I, like Jenna, have a love of cilantro. I love it almost as much as I love lime juice on anything and everything Mexican. I developed this easy dinner combining all my favorite Mexican ingredients for several components of the meal, so to cut down on the groceries. The sauce is delicious! It is a chimichurri variation that has so much flavor, but could also be a great substitute for guacamole (it cuts out a lot of the calories). I use it to top the meat and I also stirred it in to prepared rice. I served this dinner with some simply grilled yellow squash that I brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and cumin. This meal is smoky, tart, bright and spicy. Seriously, I could eat the sauce every day and be happy.
For the Meat:
1 LB Chicken Breasts or Skirt Steak (serves 3-4)
Marinade Meat for 30 min and up to 3 hours in: 1/2 Tablespoon of Salt, 1/4 Tablespoon of Pepper, 1/2 Tablespoon of Cumin, 1/2 Teaspoon of Cayenne, 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil, 2 cloves of chopped Garlic. Whisk together, place meat in large freezer bag, pour marinade in the bag, massage into meat and chill in the refrigerator.
Grill Meat over a high heat until cooked. Slice against the grain of the meat. Serve with the Chimichurri.
For the Cilantro and Lime Chimichurri:
Combine in a mini-chopper, blender or food processor until finely chopped and well mixed: 2 cloves of Garlic, 4 husked Tomatillos, 4 trimmed Green Onions, 2 cups roughly chopped Cilantro, juice of 2 Limes, 1 deveined and seeded Jalapeno, 1 Tablespoon of Green Tabasco, 2 Tablespoon of White Wine Vinegar, 1 large Avocado, 2 teaspoons of Salt, 1/2 teaspoon of Pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of Cumin. (makes 1 1/2 cups)
For the Rice:
Prepare as much rice as instructed on package for the amount of people you are serving. Stir in a healthy portion of the chimichurri once prepared. Eat.
To make your life as easy as possible, you could make the chimichurri a day in advance or early in the day, as well as marinate your meat. That way all you have to do is make your rice and grill your meat and veggie.
Last step: DEVOUR. :)