I'm always looking for new side dishes. I feel like I can come up with a main dish no problem but what the heck should I serve on the side? Well, I like Rice-a-Roni as much as the next person but all of that salt and artificial stuff? I guess I will leave it. Leave it for this Cheesy Veggie Rice. Seriously so much tastier and better for you! I used brown jasmine rice and loaded it up with well, veggies. It is the perfect little side dish and you can totally pull one over on your kiddos since it is covered with cheese.
Cheesy Veggie Rice
1 tablespoon butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup Brown Jasmine Rice (or long grain white or brown rice)
2 cups chicken stalk
1/2 cup zucchini, shredded
1/2 cup carrots, shredded
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 cup cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Start by preheating a sauce pan on medium heat with the butter. Once the butter starts to melt, add the garlic and let it cook for about two minutes.
Add the rice and chicken stalk. Bring to a boil and cook according to the directions that come with the rice but shy about 5 minutes. For example, my rice typically takes 35 minutes. I cooked it for 30.
After the rice is almost cooked, add the shredded zucchini and carrots as well as the peas. Stir and place the cover back on the saucepan. Let cook for the remaining 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, stir in the cheese and season with salt and pepper.
Recipe by: Mrs. Schwartz inspired by: Pink Parsley