Cilantro Lime Rice

This is another great recipe from Culinary Hill. It is spot on for Chipotle’s white rice…this is my standard rice for any tex-mex-ish type dish. Amazing.

What you need

  •  2 cups of uncooked white rice
  • water to cook the rice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • 2 TBSP finely chopped cilantro
  • 2 tsp salt

What to do:

Cook the rice with the salt and bay leaf on the stove or your rice cooker – yes, add that bay leaf to the rice while it cooks. Once the rice is cooked, remove the bay leaf and mix in the lime juice, lemon juice and salt. That’s it.

For the citrus juice, fresh is probably better…but being a working mom with a husband and two kids and two dogs and a house and on and on, I have neither the time nor desire to maintain a stash of fresh citrus and procure the juice from them when I need a few tablespoons. It’s just one more thing to do and clean up in dinner prep during a busy week. The literal and proverbial juice just isn’t worth the squeeze, considering my 2 and 4 year old diners do not have that sensitive a palate and my husband wants whatever is easiest for me (read: results in dinner on the table with the least amount of grumbling from me). Maybe if I was cooking for James Beard or the President, I’d splurge on the fresh stuff but making it with lemon and lime juice concentrate turns out really good, so why bother. YMMV.

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