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Copycat Chipotle Cilantro Lime White Rice

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Prepare yourself for Cinco de Mayo with this recipe for Copycat Chipotle Cilantro Lime White Rice!

Copycat Chipotle Cilantro Lime White Rice {Gluten-Free, Vegan, Nightshade-Free} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comWell hello there, white rice.  Long time no see!  Like a seriously long time.

I have to be honest.  I really never thought I’d see the day when white rice would make an appearance on CEVG.  In fact, this is literally the first time (that I can remember) I have ever even mentioned eating white rice, let alone centering a whole recipe post around it.  And it is all because I was in a bit of a delusional land around what is and is not “healthy.”

Copycat Chipotle Cilantro Lime White Rice {Gluten-Free, Vegan, Nightshade-Free} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comDuring the first few years of this blog, I had “brown rice is better, healthier, etc. than white rice” ingrained into my brain.  And can you blame me?  No.  Blame society.  Google which is healthier and I promise you will come up with about a million conflicting arguments.  But that’s not what this post is about.  I am not here to tell you which type of rice is better or healthier.  I am here to tell you that on this very day, I legitimately DO NOT CARE which one is “better” or “healthier.”  And that feels pretty darn good.

I felt like making and eating some white rice, so I did.  It was delicious.  I loved it.  I’m still here.  End of story.

Copycat Chipotle Cilantro Lime White Rice {Gluten-Free, Vegan, Nightshade-Free} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comOh, and for those of you who are wondering, “when did she start eating grains again?,” you haven’t missed any special announcements here on this little space.  But to quickly fill you in… Jeremy and I are honeymooning in less than three weeks, and I want to feel as though I can eat more than just burgers on our trip.  It is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, one that I want to enjoy.  And for me, that means trying as many different restaurants as possible.

I still haven’t quite figured out what my eats will look like during that week, but I know I will at least be keeping things gluten-free and likely 99% dairy-free because my body just feels best without those two food groups.  Tomatoes and peppers likely won’t show up much either, and I’ll be taking ‘er easy on the alcohol (hello acid reflux).  But other than that, I feel okay about eating some grains, nuts, soy, and legumes.

Copycat Chipotle Cilantro Lime White Rice {Gluten-Free, Vegan, Nightshade-Free} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comSo in an attempt to not completely shock my system, I’ve been introducing a few of those things back into my life, with one being rice.  Can we also please talk about how glorious peanut butter tastes after not having eaten it in close to a year?  Unreal.

With these new introductions, I haven’t noticed any differences in my symptoms as of yet, so I’m going to keep carrying on.

Copycat Chipotle Cilantro Lime White Rice {Gluten-Free, Vegan, Nightshade-Free} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comNow what better way could there be to introduce white rice back into my diet than with a copycat version of Chipotle’s Cilantro Lime Rice?  It sounds like the perfect way to celebrate a Paleo-ish (emphasis on the “ish”) lifestyle right now.

Copycat Chipotle Cilantro Lime White Rice {Gluten-Free, Vegan, Nightshade-Free} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comCopycat Chipotle Cilantro Lime White Rice
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nightshade-Free, Soy-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan

Serves 6 to 8


2 cups of organic long-grain white rice
3 cups of liquid (water, vegetable broth, or chicken broth all work)
1/3 cup of packed fresh cilantro, finely chopped
the juice of one large lime
1 tsp fine sea salt
2 tsp garlic powder


1. Cook rice in liquid of choice according to package directions.  I used a rice cooker, but boiling it on the stove works just fine.

2. Once the rice is cooked, fluff it with a fork.

3. Stir in the cilantro, lime juice, and seasonings.

4. Serve with your favorite Mexican-inspired dish, or make your own homemade Chipotle burrito bowls.

Copycat Chipotle Cilantro Lime White Rice {Gluten-Free, Vegan, Nightshade-Free} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comStay tuned for the rest of what’s on this plate on Thursday!

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  • Ashley May 3, 2016, 7:54 am
    Oh gosh I can just imagine how awesome peanut butter must taste for you!! Love this white rice! Cilantro & lime are just sooo good together! I do usually eat brown rice but definitely mix it up with white! It always feels good to get a little variety in! Ashley recently posted...Smoky Black Bean Tacos with Mango SalsaMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 3, 2016, 9:04 am
      Isn't it crazy how good cilantro and lime taste together? I think I sometimes go overboard with the two in my guacamole and rice, but I just can't help it! Luckily, Jeremy doesn't complain ;)
  • Ruth May 3, 2016, 8:24 am
    Amen, sistah, to the silly healthy rice debate! I have never liked the taste of brown rice so when the foodies favored brown rice I just never ate rice. But now, like you, I am at the point of not caring and eating what I think tastes great and makes me feel good. Ruth recently posted...Weekend Snapshots #5My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 3, 2016, 12:27 pm
      YAY for eating what YOU want!! :D
  • Meal Makeover Mom Janice May 3, 2016, 8:34 am
    I too prefer white rice to brown! There must be a support group for dietitians who admit this. :) Love your additions to make the rice special. I have also added a cup of coconut milk when I cooked the rice and that is good too! Meal Makeover Mom Janice recently posted...5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Family’s Diet Today! – PART #1: Market Good Nutrition to KidsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 3, 2016, 12:28 pm
      Oooo, I bet the addition of coconut milk is SO good! I'll have to try that next!
  • dixya @food, pleasure, and health May 3, 2016, 9:54 pm
    i grew up eating white rice and cant give up on it now :P both brown and white rice has it's place but i prefer white purely for the fluffy taste. im so happy to hear that your body is taking these ingredients well and i hope it continues to be that way.. dixya @food, pleasure, and health recently posted...All Purpose Roasted SalsaMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 4, 2016, 9:07 am
      Agreed! There is nothing fluffier than white rice!
  • Alli O May 7, 2016, 7:15 am
    So glad you are introducing new foods! I hope everything agrees with your body! Good luck!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 8, 2016, 9:39 am
      I hope so too. Some things are kind of iffy, but we'll see how things go!
  • Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar May 8, 2016, 11:58 am
    Awesome that you were able to make a dietary choice that was right for you. Sometimes white rice is just what I'm craving too--and the Chipotle cilantro lime rice is totally divine! I've also been coming off of food restrictions lately, and it can be a real relief. Hope you get to eat such good food on your Honeymoon! Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar recently posted...Gluten-Free, Vegan Pancakes for OneMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 8, 2016, 1:14 pm
      Yes! Eating a food you haven't enjoyed in awhile is super duper fun!!

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