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Cheesy Zucchini Rice

posted by Julie Evink on August 10, 2014

Cheesy Zucchini Rice ~ Easy Side Dish for the Week Night Loaded with Rice, Zucchini & Cheese!

Cheesy Zucchini Rice ~ Easy Side Dish for the Week Night Loaded with Rice, Zucchini & Cheese!

Every August our county fair happens and it’s pretty much the best event of the year in our small town. It’s a weekend filled tons of totally unhealthy food that’s is so amazing all in the same. Seeing old friends that come back for the event and catching up. Watching Miss K go on rides and thinking there is nothing better in the world and seeing her check out all the animals and get so, so excited. Screaming HI SHEEPIE HI!!! Ahhhhh the young excitement. I’m so glad I can still experience it through her.

Growing up the fair was pretty much my favorite thing in the world. I hear stories of me as a young child waiting and watching for the fair to come because I pretty much loved it. As I grew up I joined 4-H and got invovled that way. I had many projects from baking (duh!) to showing sheep. The days of the fair were filled with interviews, showing sheep, working the 4-H food stand with my club and hanging out with my friends. As I watch the kids now it makes me smile and it also makes me remember how much work that was! The early mornings of my parents dragging me out of bed so I can go work with my lambs to the records you had to prepare for the fair.

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  • Bri | Bites of Bri

    oh yum! I have a million (or it seems like it anyways) zucchini. This looks like the perfect weeknight dinner option.

    • Julie Evink

      Perfect way to use up that zucchini! Thanks Bri!

  • Medha+@+Whisk+&+Shout

    This looks awesome! I love seeing all the ways bloggers have been using their summer zucchini 🙂

  • Danielle | Krafted Koch

    That is funny that you enjoy the fair because of your 4-H memories, because I never want to go to the county or state fair because of 4-H! Spending the whole fair working the canteen and doing exhibits just burnt me out FOREVER! lol I enjoyed it as a kid, except for those pesky records, but now, the only draw the fair has, are the cheese curds! 🙂

    • Julie Evink

      Haha I just didn’t want to talk about bad 4-H memories!

  • Thalia @ butter and brioche

    how delicious! this looks so tasty and SO cheesy.. definitely could devour a bowlful right now!

  • barbara

    I made this last night for the family. It was very good. My only complaint is that even tho I drained my veggie in a strainer for several hours the rice came out Very watery. Next time I will decrease the liquid to 1 and 1/2 cups instead of the 1 and 3/4. This should make it less soupy. Great flavors tho and a nice way to use the squash. I used all chicken broth in place of the water. Did not want to waste the can.

    • Julie Evink

      Good tips! I usually get the carton of chicken broth so I can seal it back up again for cases like this!

  • Nicole

    Wow! Wish I was eating this for dinner right now! Looks Fantastic!

  • Robin Dimauro

    I like to saute my zucchini with some diced onions and minced garlic for a couple minutes before adding the rice and cheese…yum!

    • Julie Evink

      That sounds like a great way to add some more flavors in there Robin!

  • Anahi

    Can this be done with regular long grain rice? If so, how long should I leave it cooking?

  • Victoria+Eaves

    I made this for dinner last night! Everyone loved it! As I did not use it as a side dish, rather as the meal itself, I just doubled up on the ingredients! It was very very good, whole family loved it!

    • Julie Evink

      Glad you enjoyed it Victoria!

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