Friday, March 18, 2011

"Healthy Chicken & Rice Soup -- Guatemalan Style" with Julia Garcia

Chicken Soup is an all round favorite food, especially when we are sick. Julia Garcia chose this recipe for its health benefits. She often made this Guatemalan style soup for her family to give everyone lots of energy - for things like dancing! A particularly enjoyable flavour in this recipe is the hint of fresh mint.

Arroz Cocido o Sopa Aguado (Cooked Rice Soup)

1/2 lb rice
1 chicken (or equivalent parts)
1/2 bag mixed vegetables (green beans, carrots, peas, corn)
2 tomatoes
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
1 red and 1 green bell pepper
Bunch of fresh mint
2 litres of water or more as needed
Salt and pepper

Saute peppers, onion and garlic.
Chop tomato finely and add to saute.
Cut chicken into small cubes.
Bring the rice with the chicken to a boil.
When it is boiling, add the sauteed ingredients.
Add the chopped mint.
Add salt and pepper and the mixed vegetables and cook for another 15 minutes.
Add more water if necessary so it remains as a soup.

Serve in bowls accompanied by bread or tortilla.

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