

We started the countdown today (7 hours and counting). Tomorrow our adventure begins. If you have no clue what I am talking about, check this out. I bought the last of the ingredients that I need this week for our recipes. My first batch of rice and beans is cooking on the stove as I speak. Since tomorrow is church and we usually eat something fast, like a sandwich after church, I had to plan ahead of time. This batch of food will be kept warm in the crockpot so that we have a nice warm meal when we get home. I started with a recipe for beans and rice from Puerto Rico. It actually wasn't too hard to make and it smells delicious. I'm looking forward to trying different variations of rice and beans for the month. I have a feeling that we'll find a few that we really like. I know why people around the world eat this meal a lot - it is frugal and filling. I'll post pictures tomorrow of our first meal. Meanwhile, here is the first recipe.

Rice and Beans (Puerto Rico):

Ingredients: (approximate)

3/4 cup of sofrito (I was given some for my first batch, next time I have to make my own)
15 oz can of gandules verdes drained (pigeon peas) - I bought Goya brand as was recommended
8 oz can of tomato sauce
Fill 3/4 of the tomato sauce can with water
1 bouillon with chicken flavor
1 packet of sazon Goya brand
Sprinkle of adobo (the pepper version)
3 TB of olive oil


In a large pot simmer all the ingredients for approx. 15 min.

Add 4 cups of water and bring to a boil, then add 6 cups of rice.

Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, carefully stir the rice, do not disrupt the bottom of the pot layer, this will be slightly burned to the bottom, simmer for an additional 30 min or until rice is fully cooked.


  1. I am excited to follow your journey!!!!!! Excited to see new recipes too.