Baked Broccoli Cheddar Rice Cups

Baked Broccoli Cheddar Rice Cups. In my never-ending quest to force vegetables down the throats of my offspring, I’ve learned to lure them in with something they love: like cheese.

MacLean, in particular, considered all foods to merely be cheese-delivery systems.  So, this new recipe is right up my alley!  These also pack very well for lunches, and best of all: they’re gluten-free.


(image credit: Deb Nystrom)

Baked Broccoli Cheddar Rice Cups

1 cup quick-cooking brown rice, like Minute Rice (can substitute about 2 cups regular, cooked rice and omit the 1 cup stock below)

1 cup chicken stock

1 10-oz. box frozen, chopped broccoli, thawed

Sneaky inside tip: I actually use fresh because the texture is better.  If you use frozen broccoli or spinach, after thawing just throw the veggie square into a cheesecloth and wring it out.  It gets out all the extra water from freezing without damaging the veggies.

3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided

1/4 cup Homemade Ranch Dressing, or store-bought

Sneaky inside tip: I substitute Greek yogurt.  Less fat and calories and tastes a little tangier.

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 teaspoon salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Prepare rice as directed on package, substituting stock for the water.  Place cooked rice in a large bowl and let cool slightly.  Add the remaining ingredients, using only 1/2 cup of the cheddar cheese, and stir until combined. Transfer mixture to eight well-greased muffin cups–I like to use an ice cream scoop–and top with remaining 1/4 cup cheese.  Bake 25 minutes at 350 degrees or until tops are lightly browned and edges are starting to get crispy.

(cover image: Deb Nystrom)

BTW: If you’re looking for a supremely tasty way to slip veggies on to the plate that your offspring might actually, eat, have a look at our gorgeous roasted cauliflower, you can find it here.

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