It’s not often that my kids get excited over side dishes. When it’s just plain rice and steamed broccoli, who can really blame them? But this…this rice! Now this is something to get excited over.
Even though I’m usually throwing rice and water in a saucepan at top speed, desperately hoping that it will be ready so we can eat before leaving for some activity or another, I’ve decided that I must regularly work five extra minutes into dinnertime prep to sauté some onion, garlic and spices to pep up the rice.
This is the same rice that I served underneath the Spice Rubbed Lime Salmon Recipe that I told you about earlier this week. They were meant for each other!
I’m even okay with admitting that the other side dish was “the usual”…steamed broccoli. But my kids didn’t care because both the salmon and the rice were winners in every sense. The taste, the novelty and the taste again.
While this works beautifully with the spiced salmon, I guarantee that I will be tucking it into enchiladas and tacos, and serving it alongside southwestern roast chicken and spiced roasted cauliflower.
I made this recipe in a saucepan, but next time I’m going to sauté the onions, garlic and spices in a skillet, then transfer them to a rice cooker with the brown rice and water. A perfect time-saver!
If you want to use a rice cooker, this is my favorite one.
Other recipes with lime:
Cookin’ Canuck’s Grilled Chicken Tenders with Chipotle Lime Yogurt
Cookin’ Canuck’s Jicama & Carrot Slaw with Honey-Lime Dressing
Foodiecrush’s Mango Margarita with Chile Salt & Lime
The Food Charlatan’s Cilantro-Lime Cucumber Salad
Naturally Ella’s Grilled Cumin-Lime Zucchini Quesadilla
- 1 tsp olive oil
- ½ onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 cup brown rice
- 2 cups water
- Juice of ½ lime
- ¼ cup minced cilantro
- Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan set over medium heat.
- Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic, cumin and salt, and cook for 30 seconds.
- Add the brown rice and stir to combine with the onion mixture.
- Add the water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer until all of the water is absorbed, 45 to 55 minutes.
- Fluff the rice, mix in the lime juice and cilantro, and serve.
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