Thursday, March 29, 2012

Toasted Coconut Lime Rice

Pin It This might be my new "go-to" side dish for light dinners.  I've never been a huge fan of cilantro lime rice so I decided to make a variation.  I'm happy to say that this turned out fabulous!  The toasted coconut gives a great texture and nutty flavor, while the lime gives just the right amount of tartness.  It pairs great with fish, shrimp, chicken, Mexican inspired, Thai name it.  The minimal ingredients make this a super easy and healthy recipe. 

Toasted Coconut Lime Rice
2 cups cooked brown rice
1/2 cup sweentened shredded coconut
juice and zest of 1 lime
salt and pepper
garlic powder (optional)

1. Toast coconut.  Place coconut in a skillet over medium-high heat.  Stir frequently until golden brown.  Watch it carefully.  As soon as you start to see golden pieces you have about 30 seconds before it's done.  (It can go from beautifully golden to black in a matter of seconds!)  Remove from heat and set aside.
2. Cook rice according to package directions and place in a serving bowl.
3. Zest lime into the toasted coconut.  Squeeze lime juice on to the cooked rice.
4. Toss coconut mixture with rice, reserving a few tablespoons of coconut for serving.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Feel free to add a sprinkling of garlic powder as well.

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