We definitely have plenty of rice and vegetables in Costa Rica. “Arroz con pollo” (Chicken with rice) is very popular here. I make a vegetarian version using vegetables from the Feria de Agricultor (Farmer’s Market).
1 medium onion (finely chopped)
4 cloves chopped garlic
3 carrots (peeled and chopped)
~1 kg green beans (ends trimmed, chopped)
2 cups white rice
4 cups water
2 packets Sazonador Mi Arroz (or you may substitute your favorite boullion)
pepper and ground cumin to taste
1) In a large frying pan, heat the oil. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until translucent and aromatic, about 3-5 minutes.
2) Add the carrots and green beans and cook for another 5 minutes, until softened.
3) Add the rice and cook for another 5 minutes until slightly browned.
4) Stir in the water, Sazonador Mi Arroz, pepper, and cumin. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes until the liquid is absorbed, stirring frequently. (NOTE: Sometimes I add a tablespoon achiote, a popular condiment in Costa Rica, in this step. It gives the rice a bright red color and a slightly sweet flavor.)
Using this recipe, our family of 4 ate this dinner for 2 nights. Provecho!