Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Mexi Rice Bowl Recipe!

Hi everyone!

Today I'm excited to share with you my most favorite Rice Bowl recipe ever! This recipe is inspired by all the "Chipotle dupe" recipes online. I've actually never been to Chipotle (I hear it's fab!) but I'm a big fan of any mexican/spanish style foods, and of course.. the amazing rice bowl! So without further ado...

There it is! Possibly the best rice bowl I've ever made. Please note, this works equally (if not better!) with firm tofu in place of the chicken.

-To start, cut up the chicken (or tofu) into small chunks, and add the following spices: Basil (fresh or dried, either works), cumin, chili powder, cayenne powder, minced garlic, and chipotle peppers + salt  & pepper. I eyeball my seasonings when I cook ... the amount will vary depending on how much meat your seasoning and your personal tastes.

You should end up with something like this....

Allow the flavors to meld as long as possible. Overnight, or at the very least 1 hour.

-Next, prepare the rice! This is basically exactly what I found when searching Mexican Rice Bowls online.. and it's amazing!! I cook rice in a small rice cooker, making it easy peasy to whip up anytime!

Measure the amount of rice you need, and instead of cooking it with plain water, cook with chicken stock! I do this almost everytime I make rice, for any kind of meal and it REALLY give the rice a little somethin' extra!
When the rice is done, stir in a small pat of butter or margarine, a sprinkle of minced cilantro, and a few squirts of lime juice (about 1/2 a lime). YUM! If this rice doesn't change your life, I don't know what will! ;)


-Now, cook up the chicken!

Once the chicken is cooked, and the rice is done, the rest of the ingredients are pretty simple! Drain a can of black beans (or if you make them from dried, you'll have to prepare them the night before), and spice them with... a dash of chicken stock, basil, cumin & cayenne and chili powders, then microwave until warm.

Other toppings to add/consider:
-shredded cheddar cheese
-sour cream
-sliced olives
-diced avocado
-green Tabasco sauce

Assemble bowls and ENJOY! Mmm... these are seriously SO good... I could eat this every day. lol

Let me know if you give this recipe a try! What kind of rice bowls do you enjoy?


Friday, September 23, 2011

Lemon Aid - DIY scrub

I love creating scrubs, lotions and other goodies from scratch. It’s so much fun gathering up my ingredients and seeing them transform into something completely different before my eyes.

Sometimes I want something quick and simple. Lemon Aid sugar scrub it is! You can use this scrub on your face & body, it’s especially good for acne prone, and oily skin types, just be very careful if you currently have breakouts and don’t scrub too hard! I especially like using it on my t-zone, the area is usually breakout free for me, but extra oily.

This recipe is simple… sugar & lemon juice. You can use a fresh lemon if you have them, but I just as often use bottle lemon juice.  You can mix up sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl and apply to your wet skin with fingers, or douse a cotton ball with juice, dip into sugar and apply to your skin that way. The latter works great if you’re just using it just on your face.   

Only mix up what you plan to use in one sitting. If using a fresh lemon, cut into thick slices, sprinkle them with sugar and rub onto wet skin. Remember to thoroughly cleanse your skin before using this or any scrub.

When using this scrub, be sure to apply sunscreen, as lemon juice can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.