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Vegetable Dirty Rice

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 20 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 8 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 10 ingredients

This vegetable dirty rice is a vegan version of dirty rice that tastes absolutely great. It’s easy and fast, and the leftovers, if there are any, make a great candidate to keep in the freezer...


  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 onion, large dice
  • 2 bell peppers, large dice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 summer squash or zucchini, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
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Nutrition Facts


265 cals


8 g

Saturated Fat

1 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

1 g

Monounsaturated Fat

6 g


43 g


4 g


4 g


5 g


25 mg


  1. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine rice and vegetable stock. Bring to boil, reduce to simmer and cover until cooked, about 18 minutes.
  2. While rice is simmering, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Saute onions, peppers, and garlic. Lower the heat to medium, and cook the vegetables until onions are translucent.
  3. Add squash and season with salt, paprika, and cayenne. Saute for two minutes, then reduce heat to low, cooking until vegetables are tender.
  4. When rice is fully cooked, fold into the vegetables. Stir in parsley and serve.

Chef Tips

If the rice is ready before the vegetables are cooked, turn off the heat and leave it covered on the back of the stove to steam. Fluff with a fork before adding to the vegetables.

Traditional dirty rice is made with chicken organs including the gizzards and liver. If you are making this rice as an accompaniment to whole chicken, and there are giblets inside, put the neck inside the bird and dice up the heart, liver and gizzards to saute with the vegetables in step 2.

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