Cilantro Lime Rice

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I don’t eat out a whole lot.  And when I do eat out, I try and avoid the fast food trap.  But sometimes, every so often, I indulge.  As a creature of habit, my fast food weaknesses usually take the form of either a Whopper Jr. with Cheese from BK or the Carnitas Burrito Bowl from Chipotle. I can’t defend either of these choices.  They are just what calls to me from the menu board.  They are the sirens that I cannot ignore.

Like secret lovers, we meet randomly.  I get my fix and then try to forget how good it is.  I will go weeks, months, without a taste of rice perfumed with cilantro and lime or flamed broiled goodness.  But I always end up going back for more.

Is there any hope for me or am I destined to live a life of fast food loving shame?  Should I don a scarlet letter to denote my flaw?  Or can I somehow be forgiven for these weaknesses?  When y’all have decided my fate, let me know.  But don’t be surprised if you have to track me down at Chipotle to tell me.  I’m a sucker for those burrito bowls like you wouldn’t believe.

Cilantro Lime Rice

Adapted from Annie’s Eats

BAH Note: My first impression of this rice is that it’s nice but not exactly as good as what the folks at Chipotle serve up.  Somehow, their rice is drier and not as sticky as mine was.  But in a pinch, when I can’t sneak out to secretly rendezvous with my beloved Chipotle’s, this will get me through.

  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons water, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan.  Add the rice and stir.  Return to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to a simmer.  Cook for 15 to 20 minutes until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender.

While the rice cooks, place the cilantro, 2 tablespoons water, lime juice, olive oil, and salt in the bowl of a food processor.  Blend until smooth and set aside

Once the rice has cooked, add the cilantro lime mixture and butter to the rice and stir to combine.

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