Mexican Rice Balls - Healthy Side Dish

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May. 28, 2013

These Mexican Rice Balls are seriously delicious and have a fun little surprise inside! Make them for dinner tonight and you'll be the coolest mom on the block!


Short grain brown rice/Short grain rice 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Water 2 1/4 Cup (36 tbs)
Cumin 1 Teaspoon , grounded
Paprika 1 Teaspoon
Dried oregano 1 Teaspoon
Garlic powder 1/2 Teaspoon
Salt 1/4 Teaspoon
Cheddar cheese cubes 3/4 Cup (12 tbs)



1. In a pot, add in short grain brown rice, water, cumin, paprika, dried oregano, garlic powder and salt. Stir to combine.

2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 45 minutes.

3. Leave pot covered and allow it to sit on the stove, off of the heat, for 10 minutes.


4. When rice is cool enough to handle, take 2 tablespoons of it with moist hands, place a cheese cube in the center, and roll into a ball. Repeat the process with rest of the ingredients.

5. Microwave the rice balls for 10 – 15 seconds.


6. Serve rice balls with green salad.


Alternatively, place the rice balls in a steamer pot over boiling water for 1-2 minutes.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 45 Minutes
Ready In: 45 Minutes
Servings: 6

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 185Calories from Fat 63

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 7 g10.8%

Saturated Fat 3 g15%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 195 mg8.13%

Total Carbohydrates 26 g8.7%

Dietary Fiber 2 g8%

Sugars 1 g

Protein 7 g14%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet