Healthy Copycat Chipotle Cilantro Rice

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With the holidays right around the corner, you’re sure to see various family-famous recipes all over the web- especially on Pinterest. While I love the food my Mom makes each Christmas, after a day or 2 of eating the same thing, I get a little sick of it. I know, I know, I’m weird. So on December 27th, when I’m officially over eating turkey and mashed potatoes, I turn to the cabinet staples to whip up a simple and easy dish to eat. One of the easiest pantry staples that also fills you up is Minute® Rice, which is quick and easy to prepare. This recipe was created witg the help of Minute® Rice.

For my side dish (which pairs well with your leftover Christmas dinner main entree/meat), I recreated a healthier version of Chipotle’s cilantro rice. This one incorporates brown rice with some basic flavors like lime and cilantro for a fun take on a traditional side dish. It’s super simple to make and is a whole lot cheaper than ordering a burrito at Chipotle.

Healthy Copycat Chipotle Cilantro Rice

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 2 cups brown rice, uncooked
  • 4 cups water
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. In a medium size pot over medium-high heat, bring 2 cups of brown rice and 4 cups of water to a boil. After boiling, reduce heat to low and cover for about 30 minutes until all of the water has evaporated.
  2. Transfer brown rice to a bowl and let cool for 5-7 minutes.
  3. In another small bowl, combine lime juice, minced garlic, oil, and sea salt. Mix gently. Add to rice and stir until combined.
  4. Lastly, add in fresh chopped cilantro and stir to mix evenly.

minute rice recipe

cilantro lime rice

If you’re stumped on what to make for the holidays, click here for over 400 recipe ideas, great for any day of the week and any time of the day, and more information about the Minute® Rice family of products. I’m drooling over their stuffing recipes, especially the one with mushrooms!

minute brown rice

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Rice.

Faux Bangs Hairstyle

faux bang hairstyle

Bangs- you either love ‘em or hate ‘em, right? Back when I was a bleach blonde with ringlets, I had bangs that my mother styled every day. Then, as I got older, I tried the whole side bang trend. It looked okay when I straightened my hair, but with my natural wavy texture, they just always looked messy and weird. Ah, beauty regrets.

Now that I finally know how to style my own hair, I probably could rock the bangs if I actually thought they would look good. But I don’t. But one look I’ve been seeing lately that I might try to pull off is the faux bang look. No, I’m not talking about actually wearing fake bangs that you can buy at your local Ulta, but instead styling the front pieces of your hair as if they were bangs. Sort of like a chic come-over, if you will.

how to get fake bangs

Chi 44 Iron Guard  |  Solano Professional Super Lite Ionic Tourmaline Hair Dryer  |  Sephora Collection Deluxe Round Brush  |  Bamboo Smooth Anti-Humidity Hair Spray

To get the faux bangs look, you’ll need to follow a few steps. Wash your hair and pat dry. Apply a heat protectant and blow dry your hair up-side down first to get maximum volume. Then part your hair deeply and diagonally on one side and blow dry the “bangs” (the front portions/layers of your hair) toward your ear with a round brush. This creates the faux bangs and will keep them staying. Lightly spray the area with hairspray and hide a bobby pin or two in there if you have crazy hair that you just know won’t stay put throughout the day.

This look works well for updos, too- see Jennifer Love Hewitt or various runway models for further inspiration.


Easy Quinoa With Veggies Recipe

quinoa with veggies

My first and fondest memory of quinoa was back in college when my health-conscious roommate Courtney and I made a trip to a new grocery store near our dorm. Courtney was always the healthiest eater of the group, and this day she happened to be on the hunt for this new product: quinoa. Only Courney didn’t know how to produce the word, since it wasn’t “mainstream” yet, and I sure as hell had never even heard of it myself. We asked a young kid stocking the shelves where the quinoa was located, and he laughed at our pronunciation.

I didn’t start to eat quinoa myself regularly until recently. Now that I live with James- who also eats really healthily- I’m always on the lookout for new, healthy foods to try for us. I’d bought a few of the flavored quinoas to have as a side dish, but wanted something more fresh. When all else fails, use some olive oil, garlic and veggies to make a meal. So that’s what I did!

Cooking the peppers and onions in the olive oil, garlic and spices mixture really bring out the flavors and makes the quinoa actually have a taste. Chickpeas (you can also add in corn or edamame if you prefer) add a different texture to the meal that James and I really enjoyed. Chickpeas make everything better.

Easy Quinoa With Veggies Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 can of chick peas
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano


  1. Bring the quinoa, water, and salt to a boil in a large saucepan.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender, about 20 minutes (or just read the directions on the box).
  3. Drain and set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
  5. Stir in the garlic, and cook until the garlic softens and the aroma mellows, about 2 minutes.
  6. Add the red and green peppers and onion and continue cooking until the pepper softens, about 5 minutes.
  7. Season with cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper, and cook for 1 minute more, then stir in the cooked quinoa and chickpeas.
  8. Serve hot or cold.

 cookied quinoa

sauteed veggies

Gifts for Cat Lovers

Crazy cat ladies (and men) rejoice- here’s a holiday gift guide for fans of felines. I just love alliteration, don’t you? In my opinion, you can never have enough cat items, so why not adorn your wardrobe, bedroom and office with these cat-themed gifts? I’ve already purchased the Grumpy Cat calendar below to hang up in my new cubicle- I think it’ll be a real conversation starter if I’m being honest.

If you have the time, love and space to purchase an actual live cat for Christmas (for yourself or a friend/family member), PLEASE do so. Visit your local animal shelters and cat hospitals instead of buying. Adopt, don’t shop. You’ll bring a smile to the recipient’s face, help save an animal’s life and give a cat a nice, loving home. What would be cuter than a kitten underneath the Christmas tree?


gift for cat lovers

Grumpy Cat 2015 Calendar  |  Kitten Confidential Shaker Set  |  Cat’s What I’m Talking About Sweater  |  Danya B Cement Cats Bookend Set  |  Cats & Dots Cosmetic Bag  |  Year of the Critter 2015 Calendar in Cats  |  Check Meowt Graphic Socks

Christmas Gift Ideas for Bloggers

Chances are, you know someone who is a blogger (or you’re one yourself). And while bloggers are just normal people, they do have certain characteristics and wants that set them apart from your other friends. Bloggers in general would enjoy anything computer-related or writing-related, like a cute USB drive to store their files or a planner for them to keep as an editorial calendar. Once you get into specific niche bloggers, you can get even more specific in your gift-giving. For example, your food blogger cousin might enjoy a recipe book and your fashion blogger best friend might enjoy a pack of double-sided tape for those wardrobe malfunctions.

gifts for bloggers

Rifle Paper Co Roslie Rifle Note Pad  |  Design Darling Scalloped Desk Organizer  |  Kate Spade Take Note Little Gold  Notebook  |  Logitech Purple Wireless Mouse  |  Jonathan Adler Enamel Brackets Frame  |  Pink Macaroon Eraser  |  Kikkerland It’s a Done Meal Kitchen Timer  |  Canon RC-6 Wireless Remote Controller  |  Staples Kitten Mouse Pad  |  Urbanears Thoroughly Modern Musician Headphones in Lime  |  Sonix ‘Lolita’ iPhone 6 Case