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cilantro lime brown rice.

7 random things to do while waiting for rice to cook:

1.  Call your grandma.

2.  Sort though an unorganized drawer in your kitchen and find some really cool gadgets you haven’t used in years.

3.  Uncork a bottle of Ste. Chateau Michelle Chardonnay.  Good stuff.

4.  Polish your teapot.

5.  Start a list of things you’re thankful for.  For reals – I want to start doing this since Book Club is reading this book.

6.  Plan next week’s menu.

7.  Have a spontaneous tea party with your (newly!) 4 year old and her beloved stuffed animals.

If you need a new way to spice up your rice (literally), this recipe is easy and doesn’t require too many fancy ingredients.  You may already have limes and cilantro in your fridge from this salad recipe or these green chile enchiladas.

We’re talking versatile.  Serve with grilled chicken or steak, tacos, fajitas or black beans.

An easy and nutritious crowd-pleaser that’s oh -so-tasty and will leave you with a full belly and clean teapot in the end!

So, what do you do while you wait for your rice to cook?

Cilantro Lime Brown Rice

(serves 4)

What You’ll Need:

1 cup brown rice, uncooked

1 cup water

1 cup chicken broth

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

juice from 1 lime

1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

2 teaspoons sugar

salt and pepper


In a small sauce pan set over medium-high heat combine water, broth and butter until boiling.  Stir in brown rice.  Bring to a boil, then cover and turn down to low for 40-50 minutes or until tender.  Separately, heat olive oil in a skillet and add onion and garlic.  Saute until onion is tender, about 5 minutes.  Add lime juice, cilantro and sugar and stir until fragrant, then turn off heat.  Once rice is cooked, toss with the cilantro and onion mixture.  Season with salt and pepper.  Serve warm.

TOTAL:  $1.96 or $.49 per serving.

Wondering how on earth I arrived at these costs?  Take a look at my shopping guide to show see what I pay for items, per serving, etc.


202 calories per serving

7.5 grams of fat

29 carbs

4 grams protein

1.5 grams of fiber

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5 Comments Post a comment
  1. I really like simple recipes like this. I might actually try this, although unless it’s boxed risotto (which probably doesn’t count) I don’t think I’ve ever cooked rice without the aid of a rice cooker. 🙂

    February 26, 2012
    • You can do it! It’s super simple! Give it a whirl…

      February 27, 2012
  2. Or, just use the time to cook whatever you are planning to eat on or with your rice.

    February 27, 2012
  3. That’s an impressive amount of things to do whilst waiting for rice – commendable :D. It seems that you are also economic with your time. That rice sounds truly yummy :D. It would make a rather tasty and healthy lunch.

    February 27, 2012
  4. The book you recommended looks great! Am going to check it out. As for the recipe, I think I’ll be making it tomorrow night – thanks for the great idea!

    February 27, 2012

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