Cilantro Lime Brown Rice

In these warm (understatement of the year) summer months, I’ve been craving light, refreshing meals. This week cilantro was on my brain. I do love me some Qdoba, so I decided to attempt a healthier-homemade naked burrito bowl at home, complete with cilantro-lime brown rice.

Inspired by this Two Peas & Their Pod cilantro-lime rice, I decided to make a healthier version by substituting brown rice for white. The flavor was spot on and since it was brown rice, I didn’t feel half as guilty by going back for seconds.

here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup uncooked long-grain brown rice
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lime
  • 1 (15 ounce) can vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
In a saucepan add the rice, butter, garlic, 2 teaspoons of lime juice, broth and water, stir to combine. Bring the rice mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 40 minutes, until rice is tender. While rice is cooking, whisk 1 Tablespoon lime juice and cilantro together in a small bowl. When rice is ready, remove it from the heat and pour the lime/cilantro mixture over the rice, mixing it in as you fluff the rice. Serve immediately.

Cilantro Lime Brown Rice

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Cilantro Lime Brown Rice

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked long-grain brown rice
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lime
  • 1 (15 ounce) can vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan add the rice, butter, garlic, 2 teaspoons of lime juice, broth and water, stir to combine. Bring the rice mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 40 minutes, until rice is tender.
  2. While rice is cooking, whisk 1 Tablespoon lime juice and cilantro together in a small bowl.
  3. When rice is ready, remove it from the heat and pour the lime/cilantro mixture over the rice, mixing it in as you fluff the rice.
  4. Serve immediately.
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