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Rice Cooker Recipes: Coconut Lime Rice

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I purchased some hazelnut crusted salmon at Trader Joe’s this weekend in case I got lazy one night this week… well, that night came quickly. I wanted something else to make the dish really pop but didn’t know what to make.

So with a bit of searching in my pantry, and perusing Food Network, I was inspired by a meal I watched and tried to re-create it with what I had on hand. I was not disappointed! This coconut lime rice is not only easy to make, it’s so delicious, rich, and flavorful. And it paired perfectly with the salmon.

Plus, I could use the rice cooker to make it. That means one less pot on the stove or dish in the oven. Looking for a great rice maker? This one is my favorite!

coconut lime rice - easy side in the rice cooker

Coconut Lime Rice and Beans

  • 2 cups brown jasmine rice
  • 1 14 ounce can coconut milk
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1 15 ounce can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
  • 3 tablespoons chopped chives
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime

Throw everything but the chives and lime juice into a rice cooker and flip the switch to cook… wait for switch to go to warm.

Fold in chives and season to taste with salt and pepper if desired. Squirt the juice of 1/2 a lime on top and stir.

Makes 8 servings, 7 WW points per serving (and sooo worth it!)

What’s your favorite rice cooker recipe?

Looking for something else to make in your rice cooker? You won’t want to miss this delicious oatmeal recipe! 

make oatmeal in a rice cooker

How to Make Oatmeal in a Rice Cooker

4th of July Italian Pasta Salad {Side Dishes}

When we celebrate the 4th of July we do it with the 3 F’s:

Food, Family, and Fireworks!

And the food part is usually left up to me. Burgers are the main go to but the side dishes are the ones we try to change up and make better each year.

This year I’ll be bringing some delicious pasta salad that includes a few of my favorite flavors: pepperonis and mozzarella!

Not only is this dish easy to make, you can prepare everything the night before and let it sit in the fridge to marinate and just grab it right before you leave for the party.

And while it doesn’t have any blue in the mix, the red and white is covered! Paired with a juicy burger and delicious green salad and you have the perfect July 4th celebratory meal.

Italian Pasta Salad

Meatballs and Polenta {Dinner Recipe}

When I’m in need of a comfort meal the first dish that comes to mind is my Meatballs & Polenta. I’ve been making this dish for almost a year now after seeing it on my friend CB’s blog, Two Pink Hippos, and trying it out with a few changes. Now I make it at least once a month and love how versatile it is.

Plus I can never get over how easy it is to make polenta!

When I’m rushing to put dinner together 4 times out of 5 I always forget to start the grain or starch. So I’ve been saved quite a few times by quick cooking dried polenta. And the frozen brown rice from Trader Joe’s.

This is one of those meals that you can make ahead, freeze, and pull out when you want them too. So it’s the perfect dish to make for expecting mamas, friends in need, and any other meal in between. Plus you can turn left over meatballs into a meatball sandwich for the next day’s lunch. Mmmm…

Meatballs & Polenta

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