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Some days it can be a struggle to get your daily amount of vegetables.  I aim to include vegetables in lunch and dinner by incorporation it any way that I can.   Having a toddler also means going beyond just adding steamed vegetables on the side, it has to taste good or he won’t eat it.

It also means being creative, so I love dishes such as these that add an amazing amount of flavor to the ordinary rice.   Shaved carrots add texture while the pumpkin adds a beautiful color and slight sweetness while thyme, garlic and rich coconut milk round out the flavors in this savory rice dish.


Golden Vegetable Rice

2 cups Jasmine rice

1 onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, crushed

2 carrots, finely shredded

3 cups chopped West Indian Pumpkin (Calabaza squash)

10 sprigs thyme

`1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

½ cup coconut milk

2 ½ cups chicken stock

1 tbsp canola oil

Salt to taste

2 scallion, finely chopped

Add canola oil to a large pot.  When oil is hot, add onion and garlic.  Cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.   Add carrot, pumpkin, thyme, red pepper flakes and cook for 5 minutes until vegetables softens.  Add rice, stir to coat.  Add chicken stock, coconut milk and salt, bring to a boil.    Lower heat to a simmer; cover the pot.  Cook for 20-25 minutes.   Turn heat off and fluff with fork.     Garnish with chopped scallion.  Serve!


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  1. April 7, 2014 / 7:03 am

    I love how golden brown this rice is. It looks so amazing. The photos really bring it to life.

  2. April 7, 2014 / 7:42 am

    The color is great, you’re right. As kids get older, you probably have to come up with more creative ways to get veggies into them. Actually, this is the case with some adults too!

  3. JehanP
    April 7, 2014 / 7:47 am

    Thanks Jocelyn.

  4. JehanP
    April 7, 2014 / 7:47 am

    DuoDishes this is very true, even in adulthood we tend to skip the veggies.

  5. April 7, 2014 / 4:49 pm

    Gorgeous color and texture! I love dicing veggies small or blending them in to sauces. No one ever knows!

  6. JehanP
    April 7, 2014 / 6:18 pm

    Yes! And it provides extra nutrients. I blend vegetables into my spaghetti sauce.