This is a quick and easy recipe for arroz con gandules (rice and pigeon peas) and platanos maduros (sweet plantains).
Arroz con gandules:
1 can pigeon peas
1 cup rice
1 1/2 cup water
1 packet Sazon
Half onion (chopped)
Half pepper (chopped)
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp cilantro
1 tbsp garlic
1 can Goya tomato sauce
1 tbsp olive oil
Heat oil in a pot on medium heat. Add onions, garlic and pepper and stir frequently for about 10 minutes.
Add Sazon,tomato sauce, water, cilantro
Add rice and stir to coat with oil and mix with other ingredients
Add water. Cook uncovered until water is gone.
Lower heat to very low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
2-3 plantains that are very ripe, near black skin
Heat oil in a pan until very hot
Meanwhile, peel plantains and cut off ends
Cut each plantain in half and then slice each half down the middle
Add plantains to oil. Oil should be enough to cover the plantains.
Cook on medium heat for 10 minutes
Lower heat and cook for 15 minutes, turning plantains occasionally, until brown.
Put on a plate covered with paper towel if you want to absorb some of the oil.