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A Delicious Spanish Side Dish Pink Beans or Habichuelas Rosadas
Growing up in a Dominican family, we ate practically the same thing everyday. Rice, beans, and some type of meat. Everyday! Sometimes we had avocados on the side or plantains, but we always had rice, beans, and a meat. It's funny, but I never felt like we were missing out on anything. I thought everyone else ate like that.
I realized, eventually, from school meals and rare trips to White Castle, and Pizza Hut that there was a huge difference in the way we ate and the way other people ate daily.
Then one day, in middle school, my Italian friend- Angela, wanted to come over and cook for my family! She taught me how to make macaroni and cheese with breaded chicken cutlets. I thought it was the most delicious thing ever!
As a kid I looked forward to any chance I got to eat something different, but now as an adult I have a special place in my heart and tummy for rice and beans. It always reminds me of home.
*****The Sofrito link is below in the links box along with a link to see how people eat around the world; It's very interesting!
- 1 can Pink or Red Beans, drained
- 1/3 cup Bacon- chopped into small pieces, Can substitute, salami, italian sausage, and even sliced hot dogs
- 2 tbsp Sofrito, (Sofrito hub is linked at the bottom of this hub)
- 1 Chicken boullion
- 1 packet of Sazon
- 2 tbsp Stuffed olives
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 diced medium potato, Can use sweet potato, or plantains
- 1 can water, (fill the empty bean can with water)
- In a med saucepan fry up the diced bacon until very crispy (almost burnt).
- Add the sofrito, sazon, bouillon, olives, salt, diced potatoes, and can of water(use the empty bean can) to the pan and heat to a boil then cover
- Heat over medium heat for 20 min. Serve over rice and enjoy!
The Sofrito link and a look at what one week's groceries looks like around the world! Very interesting!
- What is Sofrito? Click here to find out :)
Sofrito is a mixture of vegetables that will add a great flavor to rice, meat, soups, and many other dishes! Many Latin dishes call for this combination of vegetables. I personally use it often and so I make a lot, save it in a jar, and scoop it out
- What the World Eats, Part I - Photo Essays - TIME
What's on family dinner tables around the globe? Photographs by Peter Menzel from the book "Hungry Planet"