Zucchini cilantro lime rice

Is zucchini taking over your garden too? I’m throwing it in everything lately. Breakfast cookies? Boom, veggified. Stuffed peppers? Extra veggified. And now, rice. The other night the hubs cooked up some rice for me, and I only realized after it was cooked that we needed to eat leftovers instead. So I had a cup of rice sitting in the fridge looking for a recipe. I meant to throw it into my stuffed peppers, but spaced it. Only after they were cooking did I realize I still had a cup of rice that needed to be used. Since my stuffed peppers were chock full of Mexican spices I decided cilantro lime rice was in order. With zucchini of course. Boom, veggified.

zucchini cilantro lime rice


1 cup cooked rice (or boil 1/2 cup dry rice for 20 minutes & fluff w/fork)

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

juice of 2 limes (or 1/4 cup lime juice)

1/4 tsp salt

4 garlic cloves, minced

1/3 cup cilantro, chopped very fine

1 cup zucchini, shredded


In a large bowl mix olive oil, lime juice, salt, garlic, and cilantro until oil is blended well.


Add rice and zucchini. Mix thoroughly.


Serve with your favorite Mexican dish.

What’s your favorite dish to throw zucchini into?

Slow Cooker Black Beans with Green Onion Lime Rice

I work at an awesome school. The building is totally old school. Every room is different, each with its own distinct qualities. The brick building is cozy and inviting, and at first glance, it appears you are stepping into a storybook school house. But the best part about my neighborhood school is that it is walking distance to my house. This means I am able to walk home during my Tuesday morning hour prep and whip up a homecooked meal, letting my slow cooker do the majority of the work.

Today’s creation is one my new favorites, black beans, and pairs perfectly with savory brown rice. The hubs wasn’t as excited as I was, wondering why Meatless Monday was extending to Tuesday, but I assure you, these beans are perfect any day of the week.

Slow Cooker Black Beans with Green Onion Lime Rice

Ingredients for Black Beans:

2 cups dry black beans, rinsed

5 cups filtered water

2 tsp onion powder

2 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

3 garlic cloves, halved

Ingredients for Green Onion Lime Rice

1 cup short grain brown rice

2 cups filtered water

1 tsp cumin

3 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 green onion bunch, chopped

2 tsp key lime juice, or juice of 1/2 a lime

salt to taste

Directions for Black Beans:

Combine black beans, onion powder, cumin, cayenne pepper and garlic in slow cooker. Cover with water. Turn to low, cook 7 hours.

Directions for Green Onion Lime Rice

Combine brown rice, water and cumin in a medium pot. Bring to a boil, cover with lid, and reduce to simmer. Cook 45 minutes. Remove from heat and add garlic, green onion, key lime juice and salt. Stir to combine.

To serve

Top green onion lime rice with shredded cheese, black beans, salsa, tomato, avocado and anything else your heart desires.


What is your favorite black bean recipe?