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Jul 11

Cheesy Zucchini Rice

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This Cheesy Zucchini Rice is an easy, versatile side dish that pairs well with many different main courses. I love serving it with meat from the grill in the summer! I’ve seen similar versions of this recipe on several different food blogs and knew I had to try it. Who doesn’t love cheesy rice? Zucchini is a vegetable everyone in my family enjoys, but if you have a picky eater in your household they may not even notice it. The flavor and texture blend right in with the rice! You could even peel the zucchini before shredding it if you are trying to hide the green parts.

This recipe takes minimal prep, which I love on a busy weeknight. Just shred the zucchini and cheese, cook the rice, mix all the ingredients together and serve! A 2/3 cup serving of this Cheesy Zucchini Rice is just 177 calories or 5 WW Points each! To view your current WW Points for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, click here.

Cheesy Zucchini Rice in a bowl

Recipe Tips and Substitutions

  • Rice: I used brown rice but you can definitely use white if that’s what you prefer or have on hand. Brown rice cook times and liquid amounts vary, so follow the directions for your packaged rice and check to make sure it’s fully cooked before mixing in the other ingredients.
  • Cheese: I used a reduced fat cheddar, but if you have another type in your fridge you can certainly change it up. I think Parmesan would be delicious.
  • Zucchini: The shredded zucchini is great in this recipe, but if you want to try a different vegetable you can. Obviously summer squash (yellow zucchini) would work well. I also think finely chopped broccoli would be great.
  • Note: Please note that any substitutions made to the recipe may result in a change to the estimated nutrition info or WW points listed.

More Tasty, Lightened Up Side Dishes

Looking for more tasty, lightened up side dish ideas like this Cheesy Zucchini Rice? Check out my Broccoli Salad, Apple Coleslaw, Caprese Pasta Salad, Zucchini Squares, Broccoli Cheddar Twice Baked Potatoes, Summer Vegetable Sauté, Garlic Herb Mushrooms, Caprese Salad, Spinach Balls, Buffalo Cauliflower Wings, Easy Salsa Rice, Zucchini Casserole, Avocado BLT Pasta Salad, Strawberry Quinoa Salad, Easy Garlic Knots, Spinach and Parmesan Orzo, Doritos Taco Salad, and more in the Side Dishes categories of my recipe index!

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Cheesy Zucchini Rice

This Cheesy Zucchini Rice is an easy tasty side dish that pairs well with many main courses!


  • 1 cup uncooked long-grain brown rice
  • 2 ¼ cups low sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth, (you may need a bit more or less depending on your rice directions)
  • 2 ½ cups shredded zucchini, (for me this was one large zucchini)
  • 1 cup shredded 50% reduced fat sharp cheddar , (I use Cabot)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper, or more to taste
  • ¼-½ teaspoon garlic powder, to taste
  • 1-2 tablespoons skim milk


  • Cook the rice and broth together according to your rice’s package directions in a medium saucepan. My brown rice used 2 ¼ liquid for 1 cup rice and the directions were to bring them to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, covered, for 45 minutes. I have found that brown rice directions may vary, so check yours for broth quantity and cook time.
  • When the rice is cooked, fluff it with a fork. Stir in the zucchini, shredded cheese, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cook for 5-10 minutes on low, stirring occasionally, to melt the cheese and heat the zucchini. Add milk as needed (1-2 tablespoons) to thin out the texture if desired.


WW Points per (2/3 cup) serving: 5 (Points calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
To view your current WW Points for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, click here!
Nutrition Information per (2/3 cup) serving:
177 calories, 27 g carbs, 2 g sugars, 4 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 9 g protein, 2 g fiber, 338 mg sodium (from myfitnesspal.com)
Weight Watchers PointsPlus:
5 per (2/3 cup) serving (PP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
adapted from several sources including Mel's Kitchen Cafe, Buns in my Oven, and The Recipe Critic

5 comments on “Cheesy Zucchini Rice”

  1. This looks delicious!! Looking forward to making it soon.

  2. This was so yummy! I think I will decrease the salt next time for our tastes. I did have an issue with it being a little watery. I didn’t add milk. Do you think it needed to cook the rice longer? It was soft.

    • Different brown rice brands need different amounts of water and time to cook, so I would just cut back on the water a smidge next time if you use the same rice. I’m glad you liked it!

  3. Emily I’ve been following your blog for a long time now and I love the recipes you share. Keep up the excellent work 🙂

  4. This is a keeper recipe for me! I didn’t have brown rice so I made it with farro. Very good flavors, but farro is chewy, so I look forward to making it with brown rice the next time.5 stars

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