Black Beans and Rice

There is something very satisfying about this cross between Cuban, Costa Rican and Mexican beans and rice. I fell in love with rice and beans in Costa Rica; what a great side dish for breakfast.  But it is more versatile than that, it can be eaten as a side dish with fish or chicken. But…

Adas Polo – Rice with Green Lentils, Raisins and Dates

Lentils, rice and onions, that wonderful combination.  Then add raisins and dates and it turns into a high protein, high energy meal that is also a real treat. I had never tasted Adas Polo before making it, but when I tasted the rice, lentil and fruit mixture, I couldn’t believe how good it was!  I…

Baghali Polo – Persian Rice with Lima Beans

File this one under “I can’t believe I just made something this delicious!” Yes, I often make really tasty and flavorful food, but not typically on my first try making something I have never tasted before, using a lot of improvisation and guess-work. And, according to my Persian food expert (my Iranian husband), this was…

Haveej Polo (Persian Chicken, Carrot and Rice Pilaf)

I will admit that other than the chicken being grown within 100 miles of my house, there is nothing particularly local about my making this dish at this time of year.  Although the chicken is local, the star of this meal is the carrots.  They add a good bit of sweetness, so make sure you…

Mjeddrah – Lentils, Rice & Onions

I am in Vermont now, cross-county skiing with my daughter. But I want to share this with you, I made it a little while ago… When I was in college, my housemate’s father was Lebanese and she would make a wonderful dish for us – mjeddrah. It was simple – rice, lentils and onions. So…

Guy Fieri’s Tijuana Kitchen Rice

My son loves Mexican rice.  No, he LOVES Mexican rice. I happen grow the ingredients that make Mexican rice Mexican rice – tomatoes and jalapenos. I really enjoy cooking Guy Fieri recipes, they are always full of flavor. So…this recipe caught my eye as a version of Mexican rice that used veggies from my garden…

Green Bean Polou (Persian Rice Pilaf)

Even though my green bean harvest was a bust, I have been able to piece together a few meals with what the caterpillars left me.  I had just the right amount of green beans left to try a new Persian dish. The green beans get infused with lime flavor and baked into the rice.  You…