Cilantro-Lime Rice

All my friends know how much I love Chipotle. A couple years back, Chipotle had a BOGO deal and my friends forever remember me as the girl who carries stashes of those printable coupons in her purse. I literally ate Chipotle for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even as my midnight snack. But racking up the high calories that come with my favorite chicken burrito bowl is definitely a sobering factor. This lime-cilantro rice has all the flavors that you love about Chipotle but without the fattening calories. The addition of black beans and purple rice makes this an easy and healthy meal that you can put together in under 10 minutes (minus the cooking of the rice). It’s great warmed up and when you refrigerate it, just let it sit at room temperature before eating! Adapted from the original recipe here.

Purple rice, if you’re not familiar with this colored rice, has an outer coating of black bran that gives it that lovely purple color. It has a nutty flavor, full of dietary fiber, and it contains no fat! The best part for me is that purple rice contains a lot of B Vitamins. These vitamins have an extensive list of benefits, some of which include: lowering stress, increasing energy levels, helping your memory, relieving PMS, and helping reduce the risk of heart-disease. You can get this vitamin-packed rice at most asian supermarkets and most health/organic food stores (i.e. Sprouts).

Ingredients Needed:

1 Can* of Black Beans
1 Cup of Frozen/Canned* Corn
1 Large Tomato
2 Large Scallions
3-4 Tbsps. of Cilantro / 3-4 Tsps. of Dried Cilantro (to your liking)
1 Lime
1 1/2 Cups of Cooked Purple Rice
Sprinkle of Salt

*Be sure to rinse the canned product under water to lower the sodium levels before warming it up.

Directions:

  1. After rinsing the canned beans (and canned corn if used), warm up the beans, corn and rice.
  2. Dice the tomato and scallions as the beans, corn, and rice are warming up.
  3. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients together and sprinkle salt/pepper as desired.
  4. Mix well and garnish with a lime wedge.

Note: I especially love citrus so I’m always heavy-handed with my lemons/limes. So please keep that in mind and feel free to adjust to your own personal preference! Less is always a great way to start because you can always add vs. putting in too much.

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XX. Tiffany

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