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Veggies and Rice with Parmesan

posted Oct 19, 2011, 7:44 AM by Jeanie Moore

1 cup brown Texmati rice (or the rice that you prefer)

2 ¼ cups water (you may need more or less water with a different kind of rice)

¼ tsp. salt


1 tbsp. olive oil

2 cloves garlic- minced

3 green onions-chopped

8 oz. raw broccoli florets

12 oz. cauliflower florets

9 oz. carrots - sliced to about ¼” thickness

11 oz. zucchini (1 zucchini)-sliced to about 1/3” thickness

5 ½ oz. yellow squash (1 squash)-sliced to about 1/3” thickness

8 oz. green beans-trimmed

10 oz. butternut squash-peeled and chopped into 1” pieces

(if you aren’t sure how to peel a butternut squash, A Veggie Venture will show you It‘s really easy!

2 oz. parmesan-grated

Spray butter

Prepare the pot for the veggies--it should be big (like a pot you’d cook a good sized batch of pasta in). I used one that was about 10” across and 6” high. Add water to just below the steamer bottom. Add the butternut squash. Cook for about 30 minutes.

Heat olive oil in a medium sized pot. Add garlic and cook till light brown. Add rice and water. Add salt and pepper. If you are using Texmati rice, heat to a boil. Then reduce the heat and simmer with a lid on the pot. About 15 minutes before the rice was done, add the green onions. I needed to add more water than what I was supposed to need, so you should check the rice periodically and stir.

Heat the oven to about 325 F.

Remove butternut squash from the steam pot.  Add more water, if needed.  Add the other veggies to the steamer pot and steam them however long you like them steamed.

This is how long I cooked my veggies:

Zucchini - 9 minutes

Yellow squash - 9 minutes

Green beans - 15 minutes

Broccoli - 17 minutes

Cauliflower - 17 minutes

Carrots - 17 minutes

When the rice is done, toss in the parmesan (save some for sprinkling on top, if you like.

Put the rice in an oven safe dish. Top with the cooked veggies. Sprinkle with a little cheese. Put in the oven for a few minutes to heat a bit, less than five would be great.