Saturday, February 21, 2009

broccoli casserole!

let's just start out by saying that this photo does no justice.  this blurry (bright!) picture in no way demonstrates the cheesy, ricey, broccoli goodness that this recipe creates.  
the recipe is originally from (great website!) and i only made a few minor changes.
you will need:
-1 cup 2% sharp cheddar cheese
-1 cup cooked long grain rice (1/2 cup uncooked)
-1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
-around one smallish onion, chopped
-1/4 cup ff milk
-4 tsp reduced fat butter/margarine (i used 2ish instead, it was fine)
-1/4 tsp salt
-i added a can of chopped up water chestnuts to give this some extra crunch
-4 cups FRESH broccoli tops (not frozen!), chopped into tiny pieces (next time i make this, i will do a better job of chopping them TINY-- it will taste better this way.)

okay, so, heat your oven to 350, and put everything but the broccoli in a medium pot over medium heat until the cheese melts, then go ahead and add in the broccoli until it is heated and mixed in.  this whole process should take around 6-8 minutes.

spray a pan that it will fit in and cook this yumminess at 350 for around 30ish  minutes.

around one cup is about 3 pts.

i doubled the recipe and separated it into little throw-away tupperwares, which i froze into home-made lean cuisines!  they thaw out well in the microwave and are a great lunch treat!

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