Cheesy Yellow Squash Rice

On Sunday, August and I took a big step in our relationship…we finally got a membership to Costco!

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We’d been debating between Costco and Sam’s and even went to walk around and compare prices at both of them last weekend (just fyi the prices are more or less equal).  After checking out the products sold at each and reading reviews online we finally decided on Costco.  The thing that pushed us over the edge was the great dog food they sell compared to the crappy stuff sold at Sam’s.  Yes, we allow our dog’s needs to come before our own. :)  Anyways, after our trip yesterday we now have 4 lbs each of strawberries and grapes.

Guess I know what I’ll be snacking on this week. ;)

Dinner

I was really excited about the meal we were planning on for last tonight.  It was based on this cheesy zucchini rice.  We’re not huge zucchini fans though, so we substituted that for yellow squash and tried to healthify it up just a touch.

Ingredients

2 small yellow squash

1 cup long grain white rice

3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

2 cups chicken stock

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp garlic powder

salt and pepper to taste

Directions

1. Heat olive oil in a medium sauce pan, add rice, and stir until fully coated.

2. Add chicken stock while on high heat, allow to boil, cover, and turn to low heat.  Cook, covered for 15-20 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed.

3. While rice is cooking use cheese grater to thinly grate both squash.

4.  Remove rice from heat and add squash, cheese, and garlic powder.  Stir until well mixed and allow to sit for 5 minutes.

5. Serve and enjoy.

We served ours with a side of roasted broccoli.

Let me just say, this meal was awesome.  By adding the squash we doubled the portion for almost no extra calories.  That’s a win in my book. :) When we make this again (and we definitely will) I think we’ll try brown rice rather than white and I might just go ahead and chop up the broccoli and add it right in.

So tell me, are you a Sam’s or Costco member?  Have you ever been to either one?  Growing up my mom always had a Sam’s membership and it wasn’t until just a couple years ago that I had ever heard of Costco.

Do you like to add veggies right into your meals to increase the portion for a fraction of the calories?  

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