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Super Easy Cilantro-Lime Rice Recipe: Copycat Chipotle – Make a huge batch and freeze the extras in individual portions. 

Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe - make a bunch and freeze the extras

A few years ago I posted a recipe for Cilantro-Lime Rice, which you can make on the stove. I love making HUGE batches of this and freezing individual portions. Just reheat in the microwave and you have a perfect side dish, main dish, in a rice bowl with chicken or steak, in burritos, or as a nacho topping.

I am also totally in love with my rice cooker, so recently I’ve been doing it the super-easy way. Just prepare the rice in the steamer using jasmine rice and chicken broth (instead of water, for more flavor). After it’s cooked, stir in fresh squeezed lime juice, freshly grated lime zest, and chopped cilantro leaves. Fresh and easy.

My rice cooker holds 3 cups dry rice (which ends up being around 6 cups after cooking), so you can adjust this recipe accordingly.

If you prefer the stovetop method instead of a rice cooker, here’s my original recipe for Cilantro-Lime Rice.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Jasmine rice (I used 3 cups per batch)
  • Chicken or Vegetable broth (I used 2 cups per batch)
  • Limes (I used 2-3 per batch)
  • Fresh cilantro (I used the leaves from half of one bunch per batch)
  • Optional: Sea Salt, to taste

WHAT YOU DO:

Measure dry rice and rinse under water (to keep the rice from getting too sticky), then drain.

Add rinsed rice to cooker and add chicken broth to the line indicated on your cooker.

Cook according to manufacturer instructions (on mine, this means just put a lid on it and press the ON button). While rice is cooking, rough-chop the cilantro leaves.

After rice has finished, pour cooked rice into a large mixing bowl. Stir in cilantro, the juice and zest from the limes.

Optional: add salt, to taste.

TO FREEZE: Cool finished rice then place in freezer-safe, microwavable containers, in whatever portions you will need, and mark the date with a Sharpie (keeps up to 3 months). To reheat, remove lid, sprinkle the frozen rice with 1-2 Tbs. water, cover with a damp paper towel and microwave for 1-3 minutes depending on the portion size. Fluff gently then repeat. Let stand for a couple of minutes before fluffing once more and serving. Or, to save freezer space, use ziplocks (instead of containers), flatten the ziplocks down, and put in a microwave-safe dish before reheating.

Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe - freezer friendly and so easy just use a rice cooker and it is perfect

Easy Homemade Gravy Recipe

Simple Gravy - perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any comfort food recipe

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 3 Tbs butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3 Tbs all-purpose flour
  • 3 c. turkey or chicken stock (I thawed some of my homemade chicken stock for this recipe)
  • A dash of poultry seasoning (or your own combination of thyme, sage, marjoram, rosemary, black pepper, and/or nutmeg)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Optional garnish: chopped flat leaf parsley

WHAT YOU DO:

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and sprinkle with flour. Let bubble for 30 seconds. Slowly whisk in the stock until smooth.

Bring to a simmer, add poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until thickened.

Garnish with parsley (optional) and serve.

recipe adapted from RachaelRay.com

wire whisk

I am pretty excited about Thanksgiving, you guys. The past few years when we have hosted I cheated and ordered pre-made meals from our local grocery store (gasp!). LOL. This year I am going all homemade. Well, except for the pumpkin pies. I plan on making frozen ones and throwing Cool Whip on top. Baby steps, right?!?

Here’s what I came up with.

The menu…

Thanksgiving 2015 Menu

My shopping list…

grocery list THANKSGIVING 2015

Here are the recipes:

Stuffed Turkey Breast wrapped with bacon. Because, well, bacon.

Stuffed Turkey Breast Wrapped in Bacon - baked on top of harvest vegetables

Herbed Mashed Potatoes. You can start these ahead of time on the day before Thanksgiving. Herbed Mashed Potatoes Recipe - Yukon gold potatoes with half and half and butter - So easy and super delicious

Homemade Gravy. I used some of the homemade chicken stock I stashed in the freezer.

Simple Gravy - perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any comfort food recipe

Simple Stuffing with white wine. You can dry the bread cubes and cook the veggies a day in advance.

Simple Stuffing Recipe - so easy but so delicious

Green Bean Casserole. A Thanksgiving tradition. I am going with old school canned soup and canned green beans. Don’t judge. 🙂

Pumpkin pie and whipped topping. Straight out of the freezer section. After all of the other recipes I don’t want to think about baking pies. Did you know you can order pumpkin pies online from Amazon? For the low low price of $55 or so. Um, yikes.

Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Glass Stemware Forte Collection

personalized napkins

Lenox French Perle Tidbit