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Coumadin® (Warfarin)
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Lactose
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Sodium
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GERD / Acid Reflux
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Gluten Sensitivity
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"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterward."
Spanish Proverb

The refrigerator light goes on...

This brings back the flavors of Spain for me and I think you will really love this recipe. The poblano makes it a little spicier. If you like your meals a little milder, you can use a green bell pepper.

Arborio Rice (Risotto)

This is a slightly round, short grained rice with a high starch content. The grains have a pearly sheen. As arborio rice cooks, its starch is released into the cooking liquid to make a creamy, rich sauce. The rice is grown widely in Europe, especially in Italy, but also in Spain (where Calasparra rice is more commonly used). There are now many growers in the U.S that produce an excellent quality Arborio rice.

The term "risotto" actually refers to the Italian rice dish made with Arborio rice, although the two terms have become nearly synonymous.


 

Spanish Risotto with Chicken



Servings = 2 | Serving size =about 3 cups

Cooking Time = 60 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

This recipe keeps well overnight in the refrigerator. Reheat gently.

2 tsp olive oil (divided)
8 ounces boneless skinless chicken thighs (cubed)
1 medium onion (diced)
1 medium poblano pepper (seeded and diced)
1 large rib celery (diced)
1/2 cup arborio rice
1 15 ounce can no salt added diced tomatoes
2 1/2 cups water
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp salt
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)

Place 1 teaspoon olive oil in a medium stainless steel skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken thighs and saute, stirring frequently, until browned on all sides. Remove to a plate.

Add 1 teaspoon olive oil to the skillet and add the onions. Saute, stirring frequently, for about 2 minutes, then add the poblano and celery. Continue sauteing until the onions are soft, about 5 minutes.

Add the rice and continue sauteing for 2 minutes.

Add the tomatoes, water, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper, and cook on medium-low for about 25 minutes or until the rice is done. (Taste it and if it still tastes grainy, it's not done.) Add water, 1/4 cup at a time, if it seems necessary.

Return the chicken and stir into the rice. Cook for two minutes.

Serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = about 3 cups

Servings = 2

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Amount Per Serving

Calories 411 Calories from Fat 87
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 9g 16%
    Saturated Fat 2g 6%
    Monounsaturated Fat 4g  
    Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 94mg 32%
Sodium 428mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 53g 18%
    Dietary Fiber 4g 17%
    Sugars 5g  
Protein 28g  
Vitamin A 12% Vitamin C 104%
Calcium 8% Iron 30%
Vitamin K 20 mcg Potassium 736 mg
Magnesium 66 mg