As most of you may recall, we joined a fitness challenge this summer our town puts on. Since joining, I’ve tried to hold my focus on a healthy diet and exercise. We’ve hiked as a family, I’ve walked with just the two littlest boys, and our eating has mostly been A+.
(Our hike from this past Saturday, up to Natural Bridge! Monkey obviously was not losing any races against us.)
With eating healthier, I’ve been trying new recipes made from my head…and the little bit I’ve retained from Food Network. So far I’ve made Avocado Egg Mash and with the kids, help, we made Frozen ChocoPeanut Butter Banana Bites. Both have been delicious. Most recently I tried out an idea I had: Spicy Avocado Rice.
I was shocked by how good it was!
After everyone at our Group with FBCNA enjoyed it and my pastor even asked for the recipe, I decided it was a winner that needed to be shared with the world. I entitle it “spicy” but I personally considered it pretty mild. The recipe is very simple and it cooks up in about 30 minutes. (And that’s mainly because of how long the rice takes!)
What you will need:
-2.5 cups of rice
-5 cups of water
-1 green pepper
-1 cup of jalapenos
-1/4 cup of cilantro
-Lemon juice to taste
-Salt and pepper to taste
What to do:
- Cook the rice by following the directions on the bag or box. We chose to use white rice because it’s my personal favorite, but I’m sure it would taste great with brown rice.
- Chop all the vegetables up on the smallish side. How small is completely your choice; I enjoy knowing the veggies I’m biting into as I eat it. The cilantro should be chopped up as well.
- Allow the rice to cool down until you are able to touch it without it burning.
- Once the rice is cool enough to mix by hand, put it into a large dish. Add in the chopped veggies uncooked.
- Open the avocados and begin to mix by hand.
- Pour in a bit of lemon juice, salt and pepper. Taste. Add more if needed, being very careful to taste it as you add and to go in small increments.
- (Optional Step) Pull some cilantro leaves off whole and use them as a decorative top for the rice.
Serve warm or cold…the perfect side dish for a summertime gathering! As I said, this was a huge hit with our group of 15 and there was still some left over, so if you are hoping to have this for a smaller group, I would halve the recipe.
If you try this, please let me know how it comes out!