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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Broccoli Rice Casserole


I'm always looking for ways to use my left over rice. Casseroles is got to be one delicious dish with left over rice ;along with broccoli.I guess mentioned many times in my posts about broccoli's health benefits,I don't mind saying it again,its one the best anti-cancer foods ,good for over all health.I use broccoli more often than any other veggie,in omelets,in curries,flavorful rice ,breads and soups.Working on a dessert recipe with broccoli..any ideas?

Ingredients
2 cups broccoli florets
2 cups cooked rice(left over rice will also do,I used some left over lentil rice,reason the hues of yellow in my casserole))
1 big clove garlic,chopped
1/2 a small onion,finely chopped
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs like thyme or cilantro or parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper or 1/2 teaspoon chilly powder
1 cup Organic Whole Milk
1 1/2 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth or water
1 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoon water
1 slice whole bread slice,processed to crumbs for topping[or use 1/4 cup store bought bread crumbs] OR 1/2 a cup low fat cheese
Method
Preheat Oven to 350F.
Heat oil in a saucepan and add the butter,when melted add the garlic and chopped onions.saute for a minute ,then add the broccoli and season with salt and pepper.Saute for 2 more minutes before adding the broth and milk,simmer until broccoli is tender about 8 minutes.Stir in cornstarch and simmer another 5 minutes.
Turn off the heat and combine the mixture with rice.Transfer in a baking dish and bake for about 25 minutes.Sprinkle with bread crumbs or cheese and bake for another 10 minutes until bubbly and lightly brown on the top.Serve warm .


Broccoli Rice Casserole is my entry Weekend Wokking ,November's ingredient is Broccoli,hosting WW this month is Wiffy of Noob cook

14 comments:

meeso said...

That looks great, I made a green bean casserole for my dad on Thanksgiving, and he got mad for a minute because he thought I had put broccoli in it... Then I thought about making a broccoli casserole, but you beat me to it ;) Looks very tasty!

anudivya said...

Great use of leftover rice, I got enough always! :)

notyet100 said...

this looks like nice recipe,...healthy too,..;-)

vidhas said...

Looks very yummy, nice click

Nazarina A said...

A flavorful broccoli dish that would surely have all the kids and adults for that matter, scream for more! I have an award for you!

Sara said...

This sounds great, I have a recipe I make that uses leftover rice, eggs, spinach and feta to make a casserole, it's quite good.

Purva Desai said...

I try to include broccoli in my diet by making various dishes...this one is new for me.
Will try this soon thanks for sharing

Curry Leaf said...

Love it,nice way to turn rice into delish dish

Priya said...

Excellent broccoli rice, i love anything with broccoli..looks delicious..

noobcook said...

What a great way to use broccoli, so healthy & delicious. Thanks for sharing with weekend wokking!

Cham said...

Great way to use the leftover rice, very delicious

Wandering Chopsticks said...

Dessert broccoli? Hmm. Maybe a little bit pureed in a mouse or baked in a custard?

But I'd far rather have your broccoli rice casserole. Why is it that broccoli and cheese go so great together? All that fatty cheese negates the healthfulness of the broccoli. :P

Anonymous said...

Made this tonight as a side to our protein dish and it was yummy. I made just a few minor modifications; used dried herbs/spices (tumeric b/c I liked the nice yellow color yours had), added a handful of red lentils (based on your lentil and rice addition) and didn't transfer it to a baking dish as I made the first part in my coated cast iron dutch oven. I think this recipe would work well with any number of veggies. Even our toddler ate it and she typically doesn't eat broccoli. Thanks for such a great recipe!

Anonymous said...

Just made this and it was delicious! Perfect with salmon for a balanced, healthy meal. I added shredded cheddar cheese and used 2 tablespoons of flour since I didn't have cornstarch. Great recipe!

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