May 13, 2013

Cilantro Lime Rice

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Cinco de Mayo may be over, but that doesn't stop me from still consuming mass amounts of Mexican food. And what better to pair it all with than this tasty, simple side dish. Most recently we had it with the Black Bean Spinach Enchiladas and it was fantastic. If you like a bold lime flavor, go with two tablespoons juice or more. I usually add the juice from one large lime because I love the flavor and freshness. You can even add lime zest for an additional flavor boost. If you want to fancy it up a little, other possible additions are sweet corn, jalapeno, green onion, or garlic just to name a few. Check out the 40+ Mexican Made Meatless recipes if you want more ideas on what to pair this with!


Vegan, gluten-free

Ingredients
1 cup uncooked white basmati rice
1-2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
3/4 cup cilantro, stems removed and roughly chopped
Salt to taste
Optional add-ins: lime zest, sweet corn, jalapeno, green onion, garlic

Directions
Cook rice according to package instructions. Let sit for about 10 minutes.
In a bowl, add cooked rice, cilantro, and lime juice. (The heat from the rice will slightly wilt the cilantro.)
Stir well to combine. Salt to taste.

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21 comments:

  1. I love cilantro! This looks great, and so simple. :)

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  2. wow this looks so good!! i love cilantro with lime!

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    1. Cilantro-lime is a combo that's hard to beat! :)

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  3. Making this tomorrow with fiesta stuffed peppers!!:)

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    1. OH YUM! Fiesta stuffed pepper sound amazing. This should go great - enjoy!

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  4. Could this be made with more mexican flavored chicken
    Or could I make this with Taco Bake (homemade tortilla's, seasoned meat and cheese. layered and baked up.
    HMMMMM Thanks for another way to fix RICE!!!!

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    1. You're welcome! There's definitely a wide variety of dishes this rice can be paired with. Enjoy! :)

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  5. Do you think this would taste just as good with quinoa or brown/wild rice?

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    1. Hi Morgan! You know... I've tried this with quinoa and to me, it just wasn't the same. Maybe you'd enjoy it more than we did however! I have yet to try it with brown or wild rice, so that may be worth a shot. I'll try that next time. Let me know if you give it a go! :)

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    2. Morgan and Kaitlin, I make this quite a bit with brown basmati rice. I fell in love with Chipotle in college, so after I graduated and moved back to my hometown (where our closest Chipotle is an hour and a half away), I decided to try to copycat their recipes. ;) Anyway, I can honestly say yes, this recipe works very well with brown rice. The only thing I would say is that you'll probably need to add more lime juice to brighten it up, since brown rice has an earthier flavor.

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    3. Awesome! Chipotle is amazing. We're spoiled and have one within a 2-3 minute drive from our house ;)

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  6. I am trying this tonight with the spinach black bean enchiladas. So happy I found your blog. I recently became a pescetarian so this is a lot of help with recipes and finding something different and yummy. :)

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    1. Hi there! Hooray! So glad you're enjoying the site and finding things to try. Hope you loved the rice and enchiladas last night! :D

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  7. I liked this, but the flavor was very subtle.

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    1. Hi! Glad to hear you liked it. I agree it's a simple, subtle flavor. I love to add extra lime juice, and I also listed some suggestions for other additions to boost the flavor if that's what you're looking for. A versatile side dish with easy customization! :)

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  8. This is my favorite part of what I order at Chipotle. Now we can enjoy at home. Thanks

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    1. You're welcome! Hope you love it as much as Chipotle's!

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    2. Why would anyone cook with white rice? White rice is the name given to milled rice that has had its husk, bran, and germ removed. This alters the flavor, texture and appearance of the rice and helps prevent spoilage and extend its storage life. After milling, the rice is polished, resulting in a seed with a bright, white, shiny appearance.

      The milling and polishing processes both remove important nutrients. A diet based on unenriched white rice leaves people vulnerable to the neurological disease beriberi, due to a deficiency of thiamine.

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