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Monday, March 02, 2015

Arroz con Fideos y Vegetales | Rice Pilaf with Noodles and Veggies



This post is Sponsored by Mazola. All opinions, ideas and stories are 100% my own. Este post está patrocinado por Mazola. Todas las opiniones, ideas e historias son 100% mías.


Para mi el arroz con fideos fue un misterio por mucho tiempo, a mi me encantaba y lo comíamos mucho en la casa pero la verdad ¡no sabía que eran los palitos marrones en el arroz! Hasta que llegó un momento en que pensé, bueno tengo que averiguar que es esto y fué cuando vi a mi mamá hacerlo, ¡me quedé impresionada! Nosé porqué pero así fue, no relacionaba que unos espaguetis normales y corrientes se pusieran así de oscuros y supieran tan ricos en el arroz.

El arroz con fideos es un buen plato que sirve de acompañante casi que a cualquier cosa, lo típico es el arroz con fideos solito pero yo quise agregarle vegetales para así hacerlo aún más sabroso y más nutritivo.

En la casa me acuerdo que lo que siempre había era aceite de maíz, era algo impelable y creo que es una de las razones de que esos fideítos tuvieran ese sabor tan rico en el arroz. Pues resulta que hay un reciente estudio que reveló que el aceite de maíz es superior al aceite de oliva extra virgen para reducir el colesterol.

Así que sin más ni más les dejo esta receta para el arroz con fideos que cociné con aceite Mazola #MazolaPlatoSano, de verdad que es super rico y lo mejor de todo, que a los niños les fascinó y se comieron como ¡4 platos!


Arroz con fideos y vegetales


Ingredientes:
  • 2 1/2 cucharadas de aceite de maíz Mazola
  • 2 tazas de arroz crudo
  • 1 taza de fideos fideos finos (Angel Hair) picados como de 1 pulgada de largo
  • 3 1/2 tazas de caldo de pollo
  • 1/2 de taza de cebolla picada en cuadritos
  • 2 zanahorias picaditas en cuadritos
  • 1/2 taza de apio (celery) picado en cuadritos
  • 1/2 taza de guisantes
  • 1 cucharada de salsa de soya
  • 1/2 taza de la parte verde del cebollín picado en pedazos pequeños
  • Sal y pimienta al gusto
Preparación:
  1. Calienta 1 cucharada del aceite Mazola en una olla profunda a fuego medio alto, introduce los fideos y fríelos en el aceite revolviendo constantemente hasta que estén doraditos.
  2. Agrega el arroz y revuelve con los fideos, inmediatamente agrega el caldo de pollo y deja hervir hasta que se hagan burbujitas encima del arroz (se tarda como unos 10 minutos). Inmediatamente baja a fuego lento y tapa, deja cocinar por unos 3 a 5 minutos más (cuando se haya consumido todo el caldo). 
  3. En una sartén profunda o wok calienta el resto del aceite (1 1/2 cucharadas) y una vez caliente añade la cebolla, las zanahorias y el apio (celery), adoba con sal y pimienta al gusto, cocina revolviendo constantemente unos 10 minutos aproximadamente.
  4. Añade el arroz con los fideos poco a poco revolviéndolo con los vegetales de manera que puedas controlar la mezcla.
  5. Una vez que esté todo revuelto agrega la salsa de soya y revuelve. 
  6. Antes de servir mezcla el cebollín picadito ¡y listo!
TIPS:
  • También pueden hacer el arroz el día anterior y lo guardarlo en la nevera, así a la hora de mezclarlo con los vegetales estará aún mejor porque conservará mejor su forma.
  • Cocínalos con los vegetales que tengas a mano en tu cocina y agrega pollo, carne y hasta huevos revueltos ¡si gustas!

Aclaratoria: El Aceite de Maíz Mazola hace que tus platillos tradicionales estén más deliciosos, y le da el sabor que más le gusta a tu familia. El Aceite de Maíz no sólo le da un sabor excelente a la comida, sino que también es saludable para el corazón como alternativa a otros aceites saturados. De hecho en recientes estudios de investigación, se ha encontrado que el aceite de maíz ayuda a disminuir el colesterol  más que el aceite de oliva virgen. Visita Mazola o sigue a @Mazola en Facebook para más información.


- E N G L I S H -

To me rice and noodles was a mystery for a long time, I loved it and ate a lot at home while growing up but I really didn't know what the "little brown sticks" were! Until there came a time when I thought, ok I should figure out what I'm eating and then I saw my mom make it, I was surprised! I don't know why it didn't cross my mind that those brown sticks could be ordinary spaghetti that became dark and they could taste so yummy with the rice.

The rice and noodle dish is a good side dish that works with almost anything, we typically do only rice and noodles but I wanted to add veggies to help make it even more tasty with the advantage that it is more healthy and nutritious.

At home there was always corn oil, it was very traditional and I think it's one of the reasons that these little noodles had that yummy flavor in the rice; it turns out that there is a new research study that revealed that corn oil is superior to extra virgin olive oil in lowering cholesterol.

So below is this rice pilaf recipe I made, it really is delish and best of all, the kids loved it and ate like 4 plates full of rice pilaf!

Rice Pilaf with Noodles and Veggies


Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Mazola corn oil 
  • 2 cups uncooked rice
  • 1 cup vermicelli noodles (Angel Hair) chopped as 1 inch long
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped green part of scallions into small pieces
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Preparation:
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of Mazola oil in a medium sized pot on medium to high heat, introduce the noodles and fry them in the oil stirring constantly until golden brown.
  2. Add the rice and stir with the noodles, immediately add the chicken broth and simmer until bubbles are made on top of the rice (it takes about 10 minutes). Immediately lower the heat and cover, simmer for about 3-5 minutes (when it has consumed all the broth).
  3. In a deep skillet or wok heat the remaining oil (1 1/2 tablespoons), once hot add the onion, carrots and celery, season with salt and pepper, stirring constantly for approximately 10 minutes .
  4. Add rice noodles slowly stirring with vegetables so you can control the mix.
  5. Once all mixed add soy sauce and stir.
  6. Before serving, mix the chopped chives and ready!
TIPS:
  • You can also make the rice the day before and store it in the fridge, so when it's time to mix with the veggies it will be even better because the rice will retain its shape more.
  • Cook the vegetables you have on hand in your kitchen and add chicken, beef and even scrambled eggs if you like!

Disclaimer: The Mazola Corn Oil makes your traditional dishes even more delicious and gives the flavor your family likes. The Corn Oil not only gives you great tasting food, but also a heart-healthy alternative to other saturated oils. In fact in recent research studies have found that corn oil helps lower cholesterol more than virgin olive oil. Visit Mazola or follow on Facebook for more information.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Cupcake Birthday Party


Maya turned 5 years old! Her birthday celebrations are always several days because we have a party for her on a weekday at preschool with her friends, then her real birthday day and a weekend with the family. I think this year will be the last of that because then she will be in Kinder and so no weekday preschool party.

Since she turned 4 she told me she wanted her next birthday to be a cupcake birthday, I really thought she was going to change her mind but no, she kept mentioning it and the day arrived and here we are, a cute cupcake themed party.

I love planning parties like this, there are so many possibilities! Although I really did something simple and easy:

Monday, February 23, 2015

Let's Explore New Orleans!


If you come regularly to the blog you might remember I visited New Orleans for a conference a while ago and I only posted about it once and quickly without many photos. Well, I'm fixing that. I have edited ALL my pictures from that trip and I'm very happy I did because there is a lot to share. In fact there are so many photos that I had to divide them in 3 posts to not make it so long.

It was my first time in New Orleans and I was so excited and amazed by it all, I would define this city as a multisensory city, you can see so much, but can also hear (so much music!), taste of course and smell too! We stayed very close to Bourbon St which is the famous street where it all happens (famous Mardi Gras), it never sleeps; so we were able to walk around it during the day and during the night.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Mini Spanish Omelets with Cheese

This post is part of  Amigas de Comida Kraft. As always, all opinions, ideas, and stories are 100% my own.

Oh those food that take us to the past and bring good memories! 

For me one of those foods is the Spanish omelet (Tortilla española). My dad was born and raised in Spain and brought with him the tradition to our home. We would eat Spanish omelets on a regular basis; it was a staple in my house and my mom knew how to prepare them perfectly, she even served it at parties.

I love Spanish omelets but I almost never prepare them because I don't know how to flip them in the pan very well, it can be very tricky. I tried many times but the results have not been good. 

This is why I prepared the omelets in the oven, in the shape of mini cupcakes and there’s no need to flip them over! And, I added a bit of cheese that is not part of the original recipe. Try them out, they are easy and they can be served any time, I used them even for Adrian's lunch box!

To see the complete recipe go here: Mini Spanish Omelets with Cheese.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Instagram Amor: Sunsets and coffee


I can't get enough of looking at the sunset and capturing it with my camera. I know I've always loved it but I realized lately that I am kind of addicted to those photos and it's ok because it's not a terrible addiction to have, besides San Diego is the perfect place to admire them.

One day in december I took the kids to Mission Bay right around the sunset and it was perfect, they rode their scooters, played in the park and I took photos. That day I also realized how sunsets have different stages. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Cool Places in San Diego: Pigment


A very cool neighborhood to visit here in San Diego is North Park and any time we have a chance I like to walk around and get to know it better. One day we went for lunch and then walked around afterwards. 

I bumped into this store Pigment and I didn't want to get out of it! Unless you know where it is I think it's a little hard to find because it doesn't have a big sign but the store is huge and it's in an excellent corner.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Heart Donuts for Valentine's Day


Who doesn't love donuts? I actually never made them before but I am in love with the heart donut mold so I had to try it out. Baked donuts don't taste exactly the same as the regular ones but they're still good!

I am learning how to make them so I searched for a recipe and tried it out exactly as it is, the recipe I found is this one: Brown Butter Baked Donuts at Joy the Baker. It was easy to make and the best part is that you can customize the topping a little bit. I think that the tiny heart sprinkles are so cute!!

These are a great treat to surprise the whole family on Valentine's Day or to take to a party. These together with the Valentine notes make for a perfect Valentine's day gift! 


- E S P A Ñ O L -

¿A quién no les gustan las donas? En realidad, yo nunca las había hecho, pero me fascina el molde para hacerlas en forma de corazón así que tuve que probarlo. Las donas horneadas no saben exactamente igual a las usuales (fritas) pero siguen siendo ricas!

Estoy aprendiendo cómo hacerlas así que busqué varias recetas y encontré una receta y la probé tal cual, es esta: Brown Butter Baked Donuts at Joy the Baker. Fue fácil de hacer y la mejor parte es que se puede personalizar la decoración un poquito. Creo que los sprinkles de corazones chiquiticos son tan lindos!!

Estas donas son un regalo bien chévere para sorprender a toda la familia en el Día de San Valentín o para llevarlos a una fiesta. Estas donas junto con las notas de San Valentín hacen un regalito muy nice para el día de San Valentín!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Creamy Tropical Smoothie



I love to combine different flavor every time I prepare smoothies, I have to say I don't do it as often; around here, Derek is the one that makes the most smoothies for all of us. But this time while I looked around the new redesigned Got Milk website, I found some that I really wanted to try. It was hard to stay away of the dessert area but I did! 

The original recipe for this tropical smoothie has coconut and my kids are not liking coconut these days, so I took it away and it still makes for a great creamy smoothie with a tropical flavor with all the benefits of the fruits, the milk plus no added sugar!

I still want to make more of the recipes featured in the website like these waffles and these popsicles for example. And it not only has recipes but more useful information about the benefits of milk and tips for moms. Check it out while drinking a creamy tropical smoothie like this one! Salud!

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