I made this for my 3 kids and myself for lunch and we all liked it. I think that this DEFINITELY should be served with the rice. I was using it as a lunch and served it with toasted French baguette, but feel it was lacking something without the rice. I would add carrots to this next time because I think they would be very complementary and add a more savory flavor. Also, the apples are like little lava balls that never cool down...if you are feeding this to a young child make sure you check how hot they are because my 2 y.o. screamed because it was too hot for him. Thanks for another good recipe DinnerBelle. Made for for PAC Spring 2013.