I think for most parents one of the hardest things to get kids to eat is their vegetables. My 2.5 year old has had a love/hate relationship with them. Some weeks she’s all about the broccoli, and others she refuses to eat anything but carbs. Rice has always been one of her favorite things to eat and sometimes is all she will eat for dinner. So I came up with a rice side dish that includes lots of veggies and is tasty for the whole family.
I searched around on Pinterest and found some recipes for rice pilaf (rice cooked in broth). Most rice pilaf recipes include onions, and other vegetables like peas. After some experimenting, I adapted a recipe into this Rainbow Rice recipe. I love making it because I can use whatever veggies I have in the house. Its flavorful and nutritious with 2 cups of vegetables hidden in it.
For this recipe I used a medium carrot, zucchini, and half of a red pepper I had leftover, but you could use whatever vegetables you have in the fridge. Other possibilities could be finely chopped broccoli, red onion, mushrooms, or peas. I love using carrots and zucchini because I can use a cheese grater to quickly grate my veggies into small pieces. Keep in mind, some vegetables have a higher water content and need to have some moisture squeezed out. Zucchini for instance can be quite wet, so I recommend grating it onto a tea towel, or paper towel, and wringing out the excess moisture.
Maybe the reason why my daughter loves this so much is because we call it Rainbow Rice. Either way, its a win for us! Follow me on Instagram, and let me know how this recipe works for your family.