Sunday, December 13, 2009



Kim has been very open about her son's issues with food allergies and sharing a personal side to her family...I thought it was my turn to share a little...

Our son was born in Guatemala and we became a forever family when he was 9 months old. Guatemala is a magical place for us and we have fallen in love with the country, food, and customs. We love to travel and have spent a lot of time in Guatemala both before and during our adoption process...and we are, hopefully, returning there very soon again. One of the things that is the simplest Guatemalan tradition to incorporate into our multi-cultural family is food... And Guatemalan food is very welcoming kitchen friendly!

Last night we got together with some amazing friends and celebrated Guatemalan Christmas. We all brought dishes from Guatemala and shared a wonderful night. As I was looking around the table, there were very few items that would not be welcoming kitchen friendly. We had tamales, black beans, cabbage salad, corn tortillas, Guacamole and dip, and this Guatemalan rice dish. If you are looking for a easier way to celebrate Christmas in the Welcoming Kitchen way...think about having your own Guatemalan Christmas! Now...on to the recipe!

Guatemalan Rice (Sopa de Arroz)

Yield: 4 servings

1 cup rice
1 Tablespoon oil
I carrot, diced
I tomato ( I used 1 can of diced tomatoes with green chilis)
1 potato, diced
1 onion, diced
1 clove garlic (I added more since we are fans!)
2 cups GF vegetable broth

Heat oil in skillet over medium heat, add garlic and onions and allow to turn clear. Add rice and continue to stir and mix together constantly. Allow rice to turn translucent in the pot. When translucent, add remaining ingredients, cover, and cook until done.

Someday soon I will brave enough to attempt to make my own Welcoming Kitchen - Friendly Guatemalan tamales but I need to get braver ;)

We shared this recipe at Simply Sugar and Gluten Free's Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays (on May 24, 2011).  Please check out the other great recipes!

Happy Cooking!

Kim & Megan

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