Hidden Veggie Cheesy Zucchini Rice

Is it just us, or is getting a child to eat a healthy, well-rounded meal seemingly impossible? How many times do we really want to pick broccoli or squash up off the floor after it was thrown from a plate with a grimace of disgust. Sure, a child’s tastes and preferences change throughout their life…shoot they seem to change every hour, but in the meantime we try, try and try again to get them to eat A vegetable, let alone a few. So here are some recipes with “hidden veggies”. These recipes are based off of meals most of us know and love, but we’ve sneaked in some vegetables so the kids are happy and we can rest a little easier knowing that they have some nutrition in their diet. Good luck!

  • Serves: 6 servings
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 medium zucchini, grated (about 2 cups)
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a medium saucepan, add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Stir in the rice, cover and reduce heat to low and cook for about 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.

  2. Remove from heat and add the butter, zucchini, and cheese. Stir and let stand for about 5 minutes. Salt and Pepper to taste.

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