This week, limes were on sale and I bought a ton of them. I couldn’t juice them fast enough so I set out to figure out something to make with them for dinner. I recently got a Vitamix (!!!) and it came with a huge cookbook and I was looking through it for some ideas. I found a cilantro lime marinade that sounded really good and simple.
All you need for the marinade is
- 3 limes peeled and cut in half
- 1 cup of cilantro
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 clove of garlic
- salt and pepper to taste
Throw that in your blender and blend until its smooth, then just pour it over your chicken and veggies.
I put Jake’s chicken breasts in a sandwich bag and marinated his chicken while we were at the gym and for me I marinated vegetables and white beans. I sautéed my vegetables but I would have rather grilled them on my George Forman grill. The problem was I only have one grill and I was grilling Jake’s chicken so to save time I just threw mine in a pan.
I also made a fresh salsa with avocado in it. I don’t know why I never made my own salsa before. It was so easy, and so much better! for my salsa all I used was:
- 4 plum tomatoes
- 1 jalapeño
- 1/4 red onion
- 1 avocado
- juice of 1 lime
- cilantro to taste
- salt and pepper to taste
All I did was dice the tomatoes and avocado, and the onion and jalapeño I chopped really fine squeeze the lime juice over it, stir and put it in the fridge for the flavors to come together. Now I am going to start experimenting.
Mine was so hard to make it look pretty so I ended up giving up and just put it on the plate. We were so hungry and I didn’t want to dirty anymore plates. Pretty or not it was really good but I think next time I might sweeten up the marinate for the veggies. All that acid works well on meat and probably tenderizes it but the veggies tasted a smidge tart for my liking.
Some of you might be wondering what the heck that pile of rice is in the back. Well its black rice. No, it is not marinated with anything, it’s just simply black. I was honestly nervous the first time I made it for Jake, but turned out he loved it and now I stocked up.
So what are the perks of black rice aside from looking cool on your plate? It is actually even better for you than brown rice. A spoonful of black rice bran contains more health promoting anthocyanin antioxidants than are found in a spoonful of blueberries. It also has less sugar and more fiber and vitamin E antioxidants. Anthocyanin antioxidants can reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and other health issues. Sounds good to me. It is kind of sticky rice so I kind of want to try to make sushi out of it next. Try it and let me know what you think!