I've been a lazy cook recently. I've been making more of the "throw a bunch of stuff in a pan and call it dinner" kind of mood. I haven't really been in mood to create new recipe and have been sticking with some old stand by recipes. This is a great recipe that comes together quickly and is quite versatile. I've made it several times and it's never really the same every time.
I love putting a zucchini in this but found that my last zucchini was not good. Very disappointing. So I threw a red pepper in there instead. I liked it and will probably use both next time I make it.
You can get creative with the cheeses as well. Cheddar and Parmesan combo is probably my favorite but I always have Colby jack in the fridge so that gets used often too.
This is an especially easy meal if you have leftover rice in the refrigerator. When I make rice, I always make a big batch and somehow it always seems to get used. This time I only had about 2 cups of cooked rice rather than 3 cups. I thought about making more but you know, that lazy thing kicked in and I decided that 2 cups would do.
What are some of your favorite lazy meals to make?
Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole
2 tbsp. butter
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tbsp. garlic, minced
1/4 cup flour (I used gluten free)
2 cups milk
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. salt and pepper
8 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded (or whatever kind you have)
1/3 cup fresh Parmesan cheese, shredded
3 cups cooked rice, I used brown
3 cups cooked broccoli florets
1 small red pepper, chopped
1 small zucchini, cut in rounds and halved
Spray a 9 x 13 in. casserole pan. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over low heat, add onion and saute for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute for about a minute. Whisk in flour and cook 3 - 4 minutes, whisking constantly. Slowly stir in milk, mustard and season with salt and pepper, bring to a simmer for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add most of the cheddar cheese (saving about 1/3 cup for the top), add Parmesan cheese. Stir until mostly melted, remove from heat.
Stir in rice and broccoli florets, pour into casserole pan, sprinkle remaining 1/3 cup cheese over top. Bake 20 - 30 minutes at 400 until bubbly and lightly golden on top.