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Broccoli Rice Cheese Casserole

Broccoli Rice Cheese Casserole

Broccoli Rice Cheese Casserole

Broccoli Rice Cheese Casserole

I am trying to get a jump start on comfort foods for fall and winter.  Rice, potatoes, and pasta are creamy foods that lead my list.  I actually try to balance menus with one of these carbohydrates.  Broccoli Rice Cheese Casserole is also an excellent entree for a vegetarian meal.

Steamed Broccoli and Vegetable Blend

Steamed Broccoli and Vegetable Blend

Using canned soup and frozen broccoli speeds up the cooking process.  I have started to steam vegetables in the microwave.  I put the chopped or diced vegetables in a small bowl, add 1-2 teaspoons water, depending on the amount of vegetables, cover with plastic wrap and steam for 1 minute.  Occasionally I will have to add a minute.  They are ready to be combined with other vegetables or meats and sauces.  I do not add  salt or oil to saute.  

 

Broccoli Rice Cheese Casserole
 
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A good recipe to have for pitch-in dinners and a winter comfort food for week day dinner.
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Recipe type: Rice Vegetable Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • ½ cup long grain rice
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons finely diced onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons jalapeno pepper, finely diced
  • 1-2 tablespoons sweet mini peppers, diced
  • 1 cup steamed broccoli cuts or 10 oz. frozen broccoli
  • 1 can 10¾ ounces, Nacho cheese soup
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼-1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons bread crumbs, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook the long grain rice in the chicken broth until broth is absorbed.
  2. Cut and dice the onion, garlic, peppers.
  3. Put into a small microwave dish, add 1 teaspoon water.
  4. Microwave 1 minute or until onion is translucent.
  5. Steam the cut broccoli, just until crisp.
  6. In a larger pan blend the Nacho soup and milk, cook until hot and bubbly.
  7. Add the broccoli, diced vegetables, and rice, stir to blend.
  8. Pout into a 9 x 9 x 2 casserole.
  9. Sprinkle with bread crumbs.
  10. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top.
  11. Bake at 350 F 20 minutes
Notes
To make a 9 x 13 casserole, use 1 cup long grain rice and 2 cups chicken broth. Adjust vegetable as desired......This was adapted from Campbell's Soup Kitchen..............Julia Ann and cookbookinabox® in partnership with Netta Belle’s Choice® brings you great recipes for your cooking experience. ©2007-2017 Netta Belle’s Choice® The Art of Gourmet Cookery® cookbookinabox® “Reg. U.S. Pat. & Trdmk. Off.” Reg. “Trade-marks Canadian Intellectual Property Office. “ Netta Belle’s Choice® The Art of Gourmet Cookery® cookbookinabox® All rights reserved.

 

 

Round out your meal of Broccoli Rice Cheese Casserole with

Green Beans with Red Pepper Stir Fry

Green Beans - Red Bell Pepper Stir Fry

Green Beans – Red Bell Pepper Stir Fry

Use your favorite recipe for green beans:  canned, frozen or fresh.  Fix them by stir-frying, steaming. slow-cooker  or in the pressure cooker, with or without ham.

Spinach-Romaine Lettuce Salad

Spinach-Romaine Lettuce Salad                                          

Try the Spinach-Romaine Lettuce Salad.

And for Dessert :  American Apple Pie

American Apple Pie

American Apple Pie

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Creamy Rice Pudding

Creamy Rice Pudding

Creamy Rice Pudding

Creamy Rice Pudding

Rice:  A dish of many flavors.

Rice is a stable grain used all over the world.  This is one grain used in soups, salads, entrees, desserts in multiple cuisines. There are 8,000 varieties.  The more common varieties we see in our stores are Arborio, a round grain used in the Italian dish, risotto.  Basmatic rice is an aromatic nutlike fragrance and light texture.  Sweet Rice is very sticky to make sushi and Jasmine is a soft textured rice.  More common in U.S. groceries are the long grain, medium grain, brown rice and wild rice. 

Brown Rice

Raw Brown Rice, 1 cup

Raw Brown Rice, 1 cup

Brown rice has the most benefits. It has abundant amounts of fiber, complex carbohydrates, essential B vitamins, manganese and selenium . There are several layers to a grain of rice, the hull, the outermost layer and  inedible is removed to get brown rice.  White rice is milled and and polished which removes the bran and germ removing important layers of nutrients. Polished white rice must be “enriched” with vitamins B1, B3 and iron which are destroyed in the processing.

Cooked Brown Rice

Cooked Brown Rice, 2 cups

Health Benefits of Brown Rice

It is recommended to include in your diet a serving of whole grains, such as brown rice, 6 days per week to get the most benefits from grains.
<  Manganese , provides antioxidant protection , helps in energy production, and lowers type 2       Diabetes Risk.
<  Those  eating fiber-rich food of whole grains gained less weight than  when eating refined             grains.
< Cholesterol is lowered by the oil in whole brown rice.
<  Nutrients in whole grain protect again heart disease.

Put Rice in your Menu

After the big discussion on brown rice, I have to admit I frequently use long grain rice.  Last week in my blog, I talked about the Creamy Rice Pudding that I had made to go with the Chicken Schnitzel and Roasted Mixed Vegetables.  I used white long grain rice.

Cooking the Rice and Milk

Cooking the Rice and Milk

The  Creamy Rice Pudding recipe I used is a favorite of the family.  I have adapted it from Chef Ron Lock‘s recipe.  I made changes in the milk I used, I used vanilla soy milk and evaporated milk and added the toasted sliced almonds.

Cooking Rice Pudding

Cooking Rice Pudding

Creamy Rice Pudding

Creamy Rice Pudding

Creamy Rice Pudding
 
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A delicious creamy pudding of rice, raisins, cinnamon and almonds breakfast or dessert for lunch or dinner.
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Recipe type: Creamy Rice Pudding
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup uncooked long grain white rice
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 cup vanilla soy milk
  • ½ cup evaporated milk diluted with ½ cup water
  • ⅓ cup white sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ⅔ cups raisins
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • toasted sliced almonds
Instructions
  1. Boil 1½ cups water to boiling in a medium sauce pan.
  2. Add the uncooked rice.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, do not let rice get to dry and stick.
  4. In another medium sauce pan, combine the cooked rice, 1½ cups milk, sugar and salt.
  5. Cook over medium heat until thick and creamy, about 15 - 20 minutes.
  6. Add the remaining ½ cup milk, beaten egg and raisins.
  7. Cook 2 minutes more, stirring constantly.
  8. Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla.
  9. Top with cinnamon, nutmeg and toasted almonds.
Notes
This recipe is adapted from Chef Ron Lock. https://www.facebook.com/TheChef RonLock/.....................................................................................................Julia Ann and cookbookinabox® in partnership with Netta Belle’s Choice® Spices, bring you great recipes, outstanding herbs and spices for your cooking experience. ©2007-2017 Netta Belle’s Choice® The Art of Gourmet Cookery®
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Here are ideas for other rice recipes to try.

Oriental Vegetable and Rice Bowl   

Oriental Vegetable and Rice Bowl

Oriental Vegetable and Rice Bowl

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Bell Peppers Stuffed with with Beans and Rice

Red Bell Bell Peppers Stuffed with Beans and Rice

Red Bell Bell Peppers Stuffed with Beans and Rice

Chicken & Mushrooms in Herb Sauce served over Rice

Chicken & Mushrooms in Herb Sauce

Chicken & Mushrooms in Herb Sauce

 

 

 

 

 

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