Arroz con "Pollo" + V/VG

Happy New Year! It is officially 2017. Can you believe it? The holiday season is over and now it’s back to reality. That means I have to get back on my s***. I cringe when I think of all of the things I indulged in this holiday season; mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, coquito. Ugh! I’ve seriously been slacking. I feel like the holidays are always a blur of drinking and snacking and because of this I haven't necessarily had a real meal in a while. My body hates me for it. I feel sluggish and totally unbalanced. The holidays have taken a toll on me both mentally and physically.

On a brighter note, nothing makes me feel better than cooking my version of comfort food and to me arroz con pollo is the epitome of comfort food. I have to say my mom makes the BEST. For years I never knew her recipe and to be honest I don’t really think she has a “recipe”. She definitely has that old school cooking style. A little bit of this, a dash of that. But one day back when I was in college, I got a craving and I broke down and asked her to give me a step by step breakdown of ingredients and instructions. To this day I still have the same recipe on a sheet of notebook paper with my chicken scratch on it.

So I was flipping through my recipe book a couple of days ago and came across that very recipe. I figured I would take her recipe and tweak it (as I do) to make it vegetarian/vegan friendly. I decided to swap the chicken stock for vegetable stock and eliminate the chicken and use soy curls instead. If you remember, I mentioned soy curls (and my love for them) a couple of posts back when I visited Portland, OR. The taste and texture is very similar to the real thing so I figured it would be the perfect substitute.  You can buy soy curls on amazon or on the Food Fight! Grocery website. If I’m being honest, I was nervous that arroz con pollo just wouldn’t be the same without the chicken but I have to tell you with this recipe you would never even know the difference. Yeah…I guess it still wouldn’t be called arroz con pollo but arroz con soya doesn’t sound as appetizing. Either way I hope you give this recipe a try!

Arroz con "Pollo"

  • ½ pack soy curls

  • 3 teaspoons of homemade sazon or 2 packets of store bought sazon

  • 2 tbsp recaito
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ½ medium onion. chopped
  • ½ green pepper, chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • olives, to taste
  • capers, to taste
  • 2 cups rice
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • handful of chopped cilantro
  • Salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Prepare soy curls according to package. Season with 1 teaspoon homemade sazon (half packet of store bought sazon) and set aside
  2. Place recaíto, garlic, onion and green pepper in pot with olive oil and sautee for 3 minutes on medium heat.
  3. Add tomato paste and stir
  4. Add soy curls to pot and cook for a couple more minutes
  5. Add water, olives and capers and stir
  6. Add rice, vegetable stock and 2 teaspoons of homemade sazon  (1-1/2 packets of store bought sazon), stir.
  7. Add handful of cilantro and salt to taste.
  8. Bring to full boil and continue cooking for about 5-10 minutes until you start to see some of the rice rising to the surface. At this point, lower heat and cover pot. Cook for an additional 20 minutes.

Enjoy!

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