5-Minute Easy Cheesy Broccoli-Rice Bake

This recipe takes plain brown rice to another level with broccoli florets, organic creamy broccoli soup, sharp cheddar cheese and fresh chives. It’s a modern twist on an old-fashioned casserole. Read on…

Side dishes are often afterthoughts. And, let’s face it; they can be kind of boring. Not this time! Sure, you’ll start with plain brown rice. But it’s taken to another level when combined with broccoli florets, organic creamy broccoli soup, sharp cheddar cheese and fresh chives. It’s a modern twist on an old-fashioned casserole. Plus, it’s so quick to fix when using precooked or leftover rice. No oven is required because this dish is designed for the microwave. You’ll boost your intake of non-starchy veggies and whole grains with each spoonful of this vegetarian bake.

  1. PREP: 5 minutes
  2. COOK: 5 minutes
  3. TOTAL: 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS

SERVES 10

  • 5 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 lb Frozen Broccoli Florets
  • 2 cups Organic Creamy Broccoli Soup
  • 3/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 6 oz Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
  • 2 tbsp fresh chives

DIRECTIONS

1 Stir together rice (use chilled leftovers or make 90-second brown rice), broccoli florets, broccoli soup (or creamy mushroom soup), and salt to taste.

2 Firmly and evenly pack into a deep 10-inch-round microwave-safe dish. Sprinkle with the cheese.

3 Cover and chill in the refrigerator overnight, or until ready to serve.

4 Uncover and microwave on HIGH for 5 minutes, or until rice is hot, cheese is melted, and excess liquid is absorbed.

5 Sprinkle with chives, and serve.

6. Note: Microwave cooking times vary.

NUTRITION INFORMATION

161 CALORIES PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 cup

% DV*
Total Fat  4g5%
Saturated Fat  2g
Cholesterol  9mg3%
Sodium  329mg13%
Carbohydrates  26g13%
Dietary Fiber  3g
Sugars  1g
Protein  6g3%

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Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN

Jackie Newgent RDN, CDN, is a classically-trained chef, registered dietitian nutritionist, award-winning cookbook author, professional recipe developer, and media personality. She is author of several cookbooks, including The All‐Natural Diabetes Cookbook and Big Green Cookbook. She’s a healthy cooking instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education. Jackie is a former national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and has made guest appearances on dozens of television news shows. She resides in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. @jackienewgent

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