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A healthier alternative to a traditional Puerto Rican dish with "al fresco" 
Sep. 28, 2012 9:11 pm 
Updated: Oct. 11, 2012 12:39 pm

Al Fresco is such a great product! Not only is it delicious, but it's a 100% natural, lean chicken without any artificial flavors or preservatives. The only down side is the product availability in my area. A few months ago, I was able to choose from 5 different flavor varieties of the fully cooked chicken sausage. This time around, only two flavors were available. So, I got me a pack of each and headed home with a thousand ideas floating in my head. I needed to come up with a dish of my own. I'm 95% sure that I'm the only Puerto Rican Allstar, so I decided to give a healthy twist to a Puerto Rican classic: Arroz con Gandules. That means "Rice with Pigeon Peas". There are two kinds of cooks in PR: those that add meat to their arroz con gandules and those who don't. I'm the kind that does and for me it always consists of bite size pieces of pork shoulder. MMMMM!! Naturally, pork shoulder is a bit heavy on "the fat" so I remembered what I read on the al fresco website about their chicken sausage! It has 70% less fat than pork sausage! Ok, so I wasn't going to use pork sausage for my rice anyways but I'm sure it would also be considerable leaner than my usual choice of pork shoulder. Having only two options to choose from, Sweet Apple Sausage or Sweet Italian Sausage, I went with the Italian Sausage and let me tell you... I just KNEW it would be delicious! True that sweetness is not a traditional component of Arroz con Gandules but I was starting to consider this dish a fusion of two cuisines! It sounded good in my head, anyways ;o)

SO, here's the link to my recipe: http://allrecipes.com/personalrecipe/63358159/rice-with-pigeon-peas-and-sweet-italian-chicken-sausage/detail.aspx<

Though it has been called to my attention (by fellow Allstars) that the pigeon peas resemble something I don't dare to mention here, I must say "TRY THEM!" They are not like regular sweet peas or petite peas. They are much BETTER! And yes, I might be biased. But I'm also RIGHT!! ;o)

Buen provecho!

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Arroz con Gandules y Salchichas Italianas al fresco
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Sep. 28, 2012 10:00 pm
Great recipe Nelly ,
Sep. 29, 2012 10:06 am
I love Puerto Rican food This looks like a winner kid!
Sep. 30, 2012 8:15 am
I think it looks really good--forget what it looks like! I like your take on the use of the sausage!
Sep. 30, 2012 7:49 pm
Thank you, girls! :o)
Oct. 11, 2012 12:39 pm
Nelly, thanks for the recipe makeover, still laughing about the pigeon peas!
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Hola!! I'm a 36 years old Nuclear Medicine Technologist, mom to the smartest and handsomest 16 year old boy (I love you Dan!) and wife to a retired military man. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico but the military brought me to Ft.Bragg, NC where I lived for 13 years. After my husband retired we moved to St. Louis, MO (in August 2009). I'm currently job hunting. I've met some great people in the area but I still miss my family in PR and my friends in NC. Planning meals, cooking and baking take a big chunk of my day and make it more bearable.
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A challenge! That's my favorite thing to cook. Making my own versions of popular restaurant foods, making international dishes, making food look pretty and yummilicious... I just LOVE to cook! :o)
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Being from Puerto Rico, it would be a sin not to mention Arroz con Gandules (Rice with Pigeon Peas), Pernil Asado (Roasted Pork), Tostones (Fried Plantains), and Pasteles (hmm...pasteles is kinda like a Puertorican tamale, made with green bananas or yuca root - or even a variation of roots). I do love Bistec Encebollado though and I think my mom makes the best in the world!! I did find a pretty good recipe for this dish at Goya.com
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A triumph for me consists of my husband, or my son, or anyone to tell me that they loved my dish. I love feedback in the kitchen and most of the feedback I get is very good I must say :o)
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I just got a new stove when I moved to my new house and I just can't figure out the right setting to cook pancakes!! Hahaha. I always burn one or two before I can get it right and then I FORGET what temperature setting I used!!! I can't remember anything in particular that was a huge disaster but I do mess something up every now and then. Hey, it's life!! Life's boring without mess-ups!!
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