Want a healthier Mexican side dish? Cilantro lime quinoa to the rescue! It’s a fresh take on the classic cilantro lime rice side dish.

Want a healthier Mexican side dish? Cilantro lime quinoa to the rescue! It's a fresh take on the classic cilantro lime rice side dish. ohsweetbasil.com

Our cilantro lime rice, a Cafe Rio copycat recipe, is always one of our most viewed recipes. It’s easy and so flavorful and I just realized that it should totally work for quinoa too, so we busted out a little for mango chicken burritos one night and it was a huge hit. In fact, the girls couldn’t even tell the difference between it and the rice and it’s healthier. Pretty much a mom win if you ask me.

Want a healthier Mexican side dish? Cilantro lime quinoa to the rescue! It's a fresh take on the classic cilantro lime rice side dish. ohsweetbasil.com

I don’t feel like I’ve had many of those lately. In fact, I’ve had a hard time feeling like anything other than a failure as a mom lately. I know that there are things we can’t help and that children are resilient but I also know that I can grow and be better. Being sick while pregnant was hard for more reasons than just the physical. When you’re really sick it suddenly becomes hard to have noise and confusion and that’s just something that comes with children. And talking only made me more sick so communicating with our girls became this big ordeal and I found myself getting so frustrated sometimes.

Want a healthier Mexican side dish? Cilantro lime quinoa to the rescue! It's a fresh take on the classic cilantro lime rice side dish. ohsweetbasil.com

If they were disagreeing about something or trying to push the rules with me I was just way too short with them. Ugh, even as I type this I feel like a beast. I have been starting my day off earlier than usual to get things done, pray, read my scriptures etc so that I can have the peace I need to start the day off right. It’s definitely helping but it’s still a battle even now. I want them to feel peace in our home and not anger. Gosh dangit, I really thought I’d be a great mom before having kids, then you have them and realize you know nothing and they can make you more crazy or mad than you realized. Thank goodness they also bring you more joy and love than you ever knew existed. Here’s to a better week, and please tell me I’m not the only one that struggles to not get snippy with their kids.

Cilantro Lime Quinoa

Easy cilantro lime quinoa for a healthier side that the kids totally thought was rice! ohsweetbasil.com

Cilantro Lime Quinoa
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Recipe type: Side, Healthy
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Serves: 6-8 servings
 
Healthier take on a side dish, cilantro lime quinoa!
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups quinoa, rinsed
  • 4 Cups water
  • 2 Tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 2 Teaspoons chicken bouillon
  • 1 Handful cilantro, chopped
  • ½ Lime, zested
  • ½ Lime, juiced
  • 1 Can (4oz) diced green chiles
Instructions
  1. Pour everything in a rice cooker and follow product instructions, or in a pot, heat to a boil and then add the lid and turn down to low for 15 minutes, let stand off the burner for an additional 5 minutes or until tender.
  2. remove the lid, fluff with a fork to combine everything and serve immediately.

 

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