Save time and money with a quick and healthy family meal.


With budgets tight for many families, a local chef shares a recipe for a healthy family meal for under $20.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Times are tough and money is tight for many of us these days, so we here at First Coast News do our best to help you. Saturday morning on Good Morning Jacksonville, Rich Donnelly and Robert Speta were joined by chef Esteban Azofeifa of El Cubano Jax for a cooking demonstration.

Chef Esteban has prepared a chicken and rice dish for 5 people and can be prepared in less than 20 minutes. Plus, all the ingredients were purchased for less than $20. Think of the time and money you could save by cooking meals like this at home!

While it’s a healthy, quick and affordable meal, it’s also a recipe that comes from the heart.

“This recipe was passed down to me from my grandmother to my mother,” Azofeifa said, “and it was the recipe ‘I don’t feel like cooking this week, I don’t feel like putting everything “time, lack of money was always a factor. So my mom always did it for us and I still do it for my family to this day.

Chef Esteban is also the star chef at Lemon Street Brewing Company in Jacksonville and brings his food truck to 904 popup events.

The main ingredients in this recipe are: chicken, rice, peppers, peas, chicken broth (can also replace vegetable broth or water), onions, salt, pepper, cumin and tomato sauce. After sautéing the onions and peppers, all the ingredients were cooked in a rice cooker for 15 minutes.

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