Nothing like Fresh Cilantro
to Perk Up Your Day!
After a small little suggestion by one of my daughters while eating at a Chipotle restaurant, "We should learn how to make their rice that they put in their burritos. " In total agreement as I was savoring every bite, the challenge was on.
So I snooped around the internet to see if I could come up with any direction. Most of what I found called for just a few ingredients and it seemed easy enough.
Last summer I tried it, I loved it and I have been making it ever since! It has gotten a 2 thumbs up rating with my family and so I am sharing it with you. Because we all need a perk me up as we patiently wait for Spring and Summer. A little green goodness will do it for you every time!
This is my version of:
Copycat recipe for Chipotle's Rice
2 1/2 cups of Water
1 cup Natural Long Grain Brown Rice
1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive oil
1 teaspoon Jane's Crazy Mixed-Up Salt
1 Tablespoon Lime juice
1/4 cup chopped Cilantro
Add water, rice, olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon of salt to medium sauce pan. Set timer for 35 minutes. Bring rice to a boil then turn down to lowest possible setting and let simmer. I have a special burner for simmer that works great. At 35 minutes I check the rice to see how much water is left in the pan. You need to watch it carefully the last few minutes of cooking so that it doesn't burn. I have found My rice usually needs about 5 more minutes to cook until it is tender. If there is still water covering the rice I let my rice cook for 2 more minutes and then turn off the burner and let it sit with the lid on for the last 3 minutes to finish cooking.
When rice is cooked to perfection, remove from heat and add 1 tablespoon of lime juice, remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt and stir gently. Place rice in a glass dish and place in refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes to cool slightly. Add chopped Cilantro and gently stir again.
Taste test to see if you might need another little sprinkling of salt.
Enjoy with your favorite Taco meat, Cheese, toppings and tortillas.