Happy Cinco De Mayo!!!!
Oh, my goodness what a time for a celebration!!!! Who seriously doesn’t just love Mexican Food? I mean from fresh cilantro which truly makes any dish too spicy jalapeños, delicious, creamy avocados and don’t forget about those yummy MARGARITAS!!! Check out my previous blog Champagne Margaritas for a healthier version of margaritas, fewer calories, but loaded with FLAVOR!
One of my favorite starch side dishes is actually any form of rice. So I thought I would change it up and really spice it up with protein, flavor, and color!! I wanted to make traditional boring brown rice my own meatless rice bowl.
When any fresh ingredient is added to any food I believe the flavors undeniably pop and make the food taste THAT much better.
I personally like to get the quick organic brown rice at Aldi’s which takes 15 minutes to cook. In that time I can open my can of black beans and thoroughly rinse them off and add them to a large mixing bowl. I can also open my can of either diced tomatoes or my diced tomatoes with chili peppers. I also during the time it takes to cook my rice I can chop my cilantro and red onion and set aside.
Now, depending on your ability to stand the spicy heat you can either/or…open a can of diced tomatoes separately and add fresh diced jalapeños. Or you can buy a can of diced tomatoes with chili peppers. OR if you’re really into spicy food add both the freshly diced jalapeños and diced tomatoes with chili peppers. As I am typing this my eyes literally started to water!!!
Then you simply add your cooked rice and lightly mix all ingredients together. I also add a bit of avocado oil or unflavored coconut oil with a splash of lime juice for a citrusy flavor. The citrus from the lime juice really enhances the cilantro and onion in the dish!! So, so yummy! Simple ingredients can make extraordinary meals!
Happy Cinco De Mayo!
- 1 box of brown or white quick cooking rice
- A bundle of cilantro
- 1 can of diced tomatoes or I can of diced tomatoes with chili peppers
- 1 red onion
- 1 or 2 jalapeños
- Lime juice