It always seems my downfall in menu planning is the side dish. I’ll take amazing efforts to develop a recipe for the entree, but pay little attention to the supporting cast members. This is really too bad, because it’s often the other items on the plate that make the main dish shine.
I feel like this issue comes from the fact that I like to keep my grocery bill small, and am lazy when it comes to preparation and clean-up. So, I love it when I can pull together a side that really elevates a meal, is cheap, and is super easy to clean-up.
This dish is adapted from Ree Drumond’s recipe for Garlic Cilantro Lime Rice. As I mentioned my laziness above, I removed the garlic from the recipe for super-easy prep, especially since I’m using instant rice from the microwave.
Easy Cilantro Lime Rice
2 cups of cooked white rice (I like the Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice – throw in the microwave for 90 seconds)
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 1 lime (protip: zest BEFORE juicing)
Cilantro (I’ve found that fresh or dried both work – fresh delivering a lot more flavor)
- Cook rice according to directions.
- Combine all ingredients
I did say easy…
Credit photo to Ree Drummond