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Lexi’s Spanish Dish

on March 5, 2014

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Simple ingredients and so very delicious!

Simple ingredients and so very delicious!

The first time I had this, I wasn’t the cook.  Lexi was!

Who’s Lexi?  Well, she’s a girl I used to spend almost every week day with for about two years.

My third and fourth years teaching, I was part-time.  Right before that third year started, I answered an ad in the paper for a babysitting job.  It was for a family who had a 9 year old boy and 14 year old girl.

It turned out to be a perfect fit!  They needed me after school and during summers for things like…

Preparing easy kid meals...

Preparing easy kid meals…

Making transformer costumes out of cardboard...

…making transformer costumes out of cardboard…

Trips to the zoo...

…summer trips to places like the water park and the zoo…

...even cuddling with their doggy in the back yard.

…even cuddling with their doggy in the back yard.

It really was the perfect job!

Anyway, Lexi made this dish for a Spanish class assignment and it was delicious!  I’ve been making it ever since!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked rice (about 3 cups cooked)
  • 1 pound fresh (not cured) chorizo
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 mango
  • 1 can black beans
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Cook the rice according to directions on the package.
  3. Chop the peppers and onion into even size pieces.
  4. Toss the peppers and onions with olive oil, salt & pepper on a baking sheet.  Be pretty liberal with the oil.
  5. Roast the veggies approximately 20 minutes, turning half way through.
  6. Cook the chorizo, breaking it up as you do.
  7. Peel and dice the mango.
  8. Rinse and drain the beans.
  9. Toss it all together – rice, veggies, chorizo, mango, and beans. Yum!

Here are some ideas to get your “kid cook” involved with this recipe:

  • Allow him to help toss the veggies with oil, salt & pepper.
  • He can help rinse the beans.
  • Let him mix it all together in a big ol’ bowl!
Tossing the veggies with oil, salt, and pepper is as fun as it looks!

Tossing the veggies with oil, salt, and pepper is as fun as it looks!

Something as simple as rinsing beans can keep a kid cook busy while you do the cooking he can't yet!

Something as simple as rinsing beans can keep a kid cook busy while you do the cooking he can’t yet!

Of course, eating ingredients as you cook works, too!

Of course, eating ingredients as you cook works, too!

A constant favorite is to mix - whether it's a muffin batter or dinner that's almost done!

A constant favorite is to mix – whether it’s a muffin batter or dinner that’s almost done!

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One response to “Lexi’s Spanish Dish

  1. I want to eat this right now. I love all the veggies.

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