This meal is one of kids' favorites and gets requested all the time. Of course, they would go for regular pasta and no veggies, but I insist on making it healthier, so it's gluten free. For some reason my babes love all the raw vegetables, but as soon as I roast a pepper, it becomes a big no-no.
This meal is not something you will find in American recipe books. It came from Eastern Europe and is still loved there. I like it because even though it's not a diet food, it is very filling and also gluten free.
On the Old Continent we call this dish plov. The closest translation is rice pilaf, so be it. If you ever travel to Uzbekistan, Georgia, and other regions around them, you will definitely be served plov.