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Cilantro Lime Brown Rice

By: Daisi Owens from
Cilantro Lime Brown Rice
Cilantro Lime Brown Rice

"I always overdo it on the holidays and spend the first few months of the year craving light, refreshing meals to make up for it. This week cilantro was on my brain, and because of my deep love of Chipotle and Qdoba, I decided to remake their classic cilantro rice, but in a healthier way. And my Cilantro Lime Brown Rice recipe was born! The flavor of this rice is so spot on, and using brown rice made me feel way less guilty going back for seconds."

Serves6 People

Preparation Time5 min

Cooking Time40 min


  • 1 cup Uncooked Long-grain Brown Rice
  • 1 teaspoon Butter
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 5 teaspoons Fresh Lime Juice, Divided
  • 1 can (15 Oz. Size) Vegetable Broth
  • 1 cup Water
  • 4 Tablespoons Fresh Cilantro, Chopped
  1. In a saucepan add the rice, butter, garlic, 2 teaspoons of lime juice, broth and water; stir to combine.

  2. Bring the rice mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 40 minutes, until rice is tender.

  3. While rice is cooking, whisk the remaining 3 teaspoons (or 1 tablespoon) lime juice and cilantro together in a small bowl.

  4. When rice is ready, remove it from the heat and pour the lime/cilantro mixture over the rice, mixing it in as you fluff the rice. Serve immediately.

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Turn this side dish into a main entree by adding chicken, salmon, black beans, or even sliced pork! Or if you wanted a protein-based starch, switch the brown rice for quinoa (or try half and half!), farro, amaranth, or any of the other ancient grains. They cook just like rice (some times may vary) and are super flavorful and good for you!


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