Isn’t this just the cutest bowl of rice you’ve ever seen? Don’t be fooled, it’s also absolutely scrumptious.
Using ZICO Natural Coconut Water, I infused the butternut squash rice with a light and healthy coconut flavor, mixed in some organic coconut flakes for texture and a hint of sweetness and then tossed it all with chopped cilantro for a taste so sensational, you’ll be scraping the bowl.
Lu and I drink coconut water all the time at home. I love to take a swig after a workout or when I’m really thirsty and need to feel refereshed. Coconut water always does the trick.
Also, I started buying Chocolate ZICO Coconut Water and now, after dinner, I’ll take a swig or pour out half a cup of it and it satisfies my sweet tooth urges. It’s honestly helped with my weight management a bit. Talk about a versatile drink!
When designing a recipe for ZICO, I knew I had to make something coconut flavored. Well, duh. Since this is a blog dedicated to spiralizing, it was a bit more challenging. Sure, I could do a predictable coconut curry, but I wanted to really highlight the flavors of the coconut water while making a healthy, gluten-free and Paleo recipe.
Luckily, I’m obsessed with my Inspiralized rice right now. Now, let me digress for a moment.
If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you’ll know that I’m in Florida right now, visiting my parents and blogging remotely…. you know, waking up and doing work out on the deck with the sun in my face and my bikini on.
Anyway.. this means that Lu is home alone to fend for himself. Monday night (my first night away), he calls me to teach him how to make the tilapia and butternut squash rice that I left him in the fridge. To be honest, I was stunned that he was making that effort – I was expecting to get an e-mail confirming his Seamless Web order.
As I’m telling him instructions, he’s also texting me. In the end, he made the rice and devoured the entire plate (two filets of tilapia!). I was literally walking him through the process, step by step. “Okay, honey, but how long do I have to wait until I put the fish in the skillet after I put the olive oil in?” I mean, basic stuff, right? He’s so adorable, I can’t stand it.
This is our conversation:
About 10 minutes later:
How proud I am…
My point is this: if Lu can make butternut squash rice, anyone can. And you should too!
Now, head over to ZICO’s Facebook for the recipe.