The Big Game Food: Cilantro Lime Rice

To foodies, the day of the Big Game has become a reason to experience with appetizers and snacks that disrupt the conventional chips and beer (although, there’s nothing wrong with those on the table). In honor of the Bowl, here’s a quick, bowl-oriented appetizer that adds a little something different to this year’s grazing table.

Super Rice Bowl recipe

Super Rice Bowl

Super Rice Bowl

Prepare any white rice as you normally would.  I’m a fan of the non-sticky, light rice.  While some of you may cringe, the boil-in-a-bag works great for this.  Offers that style of rice perfect for this recipe.

To the rice, add the zest of lime.  Depending on the amount you make, zest to taste.  For about 6 servings, I would add zest of one lime. Note about zesting: Zest just the top layer of peel.  You don’t want to zest too deep as the peel gets bitter.

Using the same lime, add the lime juice.  Again, to taste.  You will find that lime can be an awesome addition and the amount can be subjective. Start with less and add according to your preference.

Add fresh cilantro – Typically, for 6 servings, 2 tablespoons  of fresh chopped cilantro is fine.  But again, add to flavor.  Start with less, add more according to your preference.

Toss.  You’ll want to make sure the cilantro is distributed. Salt to taste.

This is the base of your Super Rice Bowl. Let your guests build-a-bowl from here by adding:

Grilled chicken (chopped), black beans, grilled fish, flank steak, grilled vegetables and chips.

Enjoy the food (and the game, of course).


Combining his love of food and communications, Rod is a marketing guru with extensive experience in the healthcare, restaurant and luxury services industry. Rod’s special talent is cooking. He makes magic in the kitchen by relying on fresh foods and unique flavors. He is married to Beth, and together they have two little girls. Rod and Beth have the perfect Live Pretty partnership: he cooks fabulous dishes and she creates the beautiful ambiance that combines to make their events special and unforgettable.

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2 Responses to “The Big Game Food: Cilantro Lime Rice”

  1. Rae — January 30, 2011 @ 9:34 pm (#

    You’re probably the only man I know who could include a lime zesting lesson with a Big Game blog.


    • Rod replied: — January 31st, 2011 @ 7:39 am

      I doubt it, but I bet you will think twice next time you zest a lime…..

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