Cheesy Rice and Broccoli

Cheesy Rice and Broccoli is a delicious dairy-free casserole with a twist! This is a ooey, gooey "cheesy" rice recipe! I put a twist on this recipe by adding onions and black beans. 

This dairy-free cheese sauce tastes just like regular cheese sauce, but it's even better and much healthier! This is a healthy rice and broccoli casserole recipe. You can make it a meal or a side dish...it usually ends up being a complete meal for me because I just can't stop eating it! 

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups organic brown rice (dry)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 can organic black beans
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 package frozen organic broccoli florets 
  • Green onions, garnish
  • 2 cups dairy-free cheese sauce
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil (or olive oil)

Directions:

  1. Add two cups of rice to 4 cups boiling water. Cover & reduce to a simmer. Prepare according to package (usually 30-40 min.)
  2. Meanwhile, prepare dairy-free cheese sauce and set aside. 
  3. Chop yellow onion. Heat 1 teaspoon coconut oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add onions to skillet. Sprinkle with sea salt. Saute until translucent. 
  4. Blanch frozen broccoli in hot water until thawed. (Do not over cook). Drain and set aside. 
  5. Rinse black beans and set aside.
  6. Add cooked rice, broccoli, and beans to the skillet. Pour in the "cheese sauce". Toss to combine. Let simmer over medium-low heat until warmed through. (Option 2- combine all ingredients in a large casserole dish and bake in the oven for about 20 min. at 350'). 
  7. Garnish with chopped green onions. 

Optional- You could substitute asparagus for the broccoli...it's very tasty! And I also add sauteed mushrooms sometimes! Yummy! 

I added a little extra red pepper flakes to the cheese sauce to kick-it up a notch! You could leave out the red pepper and cayenne if you don't like spice. 

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