Argentine Rice Veggie Salad

We are very happy to announce yet another milestone for Chef Koochooloo, and our little Delarai.

The Marinero Castro School will be holding their famous annual fundraiser Walkathon on Friday, October 1oth. This will be Delarai’s first ever Walkathon, (she is very excited and is planning to do at least 5 laps). Chef Koochooloo has been invited to host a table offering healthy vegetarian food options for all participants.  We have selected a few Argentinian specialities that we’ll teach and cook with the kids at the YMCA after school program at Castro. What better way to involve the kids in fundraising efforts for their own school?

Of course, we’ll follow the usual Chef Koochooloo lesson plan, teaching kids all about Argentina fun facts, and social issues, while enforcing healthy food choices.

A very special thanks to Mr. Ebin and the team from the “Rose International Gourmet Market”, who donated a few ingredients to the school for the recipe below. The list (fully explored in the INGREDIENTS section) includes rice, fresh carrots, nutritious  celery!

Rose International Gourmet Market

Rose International Gourmet Market

A special thanks to Venus Kalami and Rachel Zarrow from Clearly Kombucha for donating a few cases of the amazing  healthy ice teas for the Walkathon.  We will be selling those at the Chef Koochooloo table on Friday from 2-6pm, or find out more about the health benefits of Kambucha on their Facebook Page.

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Clearly Kombucha is ready to refresh with its delicious beverages!

We will be offering healthy, exotic and delicious options at the Walkathon. If you are local, stop by and visit us at the booth, while supporting the Mariano Castro Elementary School!

And for those of you who are not local, here a sneak peak and one of the recipes we’ll be featuring. Enjoy!

Country we are exploring:  Argentina

Continent:  South America

Language(s) spoken: Spanish

English Recipe Name: Argentine Rice Veggie Salad

Spanish Name:   Ensalada Argentina de Arroz con Vegetales

Fun Fact about Argentina:

The first animated cartoon was created by an Argentine cartoonist named Quirino Cristiani. These movies were released to the public many years ago, in 1917 and 1918.

Did you know?

Argentina suffers from inflation. Inflation means that the cost of goods and services goes up very quickly. For instance, if a piece of candy costs $1.00 today, with inflation it could possibly cost $1.50 the next week.

Discussion ideas: How can inflation affect what ingredients families buy for dinner?

Our Ingredient Spotlight today is the PEA

Our Ingredient Spotlight today is the PEA

Ingredient spotlight: Peas

Peas have a variety of excellent health benefits for example they have anti-aging, properties and they also benefit the immune system making it stronger, finally they help the body maintain a high level of energy.


  • ½ Cup White Rice
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 carrot (cut into cubes)
  • ¼ cup of extra virgin oil
  • 2 teaspoons of Red Wine Vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup of corn kernel
  • 1 cup of frozen peas
  • 2 stalks of celery (chopped finely)
  • 1 small red onion (sliced in small pieces)

Big Chef Duties:

  • Chop celery very finely, leave some pieces for garnishing
  • Bring water to a boil
  • Add rice to water saucepan and cook for about 17 minutes
  • Add carrot to second saucepan of boiling water and cook for 2 minutes
  • Transfer cooked carrots to a bowl
  • Add peas to boiling water (where the carrots cooked) and cook for a minute
  • Transfer cooked peas to carrot bowl with vinegar
  • Add the rice to the bowl

Little Chef Duties:

  • Cut carrots into cubes
  • Cut onion in small pieces
  • Open can of peas
  • Fill a saucepan with salted water
  • Add 2 tablespooons of olive oil, vinegar and oregano to bowl with cooked carrots
  • Add the celery and the onion to the bowl
  • Season with salt and pepper

Cook Rice

Learn while you wait: (Introduce a Math, history or science related fact)

Water covers around 70% of the Earth’s surface, and it is essential for sustaining life on Earth.


  • Place salad in a preferred bowl and ad some garnish celery to it

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As they say in Argentina:

Buen Provecho!


Tah Dig (Persian Rice)


This is a traditional specialty from Persian Cuisine.

Recipe Name: Tah Dig

National Language: Farsi, Dari, Tajijki

Why little chefs love Iran? Food is only a traditional part of the Iranian culture. Children would love the history behind every dish and culture behind it.

What are some of the problems children in Iran face? Poverty and lack of healthcare is one of the main issues irianian children face everyday. But thanks to “The Foundation for the Children of Iran” there is help for those in need. Visit their website and learn more about the foundation and how it works.

Why is this recipe special?  This recipe is a specialty of the Persian Cuisine. It’s crispy and it cooks slowly. The name comes from the Persian word that means “bottom of the pot” and it is traditionally served in a dinner with special guests. It’s ingredients include saffron, bread, potato and variations also include vegetables.

Ingredient Spotlight Saffron-based pigments have been found in prehistoric paints used to illustrate beasts in 50,000 year-old cave art found in modern-day Iraq, which was even the northwest of the Persian Empire.

Ingredient Spotlight
Saffron-based pigments have been found in prehistoric paints used to illustrate beasts in 50,000 year-old cave art found in modern-day Iraq, which was even the northwest of the Persian Empire.


  • Jasmin Rice (2 cups)
  • Saffron (1 large pinch)
  • Canola Oil (3 tablespoons)
  • Turmeric (1 tablespoon)

Little Chef Prep Work:

  • Drain the rice in a large bowl and rinse several times until water is clear.
  • Leave rice to soak in a bowl with water and a pinch of salt for about 20 minutes, meanwhile put a pot with 4 cups of water in the stove and get it to boil. Reserve some of the water that you used to soak the rice for future use.
  • After soaking the rice drain it and add it to the boiling water. After this allow it to cook covered in medium heat for about 8 minutes.
  • Take rice out and rinse it in cold water to stop the cooking.
  • Meanwhile dissolve the saffron in hot water with a spoon and leave aside.
  • Get a large skillet and add the oil. Heat it to medium heat and add the saffron liquid. Swirl the mix until the bottom is fully covered.
  • Is time to get the rice back into the skillet and make sure that the entire bottom is totally covered. Poke holes into the rice but be careful not go all the way down. Leave the rice to cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes cover the lid with a towel and close it. The towel will catch the moisture from the rice and make it have the perfect consistency. Leave it to cook for about 35 minutes until you hear a sizzling sound coming out of the skillet.
  • Finally to serve remove the lid and place a plate on the top. This will give the final presentation to the dish.


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