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Cafe Rio Rice (gf, df)

This recipe is also adapted from one from my mother in law. This recipe also makes a LOT of rice, but the quantities go perfectly with the amount for Cafe Rio Pork.

This recipe calls for some ingredients to go into the blender (half an onion, half a bunch of cilantro, etc.) To make my life easier, I usually just double the ingredients that go in the blender and freeze half for another use to avoid wasting anything. I’ve included the doubled recipe at the bottom if you want to freeze half.

(all these pictures are from the doubled recipe)

Cafe Rio Rice
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1/2 onion, roughly chopped
1/2 bunch cilantro (I usually remove about half of the stem length)
4 small-ish cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
1 small can green chilies
3/4 tsp salt
4 tsp or 4 cubes chicken bouillon* (be sure it’s gluten free–I use Organic Better Than Bouillon)
4 c water
2 c white rice


In a blender or food processor, combine onion, cilantro, garlic, chiles, and salt. (if your blender struggles to really blend this properly, feel free to add 1 c water to the mixture and reduce the amount of water you add later to 3 c). When blender mixture is well combined, add with water and bouillon to a large pot. Bring mixture to a boil. Add rice and reduce to very low simmer. Stir occassionally, and simmer about 45 minutes or until all the water is absorbed.

1 small onion, roughly chopped
1 bunch of cilantro
7-8 smallish garlic cloves, roughly chopped
2 small cans green chilies.
1 1/2 tsp salt

Directions: Place all ingredients in blender or food processor. Divide mixture in half, placing one half in a freezer-safe ziploc bag. Remove as much air as possible from the bag, then place in the freezer for another use.

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