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Garlic & Cilantro Brown Rice

Brown rice can get a little boring. To bump up the flavor I added a few simple ingredients to make this brown rice stand out. This rice can be used for a base for a Buddha bowl, burritos, enchiladas, and even a curry. It is that versatile.

  • 1 c brown rice, long grain
  • 1 1/4 c water
  • 1 c vegetable broth
  • 1 recipe Lime Gremolata

Combine brown rice, water and vegetable broth in a medium size saucepan. Bring rice to a boil. Cover saucepan with lid and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until all the liquid is absorbed and rice is done.

Fluff rice with fork and stir in Lime Gremolata.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Fajita Chopped Salad

I have been trying to work more salads and veggies into our daily meals. This salad adds lots of flavors that you would get if you ate the traditional fajitas.

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  • romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 tsp bacon fat
  • onion, sliced
  • 1 c peppers, cut into matchsticks (combination of red, yellow, orange or green)
  • Smokey Southwestern Seasoning
  • Smokey Southwestern Chicken Breast, cooked, sliced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1/2 c mexican blend cheese (optional)
  • Lime gremolata (see website)
  • Lime vinaigrette

Melt bacon fat in a large skillet over medium heat; add onion, peppers and smokey southwestern seasoning. Cook until veggies are tender, then remove and set aside.

Add chicken to skillet and cook until chicken is heated through. Remove and set aside to plate.

To make  the lime vinaigrette squeeze juice of 1 lime into a mason jar; add olive oil and a pinch of sea salt and pepper. Cover jar with lid, and shake.

To assemble the salad; Layer lettuce as the base of the salad. Then layer peppers and onions in a row; continue with the cheese blend, chicken, and tomatoes. Top with lime gremolata and lime vinaigrette. Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Lime Gremolata

I love to make gremolata. The traditional ingredients are parsley, lemon and garlic. It is a wonderful combination. This is a twist to the traditional recipe, and just as good. I like this recipe for southwestern and asian recipes. Remember, this is good on salads, soups, and flatbreads. I like to keep both kinds in my refrigerator to jazz up a dish.

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  • 1/2 c cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 lime, zested
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely minced

Just like the traditional gremolata, this version only has three ingredients. All you have to do is mix and refrigerate.