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Zucchini Cilantro Rice



I’m always looking for new ways to add veggies to my son’s diet. Then I remembered when I was a little girl my grandmother used to add zucchini into our Mexican rice along with cilantro, and I never knew it was there. I made this zucchini cilantro rice last night for dinner along with mole enchiladas, and my son ate it down with no hesitation. I usually get some push back from him when it comes to zucchini, but not last night. Make this lovely rice for dinner tonight. Enjoy!

Ingredients for zucchini cilantro rice:

  • 3 – tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 – cups rice
  • 1 – zucchini (cut into small pieces)
  • 1/2 – cup cilantro leaves (chopped fine)
  • 1 – tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 – teaspoon Lawry’s seasoning salt
  • 1/2 – teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 – teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 – cups chicken broth


  1. In a medium size sauce pan fit with a lid (place lid to the side for a later use) over a medium flame, add butter and allow to melt.
  2. Add in rice. Allow rice to brown, mixing with a wooden spoon every two to three minutes. This should take about 10 minutes.
  3. Add in zucchini and continue to saute rice and zucchini for about 7 additional minutes.
  4. Add in cilantro, garlic, seasoning salt, basil, and black pepper. Mix to combine.
  5. Pour in broth and bring to a boil.
  6. Once broth is boiling, cover pan with lid, and LOWER flame to a simmer.
  7. Cook for 20 minutes.
  8. Enjoy.

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