Cheesy Rice with Broccoli Made in the Oven
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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.
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!
Cheesy Rice with Broccoli in the Oven
- 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
- Preheat oven to 400ºF.
- Combine rice, broccoli, oil and salt in a medium oven-safe sauce pan that has a tight-fitting lid. Add the boiling water. Stir.
- Cover and bake until rice is tender and water is absorbed, about 35 minutes. Fluff with a fork and gently stir in cheese.