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Recipe Collection: Broccoli-Cheese Rice

admin July 19, 2012

Back in the day, I used to love that boxed broccoli-cheese rice mix.  I would make it and eat it as a meal.  Of course, I don’t buy it anymore.  But I still love the concept.

Why not make it at home?

This can be a really fast lunch if you make it ahead of time.  Pair it with some baked chicken and a salad and you’re good to go.  Even if you don’t make it ahead, it’s still not bad — most of the time is “ignoring” anyway.  And it’s pretty yummy.  I actually made it with the chicken then ended up ignoring the chicken in favor of the rice. 🙂

Broccoli-Cheese Rice

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 c. minced onion
  • 1 c. brown rice (soaked, if desired)
  • 2 c. chicken stock
  • 1/2 c. broccoli florets, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 c. cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 c. cream or half-and-half

Directions:

This is simple, but it takes awhile because the rice takes time to cook — it’s just a lot of wait time!  Expect this to take a good 45 minutes due to the rice cooking.  If you choose to use white basmati rice instead, it would cut the cooking time by about half.  I typically use brown.

Step 1: In a medium frying pan, saute the onions over medium-high heat until soft.

Step 2: Add the rice, and lightly saute for 2 – 3 minutes, until golden brown.

Step 3: Add the chicken stock, stir, and cover.  Add sea salt to taste, or about 1/2 tsp. (you can add more later if needed).  This will cook with occasional stirring for about 30 – 40 minutes, until the rice is almost done.  It should look “puffy” and the grains should be splitting open.

Step 4: When the rice is almost cooked, stir in the chopped broccoli florets.

Step 5: Add the cheese, and the cream (or half&half).

Step 6: Stir this together, and allow the cheese to melt — just a minute or two.  That’s it!  Now you serve. 🙂

Broccoli-Cheese Rice

Deliciously creamy broccoli-cheese rice made from real food ingredients. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 c. onion minced
  • 1 c. brown rice
  • 2 c. chicken stock
  • 1/2 c. broccoli florets chopped
  • 1 c. cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/2 c. cream or half-and-half

Instructions

  • In a medium frying pan, saute the onions over medium-high heat until soft.
  • Add the rice, and lightly saute for 2 – 3 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Add the chicken stock, stir, and cover. Add sea salt to taste, or about 1/2 tsp. (you can add more later if needed). This will cook with occasional stirring for about 30 – 40 minutes, until the rice is almost done. It should look “puffy” and the grains should be splitting open.
  • When the rice is almost cooked, stir in the chopped broccoli florets.
  • Add the cheese, and the cream (or half&half).
  • Stir this together, and allow the cheese to melt — just a minute or two. 

What’s your favorite meal to serve this rice as a side dish with?

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5 Comments

  1. I remember eating this a as a meal a few times from the box! I’m sure this version tastes A LOT better.

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  3. Found this recipe on Pinterest, made it tonight for my family, it was fantastic! Thanks so much for posting it. Will definitely make it again. 🙂

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  4. How would you bake this?

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  5. I made a vegan version with coconut cream and nutritional yeast. Was very good as well!! 🙂

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