As side dishes go, this cheesy zucchini rice is pretty much perfect! It's one pot, super easy to make, goes with everything, and is incredibly delicious. The texture is so perfect, too... creamy and smooth and velvety. As much as I love zucchini, I really like that the zucchini in this dish kind of slips into the background and lets the cheesy goodness shine instead. It sure makes it easier to convince the kids that they're just eating rice, instead of a bunch of zucchini. :) I've been making this rice for over a year now and it continues to be one of my very favorite easy side dishes. It's super great for those busy nights when I'm throwing dinner together and need something quick and nutritious!
Cheesy Zucchini Rice
adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe
1 cup white rice
2 cups chicken broth
1 medium or 2 small zucchini, grated (about 2 cups)
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt + pepper to taste
1-2 tablespoons milk
In a medium sauce pan, combine rice and broth, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered for 15-20 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and stir in zucchini, cheese, garlic powder, and salt and pepper. Stir in milk if needed to thin out the sauce. Serve warm.
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