This kid friendly 5 Minute Cheesy Zucchini Rice is the perfect quick side dish to any meal!
I’ve always been the kind of person that believes in a balanced meal. A dinner should be comprised of some sort of protein, vegetable and carb/starch. Since we have 4 kids, rice has always seemed to be a big part of our dinner repertoire. We usually buy it by the 25lb. bag full, but when I’m in a pinch and looking for a quick side dish, I love reaching for UNCLE BEN’S® READY RICE®.
It’s that convenient microwave-in-the-pouch rice that’s ready in just 90 seconds! You can find it in the rice aisle of your local grocery store! I can’t tell you how many times this rice has come to the rescue for dinnertime. Especially in the summer, when the last thing I want to do is stand over a hot stove to boil rice. This super simple side dish is ready in just 5 minutes and no stove required!
This recipe is so simple that even my littlest kids can get in the kitchen and help with it! In fact, this is one of their favorite recipes BECAUSE they can actually make it all on their own!
Microwave the rice according to the package instructions, so it’s nice and hot. Then carefully pour the rice into a big bowl. While it’s microwaving I help the kids grate some zucchini and cheese, so it’s ready to go into the rice once it’s done cooking.
A little cheese, a little zucchini and a little sour cream to give it that extra creaminess! Just stir it all together, season with a little salt and pepper and your delicious side dish is ready!
My kids seriously love getting in the kitchen and whipping this up. It’s a great way to get them confident and cooking! The UNCLE BEN’S® Brand has the same philosophy when it comes to getting kids in the kitchen. In fact, they have a contest called Ben’s Beginners™ Cooking Contest that encourages kids from kindergarten to eighth grade to jump in the kitchen with their families and submit a photo preparing a rice-based meal together for a chance to win some really neat prizes! So get up and give this recipe a try first, then create your very own! 🙂
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5 Minute Cheesy Zucchini Rice
A little cheese, a little zucchini and a little sour cream to give this 5 Minute Cheesy Zucchini Rice all that extra creaminess!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 min.
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 4 to 6 1x
- Category: Side dish
- Method: Microwave
- Cuisine: American
- 2 packages of Uncle Ben’s 90 second Butter and Garlic Rice
- 1/2 cup shredded zucchini
- 1/2 cup shredded colby jack cheese (sharp cheddar would work too!)
- 2 tbsp sour cream
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Microwave the Uncle Ben’s rice according to package instructions and pour into a large bowl.
- Stir in the zucchini, cheese and sour cream until combine and cheesy.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!
Keywords: 5 minute, cheesy, zucchini, instant rice