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Rice with Yellow Squash, Cilantro and Lime

  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 40 min
  • Ingredients 10
  • Servings 5

Ingredients

1
tablespoon of olive oil
1/3
cup onion, chopped
1
clove garlic, crushed
1
cup yellow squash (summer squash), peeled, small dice
1
cup long grain rice (this recipe is used for basmati rice)
1 3/4
cups chicken broth (or 3 cups water with a chicken bouillon cube) at room temperature
Fresh juice of 1 1/2 limes or lemons
2
tablespoons cilantro, chopped
1/2
lime, cut into wedges, for decoration
1/8
teaspoon salt

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
% Daily Value
% Daily Value*:
Exchanges:
Free
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
No nutrition information available for this recipe

Expert Tips

Decorate with pieces of lime to make it look perfect on your table.

Shortly after getting married to my Greek-American husband, he asked me, intrigued, why I liked rice so much, since I made it almost every day. Of course, I grew up eating lots of rice. In my parents' house, rice was like bread – essential to every dinner. Rice with chicken, rice with prawns or shrimp, paella, rice with beans, rice soup, rice pudding ... endless rice! The great thing about rice is that the more you add to it, the better! Each ingredient adds more and more flavor. It’s a blank canvas that you can paint with every new ingredient. Do you like sausage? Add it. How about seafood? Include that too. Prefer vegetables? Go for it. I want to share this recipe for rice that I tested a while ago and want to make again and again. I decided to make rice with cilantro and lime but with a twist ... yellow squash! The squash is subtle and does not alter the taste of cilantro or lime. If you like the taste of summer or yellow squash and cilantro, you'll love it. It's refreshing, and may just make your little ones want to eat their vegetables. Try it!

This rice is a good side dish for barbecued chicken or white fish in the summer.

In winter substitute zucchini for chickpeas to make a heavier dish.

Serve with a glass of light and dry white wine.

Directions

  • 1 Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 2 quarts saucepan over medium high heat. Stir in onion and garlic. Cook until translucent or about 3 to 5 minutes. Don’t let burn otherwise will turn brown and bitter.
  • 2 Once ready, stir in zucchini. Cook for 5 minute more or until the zucchini is a little soft. Do not overcook; so it does no fall apart when added to rice.
  • 3 Stir in rice to vegetables; stir occasionally. Once mixed, stir in chicken broth. Taste soup checking if salt is desired. Increase heat to a boil.
  • 4 Once it boils, reduce heat and cover saucepan. Cook broth has been absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • 5 When rice is ready, add the lime juice and cilantro and mix well so that the flavors are well combined.

Shortly after getting married to my Greek-American husband, he asked me, intrigued, why I liked rice so much, since I made it almost every day. Of course, I grew up eating lots of rice. In my parents' house, rice was like bread – essential to every dinner. Rice with chicken, rice with prawns or shrimp, paella, rice with beans, rice soup, rice pudding ... endless rice! The great thing about rice is that the more you add to it, the better! Each ingredient adds more and more flavor. It’s a blank canvas that you can paint with every new ingredient. Do you like sausage? Add it. How about seafood? Include that too. Prefer vegetables? Go for it. I want to share this recipe for rice that I tested a while ago and want to make again and again. I decided to make rice with cilantro and lime but with a twist ... yellow squash! The squash is subtle and does not alter the taste of cilantro or lime. If you like the taste of summer or yellow squash and cilantro, you'll love it. It's refreshing, and may just make your little ones want to eat their vegetables. Try it!

Rate and Comment

María Amelia Bazdekis María Amelia Bazdekis
September 22, 2015

Shortly after getting married to my Greek-American husband, he asked me, intrigued, why I liked rice so much, since I made it almost every day. Of course, I grew up eating lots of rice. In my parents' house, rice was like bread – essential to every dinner. Rice with chicken, rice with prawns or shrimp, paella, rice with beans, rice soup, rice pudding ... endless rice! The great thing about rice is that the more you add to it, the better! Each ingredient adds more and more flavor. It’s a blank canvas that you can paint with every new ingredient. Do you like sausage? Add it. How about seafood? Include that too. Prefer vegetables? Go for it. I want to share this recipe for rice that I tested a while ago and want to make again and again. I decided to make rice with cilantro and lime but with a twist ... yellow squash! The squash is subtle and does not alter the taste of cilantro or lime. If you like the taste of summer or yellow squash and cilantro, you'll love it. It's refreshing, and may just make your little ones want to eat their vegetables. Try it!