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Rice With Mixed Vegetables

Rice With Mixed Vegetables is a simple, delicious, all-in-one side dish that everyone will love and one that you'll want to make again and again!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Resting Time5 mins
Total Time35 mins
Servings: 6 (about 1 cup each)
Calories: 153kcal
Author: Michelle / Now Cook This!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons roasted chicken base, I use Better Than Bouillon
  • ½ tablespoon butter
  • 1 (12-ounce) bag frozen mixed vegetables (peas, carrots, corn, green beans, and lima beans)
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Rinse the rise in a fine mesh strainer under cold water until the water runs clear or mostly clear. It should take 3 to 5 minutes. Note: This step is optional, but rinsing the rice will remove excess starches on the outside of the rice, which helps you get fluffy rice rather than sticky rice.
  • Combine the water, roasted chicken base, rice, and butter in a medium sauce pot (I use a 3-quart sauce pot). Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Cover the pot, reduce the heat, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed.
  • While the rice is cooking, cook the frozen mixed vegetables according to the package directions either on the stove top or in the microwave. Drain any water.
  • When the rice has finished cooking, remove the pot from the heat and let it sit, covered, for 5 minutes.
  • Fluff the rice with a fork, add the cooked mixed vegetables, and stir to combine. Add salt and pepper, to taste, if desired.

Recipe Notes

  • I use roasted chicken base because that is my favorite, but you can change it up and use vegetable base or roasted beef base (or whatever flavor you like or whatever goes best with your main dish).
  • You can substitute 2 cups of chicken broth or stock for the water and roasted chicken base (although I think the chicken base has much more flavor).
  • You can also keep it super simple and just use water.
  • You can change things up by using other varieties of mixed vegetables.
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