Confetti Rice Pilaf

"This colorful rice is a great way to sneak some veggies into the kids!"
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  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat the oil and saute onion for 3 minutes (until slightly soft).
  • Turn up heat to high and add rice.
  • Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and add the carrot and zucchini and cook for another minute.
  • Add the hot water or stock to rice and gently stir.
  • Bring up to a boil.
  • Cover and reduce heat to medium low.
  • Simmer for about 20 minutes, until rice is tender and cooking liquid has been absorbed.
  • Add the salt, pepper, parsley, and parmesan and serve immediately.

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  1. FrVanilla
    Very good mix of veggies. I really like the fresh parsley and parm cheese. If you use stock, be careful with the salt... 1 tsp is too much for my taste.
  2. Gerry
    Excellent! This Rice Pilaf made a hit at our house - one could tell by the empty bowl - and yes we will be making this again - soon! Made as posted no changes needed for this pilaf. Love when a dish comes to the table looking as good as it tastes as this one does. Thank you for another Roxygirl recipe that made it to my favourites.
  3. cause4chubbyhubby
    Great!!! I doubled the carrots and left out the zucchini, used jasmine rice and it came out perfect!!! My husband who just HAS GOT to have meat with his supper claimed he could have made a meal out of just the rice!!!
  4. SweetsLady
    Great recipe! I used canola oil. I also didn't have any zucchini and I used dried parsley 2 teaspoons. Thank you for posting!
  5. mommyluvs2cook
    I don't think I've made many rice pilaf's but this was my favorite :) Added spinach, just cause I had it :)


  1. lightningrapier
    My carrots had seen better days so I decided to toss them instead of using them. (: Used a half can of corn instead (I know, I know) and had a huge zucchini from the garden, so I peeled and shredded it and used about a third. Used chicken broth, long grain white rice and some garlic powder and a dash of cayenne pepper at the end. Oh, and we didn't have any onions so I used some green ones, and 2 tbsps of butter instead of oil. AND didn't have fresh parsely so I followed advice here and used 2 tsps of dried.<br/><br/>Anyway, even though it sounds like I kind of deviated a lot from the recipe I think I still got the general gist, and it's very good! I think I'd like to try finding a way to make this in the rice cooker next time because I've gotten so spoiled that I always seem to over or under cook rice I make in a pan these days. Anyway, very good!<br/><br/>Served this with Parmesan Crusted Tilapa (#169764).
  2. HeatherN
    I'm giving this 4 stars, not because I didn't like the taste, but because I made the mistake of using brown rice....I let it cook on low for over an hour. The rice still wasn't done and there was a lot of liquid left. Next time I'll use regular white rice and re-rate it. :-) It tasted really good though and I liked the colorful presentation. I chopped all the veggies in the food processor so it was ready to go in just a few minutes. I used broth instead of water and added just a bit of salt at the end. Great recipe, thanks for posting.


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