Cilantro Lime Rice
Taco Tuesdays are my favorite. However, we will gladly eat Mexican food any night of the week. It is delicious, customizable, fresh, and surprisingly simple! We always have corn and flour tortillas on hand. The corn tortillas are for Rob, and the flour tortillas are for me. I can tolerate corn tortillas, but flour tortillas win by a landslide in my book! Who else agrees?! Another key ingredient we disagree on—sour cream vs crema. Sour cream is my preference. I can do without crema altogether because it is too runny. Crema reminds me of sour cream that has gone bad.
There are several other staple ingredients we often keep stocked in addition to tortillas and sour cream. These include: cheese (preferably pepper jack cheese or queso fresco), canned beans or refried beans, rice, salsas, taco sauce, peppers, onions, cilantro, limes, and lettuce. Our style of cooking may not be authentic Mexican, but it is still pretty darn delicious. I’m telling you, taco night is a big deal at our house. I often end up piling on lots of sautéed peppers and onions, beans, and lettuce, so that my taco turns into more of a salad. Veggies = LOVE!
One of our favorite accompaniments to tacos or as an addition to homemade burrito bowls is cilantro lime rice. It is a vibrant side and adds a punch of flavor compared to plain rice. For this recipe, you need to use a long grain rice so the grains are separate, light, and fluffy when cooked. You do not want sticky rice that clumps together when cooked. We cook all of our rice using a rice cooker, so we are very spoiled. It truly cooks our rice perfectly every time, including brown rice. For this recipe, you are certainly welcome to use long-grain brown rice. Brown rice is a whole grain, which means it contains all three of its original components:
1. Bran - the outermost covering of the grain and contains the majority of the fiber.
2. Endosperm -the predominant portion of the grain and contributes vitamin and is mostly comprised of carbohydrates.
3. Germ - the embryo and contains vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats.
White rice has been milled to remove the bran and germ. Therefore, brown rice is the best choice from a nutritional standpoint because it contains higher levels of vitamins and minerals compared to white rice. Brown rice also contains more fiber, which is so so good for gut health. I have so much to write on this at a later time…gut health is instrumental in overall health. For this recipe though, either will do.
Whether it’s Taco Tuesday or you just want some homemade Mexican, give this recipe a try. It is a favorite at our house, and I hope you love it too!
Cilantro Lime Rice
1 ½ cups dry long-grain white rice
Water to cook rice, amount based on the package or rice cooker directions
1 Tbsp chopped green onion
2/3 cup chopped cilantro
Juice of 2 limes (about 2-3 Tbsp)
½ tsp sugar
½ tsp salt
In a rice cooker or on the stove, prepare rice according to package directions.
Once the rice is cooked, fluff with a fork. Let cool slightly and stir in the remaining ingredients. Serve with your favorite Mexican foods.