February 6, 2014
At our house, the flavors of the week are cilantro and green onion. I discovered they were both in our fridge, and am now I'm trying to squeeze them into every meal somehow. Speaking of meals, we've been trying some new dinner recipes around here, and these two are keepers for sure. We've already had the cilantro lime rice a few times this week. Now that I'm back to being a nursing mom, I'm starving, and that rice is just hitting the spot- hot or cold. (Only phone pics for this food post, because getting out my fancy camera felt like too much work.)

Southwest Chicken Salad
adapted from primally inspired

3 cups cooked and shredded chicken (about 3 breasts)
1/2 of a lime, juiced
2 green onions, sliced, both green and white parts
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. sea salt, or more to taste
2-4 T. mayonnaise
1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl, preferably while chicken is still warm. (Warm chicken soaks up the flavors better than cold chicken.) Serve over lettuce, in a tortilla, with chips, or in a rice bowl (with cilantro lime rice! see recipe below). Serve room temp or chilled. Store in fridge. Perfect for a ready-to-go lunch or easy dinner.

Cilantro Lime Rice

2 cups rice, cooked (1 cup uncooked)
2 T. coconut oil
1 lime, juiced
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Add the cooked rice to a bowl and mix in the oil until rice is well coated. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Taste and add more salt, lime, or cilantro as needed. Serve with tacos, burritos, or southwest chicken salad.

When we first tried this rice, I made some easy fajita chicken to go with it. Here's how:
Marinate a couple chicken breasts or thighs in Heidi's Chipotle Chicken Marinade overnight. When ready to cook the chicken, pound it very thin with a meat tenderizer and cook it in a hot cast iron skillet with plenty of sliced onion, peppers, and any of the leftover marinade. Serve with cilantro lime rice and corn tortillas.


Unknown said...

Mayo?!?!? Perfect. I make some similar chicken but wanted something creamier for in an omelet. I tried coconut milk but it was just a little too coconut-y. Thanks summer!!

erica miller said...

Just downed a bowl of rice with black beans, corn, and salsa. Cheers to good snacks while nursing!

Rach@In His Hands said...

YUM-o!! I'm making this asap.

Amanda said...

Your phone pictures are GORGEOUS! Please share your secrets with us!

[eeny] said...

looks and sounds wonderful. adding this to my "to cook" list right about now.

Laura Murphy said...

This is how we eat, too. Tacos for supper tonight.

I made your almond choc. chip cookies and they were incredibly delicious. You can click on my name to see my blog post that I just wrote, linking to your recipe.

Hope all is well and cozy at your house.

Renae Kim said...

This looks so yummy! Will definitely have to make soon! All my favorite go to flavors!

Renae Kim said...

This looks so yummy! Will definitely have to make soon! All my favorite go to flavors!

Anonymous said...

Perfection! My husband and I both loved this! Thank you for sharing!

todobrilla said...

Oh my gosh, I just randomly happened to find this recipe on Pinterest and it is AMAZING! I wish I had known about this when I first started breastfeeding! I prepped everything to have dinner ready for my boyfriend and I think I've already finished half of the rice and chicken! Thank you!



about this blog

Hello, I'm Summer. A people-loving introvert whose hope and life is in Jesus. His promises are my passion and my ministry is homelife. This blog is a place for me to write about everyday things. Especially food. My favorite thing to do is sit around a table, lingering over a long meal with good conversation. I live with my husband and our 2 littles. We like blizzards, thrifting, grammar, guacamole, cheerful hearts, nice manners, good movies, and making simple, real, nutrient-dense food.

"If Christ be anything, He must be everything."
-C.H. Spurgeon

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