October is usually a super crazy month at our house. We have an anniversary, and then my oldest daughter and my hubby share a birthday on the 27th. I still cannot believe that child is 7 now. Where has the time gone! After having to plan a princess party and juggle all the October insanity, last week I went through serious cooking block. This very rarely happens to me. I usually have my meals planned out ahead, with new recipes in queue to be tested, but last week I was totally blank. So blank that we are eggs for dinner one of the nights (gasp…. and I actually enjoyed it). Anyway, for days like those that I do not want to think too deeply about meals, chilli always ends up in my crock pot. To accompany the chilli, I made this cilantro lime rice that we love from one of our favorite fast food joints Chipotle. We do not eat out a whole lot, but our family loves this Mexican place. Their food is fresh, quick, delicious and actually healthier than most places. They have this rice that is sooooo good. It took a couple visits of trying to peek into the kitchen before we figured out what goes in it. I now make this rice pretty often at home.
Since I am making a huge batch of chilli to last us a couple days, I made a lot of rice to go along with it. Feel free to cut the recipe in half (I made 3 1/2 cups of rice).
2 Tablespoons Oil
3 1/2 cups Rice
6 cups of Water
Salt to taste
4 Limes, Juiced
1/3 Cup of Olive Oil
1/2 Cup Cilantro Leaves, Chopped
1. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a pan. Add the rice and toast for a few minutes, until the rice starts to change color. Stir often so as not to burn. Add in the salt and water and bring to a boil. Put a lid on pot and reduce heat to medium. Boil for 18 minutes. Without taking the lid off, take the rice off the heat and let sit for 5 minutes. This produces perfectly cooked, fluffy rice.
2. In a bowl, mix together the lime juice, cilantro and olive oil. Toss the mixture into the cooked rice, and adjust for salt if necessary. Enjoy!
We love ours with Mexican food.
I also think that changing the ingredients to lemon juice and a mix of basil and parsley would give it a nice Italian inspired twist.
Devotional For the Day:
Today I had one of those moments during my devotion time where I wanted to stop, put my phone down (I use a bible app my phone) and burst into applause. I was reading about David, and though there are plenty of really awesome hero stories of David, this was not one of them. I love David’s story for many reasons. He is a man that was hand picked by God to be king. He was courageous, passionate in his love for God, but also highly flawed. The verses I was reading today are on his response to a major transgression on his part. He had ordered a census of the Israel and Judah, which was against God’s laws. After the census, he realized he had messed up big time, and as a result, God sent a plague against Israel. Gad the prophet instructs David to go and build an alter on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite (this is where God had stopped the death angel from taking any more lives. In total, 70,000 died that day).
David set out in obedience to build the altar. As soon as Araunah saw him approaching, he bowed down before him. David explained to him that he had come to his land to purchase it and build an altar for the Lord. As any humble servant would do, Araunah told David that he did not have to buy the land, he could have it. Now comes the verse that made me want to give David the biggest Hi-Five ever. 2nd Samuel 24:24 But the king replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.”So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen and paid fifty shekels[a] of silver for them.
Seriously people… this was the beloved king. He could have any piece of land that his heart desired for free, but his insistence on paying really made me think. It was a true reflection of his heart. As much as he was not perfect, he is documented as being a man after God’s heart. Verses like this one show me HOW he did it. He did not want to offer a sacrifice out of convenience or ease. He wanted it to cost him. Hmmm… do I live my life this way? Do you? Just a thought to ponder. May our offerings to our loving Father be real sacrifices, that are costly to us. After all, didn’t He give the ultimate sacrifice for us?