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27 October, 2018

Arroz a la Jardinera/ Garden Rice

Posted in : Side Dishes, Uncategorized on by : Marisol Chancellor

I love to eat colorful food. It makes me happy. I also love to take any opportunity I have to add veggies in my dishes. My girls love veggies!.. for the most part. This rice looks so beautiful and colorful, it makes it easier for them to eat their veggies. Jardinera basically means garden and the veggies in this rice dish are the ones you mostly find in your garden. If you have one. If you don’t have one, well.. frozen veggies are pretty amazing. This rice is a perfect side dish for any chicken dish, and I say chicken because the seasoning of the rice is pretty mild and won’t compete with the simple beauty of the chicken but that’s my opinion. Like I say, you do you.  My mom used to make Arroz a la Jardinera all the time and I loved it growing up but I have to confess, I always picked the veggies out. Can you believe I did that? It would drive my mom crazy! but Look at me know, bloging about how much I  love veggies. Be patient with your kids mommas, they’d eventually come around. 

This dish may be simple but it is pretty great in flavor, color and texture. The fluffy rice is perfect for the bright crispy vegetables. When I said the flavor of the rice is mild I meant it the best possible way. Here is why, the rice is not taking away anything from the veggies, it only helps them to shine on their own. You are going to taste the rice but also, each and everyone of your veggies. Add as many as you want. It is all good. Here’s how I make my “Arroz a la Jardinera” Did you just read that with a Mexican accent? I hope you did. 

Rule #1 and #2 for the perfect rice according to my grandmother and certified by my mother.. get your pan on medium high heat (Have you designated a pan to be used for rice and rice only yet?) and boil your water, I mean in case you have never boiled water before.. Exhibit A, above. Kidding.  
Once you pan is hot add the oil and the rice. Stir constantly for about 2 minutes.
Add your chopped onions and minced garlic and stir constantly for another minute.  Turn your heat to the lowest setting on your stove.
Make sure your heat is on low. Low and slow add your boiling water. It will bubble for a couple seconds. 
Once the rice has settle, add the salt and chicken buillon. Gently, stir once. Just once, and walk away. Rule #3 Rice doesn’t like to be disturbed. Set your time for 10min. 

After 10 minutes the rice is not quite done,  but we are going to add our veggies. I’m using corn, peas, carrots and green beans, they are completely thawed.  We add our veggies now because we don’t want to over cook them, we want them to stay crisp and keep their color. Gently drop the veggies over your rice (Exhibit B, above) Don’t stir! Just put the lid back on, set your timer for another 10 minutes and walk away.
It is done! I know you’re going to say it looks exactly the same as exhibit B, and it does! That’s because we didn’t over cook our veggies, they kept their color. And we didn’t stir our rice, it is fluffy and perfect. Let it rest for a couple of minutes before you serve it. 
Exhibit C. Look at it, Doesn’t it make you happy? Wait till you try it. Find the recipe below!

Arroz a la Jardinera/ Garden Rice

Category: Side Dishes, Uncategorized

Arroz a la Jardinera/ Garden Rice


  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 Cup of rice
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chicken buillon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of frozen veggies, thawed


  1. Bring 1/2 cups of water to a boil
  2. Heat your skillet on medium high
  3. dice the onion and mince the garlic
  4. add the oil to the pan along with 1 cup of rice
  5. stir constantly for 2 minutes
  6. add the garlic and onion and stir for another minute
  7. Carefully and slowly add the boiling water to the rice. Add chicken buillon and salt. Stir one time put the lid on and set a timer for 10 minutes.
  8. After 10 minutes gently and evenly drop the vegetables on the rice. Do not stir. Put the lead back on and set your time for another 10 minutes. Turn the heat off and let It rest for a couple minutes before you serve it.

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