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Taco Tuesday is here!!  For me this is definately a favorite.  I love, love, love anything with a Mexican/Tex-Mex flair, so a whole day devoted just to tacos sounds like a perfect day.  

It is so much more than just tacos

I know tacos should be the star of Taco Tuesday but to me the sides are just as important (if not even more).  I love the chips, the salsa, the queso (like this one) and of course the beans and rice.  

Now I am all about the more traditional Red Rice but I am obsessed this Cilantro Lime Rice.   It is AMAZING!

So much flavor in so little time

My sweet sis-in-law, Mary, was the first one who made this dish.  We were having fajitas at their house and she whipped up this delicious rice.  I loved how quick it came together and how delicious it was.  

I am always so impressed by her.  She is the mom of a 3 year old and almost 2 year old so anytime she can throw together a quick side and it is AMAZING I am all in.

PS…and it is pretty

The white rice is studded with bright green making it a beautiful dish all on it own.  I also topped it with a bit if chili lime seasoning for a little extra color and fun.    

You could also mix in some black beans if you wanted to make a super yummy side.  You could also mix in some roasted red peppers and onions.  Maybe even some chopped avocado.  The possibilities are endless.

6 - 8 servings

Cilantro Lime Rice

Rice loaded with tons of flavor in no time, making it a perfect weeknight side for dinner tonight

5 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups long grain rice (white or brown)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups chicken stock (or water)
  • 3 limes juiced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped

Directions

  • Preheat olive oil in a saucepan with a lid
  • Add in onion and cook until it begins to soften, about 5-6 minutes
  • Stir in garlic, rice salt & pepper cooking for another 3-4 minutes
  • Stir in chicken stock and bring to a slow boil
  • Reduce to a simmer and cover pot, cooking for 20-25 minutes or until rice is tender
  • Fluff with a fork
  • When ready to serve stir in lime juice and cilantro
  • Serve immediately
  • ENJOY!

Notes

You can add in more or less lime, adjusting to your taste.

If cilantro is not your favorite you can use parsley if you wanted.

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http://sparklesnsprouts.com/2017/06/26/cilantro-lime-rice/
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Calories
167 cal
Fat
4 g
Carbs
28 g
Protein
3 g


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Let’s talk about the cilantro

Ok, I know some don’t like cilantro at all.  If you just can’t handle it then use parsley if you want.  The freshness of the herb really does help bring a great brightness to the dish.  I do highly recommend the cilantro though.

Make sure and let me know if you make this…post a picture and tag me @sparklesnsprouts on Instagram or on my Facebook page.

 


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