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Sides with arroz con pollo?

A giant pot of arroz con pollo is in the plan for an upcoming dinner. Problem, though, is appropriate sides. Mr. Pine wants frijoles, which doesn't do much for me and mixes cultures, to boot! Other ideas? The guests aren't very adventuress eaters.

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  1. How about green beans with toasted flaked almonds?
    Gives freshness from the beans and a nice crunch from the almonds.

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    1. re: Paprikaboy

      2nd'd. Green veggies. Fresh green beans are simple and awesome. Brussels Sprouts or Broccoli are also good options. Just steam them up, and toss with ex-virgin olive oil, kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. If you like, toss in a tiny bit of fresh lemon juice and/or balsamic vinegar and/or a big of honey and/or a bit of srirachi sauce. I also like the idea of a bit of almonds or walnuts for a crunch - if no one is alergic to nuts.

      I often do 2 sides, even if it's just the 2 of us for dinner. With a larger crowd, 2 sides would be quite appropriate.

    2. Well, of course you already have rice, so I agree that a basic green vegetable would work - like the aforementioned green beans, with or without almonds. Also a good old plain mixed green salad - perhaps with a mix of different olives, tomatoes, etc., etc. And a good warm crusty bread is never out of style with any meal. Perhaps with an herbed olive oil for dipping.

      1. I'd do some okra. sauteed really fast with salt and oil.

        1. beans dont feel right with this highly seasoned, rich rice dish. It will have plenty of veg in it too, wont it (onions, peppers?) Id vote for some thing green and fresh providing a color and texture contrast , from salad to grilled broccoli or asparagus to the green beans someone else mentioned.

          1. What's the culture of your rice with chicken?

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              1. re: Gail

                This Ecuadorian blogger suggests
                http://laylita.com/recipes/2008/11/18...
                " serve with ripe fried plantains, a small salad, pickled onions, avocado slices, and hot sauce on the side."

                1. re: paulj

                  Second the plantains maduro or maybe some yucca with mojo

                  1. re: scubadoo97

                    If you're feeling lazy but craving platanos de maduro, the frozen Goya ones are easy and pretty good - just nuke 'em.

                    1. re: Veggo

                      I've purchased them on occasion. The tostones I was not too keen on