Pico de Gallo

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So much to do, so little time.  Do you feel this way too?  I hope you do so that I am not alone.  Then again, I would hate for anyone else to feel as overwhelmed as I do half the time.  It’s a daily struggle to feel like I get enough accomplished.  Quite honestly, most days I feel like I have failed.

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Like days when your son asks if you washed his clothes for work.  You grab them out of the dirty clothes and throw them in the dryer with an extra sheet of fabric softener so they don’t stink too bad.  Mornings like this morning when you totally forget that your son was suppose to be at school early for his club meeting that is EVERY week at the SAME time.  When you have planned your week’s meals to make life easier, only to forget what you had planned because you can’t find your sheet of paper you wrote it on.  So pizza night it is… again.  Your son tells you he HAS to have hand sanitizer for his music class the next day.  You promise to go get it.  Then promptly forget about it until he asks you the next morning where it is.

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Yep – that is how life seems to be lately. I don’t think my brain has quite gotten back into back to school mode yet.  Hopefully it will soon before we all go crazy!  In the meantime, I am getting myself a brand new organizer/planner all set up that should help me too.  I normally always use one, but thought I would try to just use my phone this year.  It isn’t working so back to paper I go.  Besides, I have a life long love affair with paper and pens.  My husband brings me the hotel notepad and pen from all his travels and it makes me giddy.  Sad, huh?  😉

In happier news, I have managed to do well at staying on top of making our favorite recipes to share with you here on the blog.  For instance, today I am sharing another one of our favorite mexican recipes.  It’s Pico de Gallo.  Yum!  I eat this with tortilla chips a lot instead of salsa, although salsa is one of my favorites too.  I garnish all of my mexican dishes with pico.  I can’t get enough of it.  It is absolutely yummy with fajitas.

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Pico de Gallo
 
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Ingredients
  • 6 roma tomatoes, diced (seeds removed)
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Juice from half of lemon
  • 1 jalepeno, diced
Instructions
  1. Dice everything and mix togther.
  2. Serve and enjoy!

Again, here are some other great additions to your Mexican meal night.

Chipotle Lime Steak Fajitas | www.shariblogs.com Spanish Rice via Shari Blogs | www.shariblogs.com Cilantro Lime Rice - http://www.shariblogs.com

Do you use a paper organizer or a digital calendar? I would love to hear what works best for you!

Cilantro Lime Rice

You might have noticed that I like coming up with or finding recipes that mimic those that we love at restaurants.  This rice reminds me of Chipotle which happens to be one of my favorite places to eat.  Now if I could just figure out their steak marinade!  Yum!  Anyway, this rice is super easy to make, and especially if you have a rice cooker.  If you don’t own a rice cooker yet, go get one.  Seriously.  I never thought we needed one because I didn’t cook rice that often.  Well, now we have rice quite a bit.  Fried rice, mexican rice, cilantro lime rice… This makes it so easy and it’s always perfect.

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Cilantro Lime Rice (in rice cooker)
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil, divided
  • juice of ½ lime
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
Instructions
  1. Add rice, water, salt and 1 teaspoon of the oil to a rice cooker. Swirl around gently in pan. Set the rice cooker on the white rice cycle.
  2. Once the rice gets done, add in the lime juice, cilantro and remaining 1 tsp vegetable oil. Gently mix and cover and let sit for about 8-10 minutes.
  3. Serve.

 
Cilantro Lime Rice (on the stove)
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup extra long grain rice
  • ½ lime, juice of
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro
  • 3 tsp vegetable oil
Instructions
  1. In a small heavy pot, add rice, water, 1 tsp oil and salt.
  2. Boil on high until most of the water evaporates.
  3. When the water just skims the top of the rice, reduce to low and cover about 15 minutes.
  4. Shut off flame and keep covered an additional 5 minute.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine chopped cilantro, lime juice, rice and remaining oil and toss until completely mixed.
  6. Serve & enjoy!

 *Recipe adapted from SkinnyTaste

Be sure to make our Fresh Homemade Salsa on your mexican meal night too!

If you don’t have a rice cooker, you should definitely get one.  I promise you will love it and never look back.  Here is the one that I have and recommend…