Cheesy Rice with Broccoli Made in the Oven

Cheesy rice made in the oven is really simple and hands-free. Basic instructions for making plain rice in the oven are also given. Such a cool technique! This post is sponsored by Produce for Kids.

Cheesy rice made in the oven is really simple and hands-free. Basic instructions for making plain rice in the oven are also given. Such a cool technique!

One of my favorite quick side dishes to make is oven rice. Have you done this before? So easy. You set your oven to 350°F and put a kettle on to boil. Then measure a cup of long grain white rice into a small pot that has a tight-fitting lid. Add two cups boiling water and a bit of salt. Stir and then put the lid on. Pop it into the oven for 30 minutes and it comes out perfectly. Just fluff it with a fork and eat.

Because I like making oven rice so much, I’ve come up with different variations for it, like this Cheesy Rice with Broccoli. I originally created it for Produce for Kids’ cookbook Healthy Family Classics. It’s a book full of delicious recipes that are Registered Dietitian- Approved. And since I photographed most of the recipes in the book, I had to cook them, and eat them all too. I can tell you, the PFK peeps sure know how to cook!

So, the PFK team asked me to come up with some recipes for the book. I did. And this is one of them. It’s pretty great, if I do say so myself. It’s done in one pot in the oven, like the basic oven rice. It takes a bit longer than the basic recipe though and is cooked at a slightly higher temperature. This is because of the broccoli in the mix.

I love this recipe so much. It’s pretty hands-free, and yet super-delicious. My kids love how it tastes, and I love how easy it is. I also love that it’s healthy comfort food. You can never go wrong with that.

Let’s dig into some cheesy rice!

Christine xo

Cheesy Rice with Broccoli in the Oven

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 2 cups finely chopped broccoli florets
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 and 3/4 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup shredded lowfat Cheddar cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Combine rice, broccoli, oil and salt in a medium oven-safe sauce pan that has a tight-fitting lid. Add the boiling water. Stir.
  3. Cover and bake until rice is tender and water is absorbed, about 35 minutes. Fluff with a fork and gently stir in cheese.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Produce for Kids. All opinions are my own.

One Response to “Cheesy Rice with Broccoli Made in the Oven”

  1. Helen — March 23, 2016 @ 12:58 am (#)

    I love broccoli and easy dishes so this is perfect! looks super yummy

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