Easy and delicious, this Zucchini Rice is a quick side to complement any of your favorite main dishes.
Cook rice according to package directions; stir in zucchini halfway through cooking time.
Fluff rice with fork. Stir in Parmesan cheese, green onions, cilantro and basil.
Shred zucchini using a box grater or in food processor fitted with a shredding attachment.
Substitute carrot for zucchini if desired.
Whether you’re looking for a side to complement a chicken, beef, fish, or veggie main dish, this quick and simple Zucchini Rice is perfect. Fragrant Carolina® Basmati Rice is flavored with just a few simple ingredients like zucchini, green onion, basil, cilantro, and parmesan for a versatile side that’s full of flavor and ready in just minutes. Focus your time and energy on enjoying your meal with family and not in the kitchen with this and other delicious and easy-to-make recipes like this Easy Coconut Rice or this Grilled Jalapeño Rice.
Rice sides like this one are a great way to integrate more veggies into yours and your family’s diet. For the picky eaters at home, mixing veggies into the rice and adding cheese or sauces is a great way to mask some of the vegetable flavors they may not like so much. Try this recipe with other vegetables like carrots, corn, red or green bell peppers, squash, peas, spinach, or a vegetable mix for easy sides throughout the week with different flavors and a good dose of nutrient-dense veggies.
Work with what you already have in your kitchen to create tasty rice sides. Whipping up a quick rice side doesn’t mean you have to skimp on flavor. Cook the Carolina® rice you have on hand with broth, a bouillon cube, or even just a bit of flavored oil in the water for added flavor.
You can also add herbs and spices to the liquid you are cooking your rice in for another easy way to season your rice, as well as cooking it with hot sauce, salsa, or chili flakes if you are craving something spicy.
Put those frozen veggies in your freezer to good use by thawing them and adding them to your rice for a complete and tasty side in just minutes.