Many variations of arroz con pollo can be found throughout Latin America and the Caribbean but some claim that it is the unofficial national dish of Puerto Rico. The dish, literally meaning “rice with chicken,” is thought to have originated in Spain and has definite similarities with the popular Spanish dish, paella. The pimiento-stuffed green olives in this version are a signature addition from Puerto Rico.
Plantains look similar to a banana but they are starchier and not as sweet. They are a popular ingredient in many countries around the world, especially in the tropical regions such as the Caribbean. When simply fried they make a great appetizer or side dish.
A Cuban Sandwich, also known as a Mixto Sandwich, is a variation of a ham and cheese sandwich. There are many versions of this pressed sandwich but traditionally, it consists of ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, mustard and pickles.
Kids generally like sauces made with coconut milk so it is a great ingredient for disguising healthy fish and vegetables that aren’t typically kids’ favorites. Plus, new studies indicate that coconut milk itself is an extremely healthy ingredient. I love how simple the ingredient list is and how quickly this dish comes together.