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!


Christmas Potato Salad

The Slovak Republic is a landlocked state in Central Europe. It has a population of over five million and an area of about 49,000 square kilometres

The Slovak Republic is a landlocked state in Central Europe. It has a population of over five million and an area of about 49,000 square kilometers. Slovakia has a natural beauty reflected in its caves.

Name of Recipe in English: Christmas Potato salad

Name of Recipe in local language: Vianocny zemiakovy salat

Continent: Europe

National Language: Slovak

Why kids would love Slovakia: CAVES! – so unusual that UNESCO named several of Slovakia’s caves “World Heritage Sites”. The top 12 of the country’s 4,000 caves can easily be toured — no spelunking skills required. See a rare aragonite cave (only 3 in the world admit visitors) with flowerlike formations. Or learn the meaning of “chill out” in two ice caves. Spectacular stagmites, stalactites and underground rivers, including a real River Styx, await you.

Why is this recipe special? This recipe was shared with us by Milos, a great friend that says this is traditional and special recipe since his family eat this food every christmas, ever since I he was born. That’s a tradition worth sharing!

Why Big Chefs Care: Balancing this recipe with a healthy mayo allows to enjoy all the vegetables that taste, oh so AWESOME!

Why Little Chefs Care: There is a great tradition from Slovakia. Kids will love it. In Slovakia you don’t have to wait until morning to open your presents, the presents are given on the Christmas eve! Who wouldn’t love that?

There are about 5,000 potato varieties worldwide. Three thousand of them are found in the Andes alone, mainly in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, and Colombia.

There are about 5,000 potato varieties worldwide. Three thousand of them are found in the Andes alone, mainly in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, and Colombia.


  • Potatoes (4)
  • Carrots (3)
  • Eggs (2)
  • Peas (1 cup)
  • Mayo (3-6 spoonfuls )

Instructions (Big Chef will judge in which steps little chef can help)

Start by boiling the unpeeled potatoes and 3 peeled carrots, in salted water. While doing this also hard boil 2 eggs.

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The carrots are done once they get soft (check them occasionally poking them with a fork). After they are done slice the carrots into thin quarter circle wedges. Take the potatoes out of the water when they are cooked through (also poke them with a fork to be sure). After that peel the potatoes and cut them in small squares. And vegetables in a pot.

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The final steps are to add the eggs and the mayo. Start with 3 spoonfuls and continue adding until flavor satisfies your family! (In Milos’ secret recipe, the ideal quantity is to add 6 spoonfuls)

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Mix everything well together and if necessary add salt to it. Let it sit in the fridge for a few hours before serving.

And now Vesele vianoce! (Merry Christmas!)

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