There is just two of us in our little house, which results in a lot of leftovers sometimes. Especially when it comes to rice. We like rice, no we love rice. Rice is to Puerto Ricans what potatoes are to Americans. Growing up in a Puerto Rican home the standard meal was rice, beans and a side of meat.
It is safe to say that rice is well loved though out Latin American countries. During my visit to Ecuador with World Vision there were many foods and flavors that overlapped with food Puerto Rico. This dish was insipired by our lunch during the World Vision Chosen event. It was a simple rice dish mixed with chicken and vegetables.
It reminded me of the many quick fix dinners that my mother would make with leftover rice. Any given day of the week there would be an array of leftovers in our refrigerator. I seem to have carried this habit into my own home.
I enjoy taking humble leftovers and turning them into something new. If you are in a Puerto Rican home you are sure to have some of these very leftover in your refrigerator in the next few days.
It is possible to make some amazing dishes out of leftovers. A few weeks back while I was standing in front of the refrigerator trying to figure out what to make for dinner. My eye landed on some left over rice and pork tenderloin. I didn’t have quite enough for both of us, but I knew if I combined it and bulked it up with some other things it could make a killer dinner.
I fried up some ripe plantains that were sitting on the counter, scrambled a few eggs, tossed in the rice and pork, and TA-DA dinner was made. And, HOLLY MOLLY was it good! These are all elements that I’ve had for a complete dinner, but to toss them together and fry them up a little made it a whole new dish.
Give Back this Christmas with World Vision
You can also make a holiday meal special for a child with World Vision with a meal that makes a difference. Take a moment to think about holiday meals a little differently. Many of us experience the holidays through food and have favorite memories associated with those family traditions. What if you started a new tradition with your family this year through a holiday meal?
There are many food-related ways to give through World Vision’s Gift Catalog such as providing a family with a goat or chickens. I encourage you to choose the one that inspires you, feature it in your holiday meal, and give back as part of your family tradition!
Here are a few other ideas from the food bloggers who traveled with us in Ecuador:
- Mary Younkin: Fruit and Nut Chocolate Bark
- Rebecca Lindamood: Pumpkin Cheesecake Milkshakes
- Matthew Brennan: Cooking For Bruno
With tender rice, savory pork and chunks of sweet, crispy plantains, every bite is the perfect bite! It is a great way to use up those Christmas leftovers.
This holiday season consider signing up to be Chosen. It is an amazing opportunity to empower a child to take hold of their future. If you are interested in learning more about World Vision Chosen read my post World Vision | Changing Child Sponsorship with #Chosen.
*This recipe does make twice the amount of rice that you need for the fried rice, but it's best prepared at this ratio. Remaining prepared rice can be kept refrigerated for up to a week for an easy weeknight dinner side. The skin of ripe plantains should be yellow and black, The more black on the skin the riper the plantain. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 439Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 801mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 11gSugar: 14gProtein: 15g
*This recipe does make twice the amount of rice that you need for the fried rice, but it's best prepared at this ratio. Remaining prepared rice can be kept refrigerated for up to a week for an easy weeknight dinner side.
The skin of ripe plantains should be yellow and black, The more black on the skin the riper the plantain.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.