Zucchini Rice Pilaf with Red Pepper


1/2 cup chopped zucchini
1/2 chopped red bell pepper
1 small red tomato
1/2 onion
1 TB olive oil
1 TB butter
1 cup Basmati Rice
1/2 cube chicken bouillon
1 1/2 cups water
2 TB Lemon Balm chopped fine
Pine nuts
Salt and Pepper
Pine nuts, optional


Coat the pan with the olive oil and butter. Add zucchini, red pepper and onion and sautee until al dente. Add chopped tomato and cook for one minute. You really want to render some pulp here to color and flavor the rice. Pour the rice, add the water and bouillon cube, salt and bring to a boil. Add the lemon balm and cover. Cook rice until done. Correct for salt and pepper. Sprinkle some freshly grated Parmesan Cheese and pine nuts , cover and let sit for about 5 minutes.

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