Friday, July 9, 2010

Cilantro Lime Rice

This week I have not been very original or exciting when it comes to cooking. It has been so nice outside (and so HOT inside) that I don't really want to cook that much.

One thing I have made is Cilantro rice with grilled chicken. This was o.k. - it was a nice spin on white rice and I would make it again but its not really something to brag about.

Cilantro Lime Rice

1 cup long grain rice
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons water, divided
½ tsp. salt
½ cup fresh cilantro
2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 clove garlic, chopped

Combine the rice, 2 cups water and salt in a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stir briefly, cover and reduce the heat to low. Let cook, covered, until the water is absorbed and rice is fluffy and tender, 16-18 minutes.
(Cooking time can vary depending on the brand of rice. Check the package directions.)

While the rice is cooking, combine the cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, garlic and 2 tablespoons water in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Stir the mixture into the cooked rice and fluff with a fork.

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