Cilantro Lime Rice and Beans

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This cilantro lime rice recipe isn’t even trying to be a Chipotle copycat because it’s better! I love rice and usually, it’s on my plate as a side dish, but I have to say, this packs a hearty punch and is perfect as both a side dish and a main entree! The first time I made this I used only the lime juice, and I added it after the rice was cooked, but I still couldn’t get that hint of lime that I wanted. Don’t misunderstand, it was still really good, but I wanted to taste a little more lime, after all, lime is in the name of the recipe!  As I continued to play with the recipe, I realized what I was leaving out, lime zest, duh! I am a fan of using citrus zest in everything, it finishes off a dish beautifully, I mean Triple Berry Sauce—need I say more?! The next time I made it I used beef broth instead of water, and added the zest of one lime to the cooking water. What a difference those two little tweaks made. This recipe is incredibly simple and great for meal planning and prep. I love using this in my burrito bowls, chimichangas, as a side with Mexican Chicken, but it also makes a really great main entree with a nice side salad, especially for those meatless Mondays (just make it with vegetable broth or water).

I prepared this in my Ninja Foodi 9-in-1 8qt Multi-Cooker (affiliate link), but you can use any pressure cooker, rice cooker, or even your stovetop. The cooking instructions will vary if using a rice cooker or your stovetop, so be sure to follow the rice the liquid to rice ratios and cook times recommended by those methods if not using a pressure cooker. Below I’ve listed a few helpful hints about this recipe:

Can I freeze this?

Yes! In fact, it’s a great dish to make-ahead and freeze in individual portions for easy lunches or busy weeknight dinners. Just make sure you use airtight containers or freezer bags to keep it fresh as the day you cooked it! When you’re ready to reheat, do not “slow thaw” the rice and beans in the refrigerator or on the countertop, or the rice will get mushy. Either reheat from frozen in a frying pan or saucepan with a tablespoon or two of water breaking the rice apart as it heats or simply microwave in one-minute increments stirring in between increments. It helps to put a glass of water in the microwave to prevent the loss of moisture while reheating.

Can I use different beans?

Absolutely, use what you have. I love black beans, but any cooked or canned beans would work. Dried beans would require cooking separately first.

Do I have to use brown rice?

No, you can use your favorite rice, however, cooking times vary greatly between rice styles. I love this recipe with basmati rice, but I adjust the cooking time and liquid for optimal results. For basmati rice some soak it first, I just rinse it, use equal parts liquid, and rice. Then cook on high pressure for six minutes then allow a ten-minute natural release. I have only tested this recipe with brown rice and basmati rice (not the brown basmati).

Do I need a pressure cooker to make this?

No, you can make this in your rice cooker or on your stovetop. But be sure to follow the instructions specific to the cooking vessel you are using.

I’m a big fan of creating and adapting recipes to fit my tastes, cooking (and life) style, that’s why many of my recipes can be adapted by you to fit your tastes and cooking style. I like simple and quick recipes that can be ready for a meal or used in my weekly meal plans. I love it when I can cook once and then create an entire week’s worth of different dinners with one dish. So, now there’s nothing left to say except go make this!!!

 

 

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Cilantro Lime Rice and Beans

Servings: 12
Course Main Course, Side Dish
4
4
0
SP
Calories116kcal
Author: Lisa

Equipment

  • Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker

Ingredients

  • 2 cups brown rice
  • cups beef, chicken, or vegetable broth (you can also use water)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 packet Sazon Goya Coriander & Annatto Seasoning
  • 1 can(15.5oz) black beans
  • ¼ cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup jalapeno or green pepper, diced (I always use jalapeno)
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice plus the zest of one lime
  • 1 tbsp lime zest (1 lime)

Instructions

  • Rinse rice under cold water in fine mesh collander until water runs clear.
  • *Pour broth or water into the inside pot of pressure cooker, add salt, seasoning, zest, and then the rice. Give a little stir and then make sure the rice is submerged. Set to high-pressure for 23 minutes then allow natural release. While the rice is cooking, drain and rinse your beans.
  • When pressure is released, (be sure the valve has dropped), carefully remove the lid and stir in beans, lime juice, cilantro, and peppers. Replace lid and allow to heat through. Enjoy!

Notes

*If preparing on the stovetop, use the recommended rice to water ratio, add water, rice, salt, and goya coriander & annatto seasoning and cook as directed. The stir in lime juice, beans, cilantro, and peppers when it is finished cooking.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 133mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 63IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

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I will not be live on Facebook this evening as I`m getting ready for a quick trip tomorrow and Tuesday. BUT, I still wanted to share the recipe I talked about last week. It`s one of my faves and it comes together quickly!!

I especially love fennel and apples together, but it is equally delicious without the fennel. If you skip the fennel (which I do not recommend) just add an additional cup of broccoli slaw mix.

Apple Crunch Slaw
6 servings
1sp
75 calories

3 c broccoli slaw
1 c fennel sliced thin
2 apples julienned, shredded, or chopped
2 tsp Fruit Fresh (sprinkled on apples to keep them from browning)
DRESSING
1/2 c nonfat greek yogurt
2 tbsp Light mayo
1 tbsp dijon mustard
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
3 packets Truvia Sweetener
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp celery seed

Toss slaw and fennel together. Sprinkle apples with fruit fresh and toss together, add to slaw mix. Whisk all dressing ingredients until smooth and uniform, pour over slaw and toss well until coated. #myww #weightlossjourney #wwcommunity #bigfatskinnysalads #eatmoresalad
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What wins are you celebrating today?

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I have always been a supplement skeptic, but have since learned that (much like in life), sometimes a little bit of support goes a really long way.

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👉 Hormone and Mood Support
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The entire recipe ended up making 10 servings. I haven`t calculated the macros yet. I`ll do that when I post it on my website. But in the meantime...

10 servings (4oz cup)
3 WW Points (not including "crust" topping)

8oz Philadelphia 1/3 Less Fat Cream Cheese
1 C Truvia or Swerve Confectioners Sugar
3/4 C Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt
1-2 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste (or Vanilla Extract)
1 tsp Lemon Juice
Pinch of salt
1 C Fat Free or Light Cool Whip
1/4 C Triple Berry Sauce (recipe on my website)

"Crust" of your choice, I use one or two crushed Dewey`s Bakery cookie thins.

With a hand mixer beat sugar and cream cheese. Add the yogurt, lemon juice, vanilla, and salt, mix well. Fold in whipped topping.

Divide Triple Berry Sauce among cups (a teaspoon or two in each) top with 2 heaping tablespoons of filling. Then with crushed cookie crust. Refrigerate for 6-12 hours.
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It`s been a busy week. But I stayed consistent. I`m not even lying when I say that I danced a little jig this morning after I weighed myself. It was the kind of loss we all want to see EVERY week, except that it just isn`t realistic.

But that didn`t stop me from high-fiving my bad self.

It also made me think about the scale and the power I give it to influence my mood depending on its reading.

Here`s the thing, the scale isn`t my enemy, and the numbers don`t lie. BUT numbers are just the data. Simple metrics--one of lots of ways I measure my progress. It`s me who brings meaning (true or not) to the numbers on the scale.

My goal this week is to stay consistent, and when next week rolls around and it`s time to weigh in, I`m going to celebrate no matter what the numbers are, because the truth is, I have that choice.

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#weightlossjourney #gratitudeattitude #myweightlossjourney #bigfatskinnywisdom #weighlosswisdom #consistency
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I turned my frown upside down, stopped grumbling and started gratitude-ing! And you know what I learned?

Gratitude is the cure for disappointment!!!

I've come a long way in three years and I am so grateful for the opportunity to share my journey with you! 

What are you grateful for today?

#Face2FaceFriday #weightlossjourney #weightlosswisdom #gratitudeattitude

It`s FriYAY-Weigh!

I`m down .2lbs this week for a total of 6 lbs this month.

I caught myself grumbling when I stepped off the scale. I had to remind myself that I`m not in a race, and there`s no deadline or expiration date for taking better care of myself.

I turned my frown upside down, stopped grumbling and started gratitude-ing! And you know what I learned?

Gratitude is the cure for disappointment!!!

I`ve come a long way in three years and I am so grateful for the opportunity to share my journey with you!

What are you grateful for today?

#Face2FaceFriday #weightlossjourney #weightlosswisdom #gratitudeattitude
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