Hey there– here’s a new favorite side dish, easy, fast, fresh and creamy delicious. It is a good match for a whole list of main dishes. I made it a couple weeks ago when my dear friend Jenon came for dinner– lime salmon, asparagus, sturdy bread, a bright salad and this yummy rice. Add in easy conversation with an old friend and it makes a fine dinner…
CHEDDAR ZUCCHINI RICE
2 tab. butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup rice
2 cups water
1/2 tsp. salt
2 zucchini, grated to shreds
1 cup grated cheddar cheese*
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Stir in the garlic and cook 30 seconds over low heat. Then stir in the rice, water and salt. Bring up to a low simmer and cook 10 minutes until all the water is absorbed and the rice is tender.
Stir the uncooked, grated zucchini and the cheddar into the hot rice. Taste and add salt and/or pepper if you want to season it a bit more. Easy, beautiful and delish!
*I used Colby-jack cheese, any easy melting cheese will do.