Friday, August 29, 2014

Cheesy Zucchini Rice

Cheesy. Zucchini. Rice. Now, say that three times fast. Okay, maybe that was a little too easy, but so is this rice. With most every one having access to fresh zucchini this time of the year (especially homegrown), this rice is a must make. It's super simple to throw together and only takes 20 minutes. By the time you whip up everything else, your rice will be done and ready to enjoy. Talk about perfect timing.

Now, go over to your pantry and pull out the following - white rice, chicken broth, zucchini, some cheese and salt, pepper and a bit of garlic powder. Just a few simple ingredients to make such a yummy side dish. Or to be honest, you could just eat it on your own. I would. I mean, I have. Wait, I take it back. I didn't just tell you that. You can't really go wrong with zucchini and cheese. There is just something magical about those two things. Seriously. Plus, this rice goes with just about everything  - chicken, pork, fish. Do you need me to keep going? I am sure it's even good with just grilled veggies or tofu. Don't kill me for saying tofu. It's really good. At least I think so. Some people may beg to differ, but I digress. This rice is sure to become a favorite on your table and even better, you get your veggies in there too (which parents will love and kids will never know - sneaky, sneaky). Talk about win, win!

look at that rice-y goodness

how pretty does that look! yum!

Cheesy Zucchini Rice (Mel's Kitchen Cafe)

1 cup long-grain white rice
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 medium or 2 small zucchini, grated (no need to peel!)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (sharp or mild - whatever you like!)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper, to taste
1-2 tablespoons milk, if needed

In a medium saucepan, combine the rice and chicken broth. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat, cover and let the rice simmer for 15-20 minutes until the rice is tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed.

Remove the rice from the heat and stir in the grated zucchini, cheese, and garlic powder. Add salt and pepper to taste (don't skip this step - I needed at least 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of salt to boost the flavor). Add a tablespoon or so of milk to adjust the texture if needed. Serve warm. Enjoy!

Who knew rice could be so good!

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