July 28, 2012

Cheesy Zucchini Rice

Have you guys been seeing this recipe all over Pinterest?  Who am I kidding - of course you have! Doesn't it sound yummy?  Well . . . zucchini season has officially started and I am ready for it.  Bring it on!  I have a long list of recipes to try.  So, consider yourself forewarned.  

This rice was great.  I couldn't actually taste the zucchini and if it wasn't for the green color, I probably wouldn't even have known it was in there.  Even though I couldn't taste it, just knowing it was in there made me feel good, since I was eating my serving of vegetables for the day.  I will definitely be making this one again.  

Cheesy Zucchini Rice
adapted from: Buns In My Oven
(Printable Recipe)

1 Tbl. extra virgin olive oil
1 c. long-grain rice
2 c. low-sodium chicken broth
2 Tbl. butter, opt.
1 med. or 2 sm. zucchini, grated (I added around 1 - 1 1/2 cups)
1 c. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp. garlic powder, opt. 
salt and pepper
splash of milk, as needed (I added 2-3 Tbl.)

Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Add the rice and stir to coat.  Toast the rice, stirring often, until golden.  Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil.  Turn heat to low and cover.  Cook 15-20 minutes or until liquid is mostly absorbed.  Stir in the butter, grated zucchini, shredded cheese and garlic powder.  Cover and let sit 5 more minutes.  Taste and add salt and pepper, to taste and add a little milk if you would like it creamier.  Serves: 4    

Jenn's Notes: I forgot to add the butter and garlic powder and it still tasted yummy.  I used Medium Cheddar and my rice only had a slight cheesy flavor.  I chose not to peel my zucchini, but if you want it to be a little more hidden, you could peel yours.   


  1. Do you suppose this would work well also with yellow summer squash??

    1. I haven't tried it, but I think it would work, because don't they both have a similar texture and flavor? - Jenn

  2. whaaaa??? you forgot to add butter? lol
    Looks fabulous!

  3. That looks really good! I'll bet my 7 year old would like that sans the zucchini.

  4. Looks great.. I am always trying to sneak in zucchini when it is in season, and this looks like a good disguise.

  5. Oooh, it looks and sounds good. I try to avoid looking at recipes on Pinterest. ;) Stopped in from Sunday's Best!

  6. This looks so good! Such a great way to cut back on carbs. I'd love for you to share this on my Marvelous Mondays party. http://www.jamscorner.com/2012/07/marvelous-mondays-link-party-5.html

    Have a great day!

  7. I wanna grab it from my computer!

    Hopping by and following your lovely blog (FB and Pinterest).

    The Quiet Mom blogging @ How to Cook Fresh Artichoke Recipe

  8. Yellow squash worked just fine. Entire family RAVED about it!

    1. Good to know and I am so glad everyone liked it!! - Jenn

  9. It's still a zucchini season, but pumpkin is keep knocking on the door. I am going to trí this tomorrow... next the my pumpkin crema suop :) thanks for it. Have a nice weekend


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