Veggies… ah the dreaded side dish. Serve my kids potatoes, they love you. Pasta? Whoa, boy, you may get a hug, but veggies… no way. For that reason, I am always looking for creative ways to get them to ingest some sort of vegetable. I’m pretty sure that I am not the only one with this problem, in fact, Jessica Seinfeld wrote a book about it, Deceptively Delicious, maybe I should invest in that book. Think the kids would go for chocolate pudding made from avocado?
My kids belts assistant, Jen, came to the rescue again. She shared with me this recipe for Broccoli Casserole. Now, granted, the broccoli is smothered in a cheese sauce and baked on top of rice, but at least they are getting some sort of veggie in them!
1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup
1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/2 Cup Diced Onions
1/2 Cup Diced Celery
8 Oz Cheez Whiz
1 Cup Rice
10 Oz Box of Frozen Chopped Broccoli (thawed)
1 Tbsp Butter or Margarine
Preheat the oven to 350. In a pot, cook the rice per the directions on the bag. In a separate pot, sautee the onions and celery in the butter. Once the veggies are translucent, add the can of cream of mushroom, cream of chicken and the Cheez Whiz. reduce heat and cook until completely blended.
Spray your 9×13 backing dish and and spread the cooked rice out evenly to cover the whole dish. Next layer the chopped broccoli evenly over the rice and then pour the cheese mixture over the broccoli.
Bake at 350 until the cheese begins to brown. Serve hot!
This makes a great dish to take along to those Easter potluck dinners, too because it goes a long way.
The kids loved it. It’s creamy and filling, and if you added some cooked chicken to the cheese sauce, it becomes a whole meal! Let me know what you think, I’d love to hear how you liked it!