Thursday, November 6, 2008

A Taste of the Tropics

The other night our meal was inspired a little by the tropics.  We had coconut breaded shrimp with a sweet cilantro cream  dipping sauce, cilantro lime rice and steamed asparagus with a hint of lime.  All of those flavors combined remind me of somewhere sunny and warm with sandy beaches; and being somewhere like that sounds so awesome right now!  

We have had a mix of weather here in Arkansas lately, so one week I can be cuddled up with big bowl of steamy soup and the next week soup is one of the last things I want to cook.  Let me tell you, it's now November and we are still experiencing weather in the upper 70's!  Crazy Arkansas weather; if you don't like the weather just stick around and in about five minutes it will be completely different:).  

Enough about the crazy weather patterns, this is a food blog not a weather blog.  To compliment the coconut shrimp I made cilantro lime rice.  It was awesome!  You could taste a hint of all the flavors in the rice but none of them overwhelmed the other.  This was a perfect side item; it was light and fresh and so simple to make.  This meal was my taste of the tropics in mid November when the weather matches the weather in the tropics!  CRAZY!



1 Cup cooked brown rice

1 Tablespoon butter

2 Tablespoons cilantro, roughly chopped

1 1/2 Tablespoons lime juice



Combine cooked, warm rice and butter and stir together.  Once butter has coated all the rice stir in the cilantro and lime juice.  Mix together well and serve.


Cilantro Lime Rice  

Recipe from: Lynsey Lou

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