Beans, rice, onions… Does it get any more basic than that?
While they might not be the most appealing to some, preservable foods are especially useful right now. With COVID-19 literally in the air, it’s nice to not have to go out for groceries as much (even though we get a lot of it online). In general, it’s not uncommon for people to have an extra, say box of pasta, can of chicken broth, etc in their kitchen/pantry. But since we’ve been sheltering-in-place for over two months, I’m guessing that some of you may have a surplus of these long lasting foods, justing sitting there (and that’s not a bad thing) at home. I recognize that COVID-19 is very unpredictable (we don’t have a very good estimate as to when it’s going to be over). However, if you’re thinking that maybe you have a little too many canned beans or you can’t stand the fact that everything’s “piling” up, I have the perfect recipe for you.
Are you missing some Mexican food? Do you want to eat something that is homemade, healthy, and delicious? Try making gallo pinto! As stated by the title, this meal is real simple. For the second time in a row, I want to give a big thank you to Mrs. Botto for kindly sharing this recipe with us. If you want to see my review on her amazing financier recipe, you can visit here. She told us that at few weeks ago, she was hosting a Costa Rican boarding student who loved and recommended this dish. It is from the student’s hometown and supposedly a local favorite.
The neat thing is that gallo pinto is made out of very preservable foods, and it stays preservable after the first day. Like I’ve said with many of the previous recipes featured on this blog, it can’t hurt to make a little extra for it serves as a quick, filling “leftovers” meal. What I really enjoy about this dish is that it’s very different. I’ve never had something quite like it, and that makes it taste all the better. You might think that the bland taste of rice and beans would make it boring, in a sense, but the flavor actually comes out quite a bit. It’s almost like you’re eating bean infused rice! Between the modest, yet deep taste and the softness of all the ingredients, I’d say that the gallo pinto really is a hit. So, if I haven’t said it enough in the past, really do try it out! It’ll be something new, and in a good way. And I’m pretty sure that you’ll be glad to have your simple foods put to use. Have a nice week!