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Broccoli-Cheddar Rice Bake

Packaged brown rice makes this cheesy casserole easy to pull off. Pair this recipe with a tossed salad for a balanced, vegetarian dinner.

Serves 4
Ready in 25 mins
Prep time 5 mins
Cooking time 20 mins
574 calories per serving


> 1 (15.9 oz) pkg Nature's Promise® precooked Whole Grain Brown Rice
> 2 tbsp olive oil
> 1 tbsp butter
> 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
> 1 1/2 cups reduced-fat milk
> 1/4 tsp dried thyme
> 1/2 tsp onion powder
> 6 oz Cheddar cheese, coarsely grated, divided
> 1 (16 oz) pkg frozen chopped broccoli, thawed


Preheat oven to 375°F. Heat the rice according to package directions.
In a medium pot, heat the oil and butter on medium until melted. Sprinkle in the flour. Cook 2 min., stirring constantly. Gradually whisk in the milk until smooth. Heat to a boil on high, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer 2 min. Stir in the thyme, onion powder, and most of the Cheddar, reserving ⅓, until smooth.
Into pot, stir the broccoli and rice until well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a 1½-qt baking dish. Top with reserved Cheddar. Cover with foil and bake 15–20 min., until hot.

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