Whenever we would be invited to my great aunt’s house for dinner I knew to always expect arroz con pollo. I was never thrilled about this as the arroz con pollo that is traditional to Cubans was never my favorite meal.
Throughout the years though, I grew to semi-like the dish. Then, when I started cooking on my own, I started making a variation of the dish that I enjoyed.
But then, when my diagnosis came and I stopped eating rice dishes, I never thought to make the arroz con pollo again – until one random evening when I was scrambling to make dinner and the idea hit me.
I had some brown rice in the fridge that I was giving to my husband as a side dish. I also had a bag of chopped cauliflower and some frozen Tyson chicken breast. I could literally make my dinner in less than 10 minutes.
I sauteed some onion, garlic and green peppers and then set it aside. I got out my seaonsings – a half packet of goya sazon and a bay leaf. I put some Tyson frozen chicken strips in the microwave to thaw out and then threw them in the same pan I used to sautee my veggies until they were a nice golden brown. Then, I tossed in my cauliflower, quarter cup of brown rice, sauteed veggies and seasonings, and sauteed for just two minutes. Then, I put everything in a bowl and tossed a piece of Havarti cheese on top for good measure. The steam from the food should melt the cheese, but if it doesn’t you can always pop it in the microwave for 20 seconds. A low-carb, flavor full dish in less than ten minutes. Done and done.
Feel free to add any extra veggies like pimentos, peas an the like. Just be sure to keep in mind your dietary needs.