Friday, December 6, 2013

Better than Rice-a-Roni Broccoli Cheddar Rice

For many years I made rice from Rice-a-Roni packets with the seasonings included, I am not saying that I don't ever make them or that they don't serve a purpose but this recipe is better and doesn't have all the weird ingredients.  This rice dish is an excellent way to get the kiddos to eat some veggies.  Feel free to put more broccoli if you would like!  

Ingredients:
  • 1 Cup Orzo
  • 1 Cup Rice
  • 1 Cup Broccoli- Chopped Small
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 Cups of Chicken Broth (or vegetable broth)
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
In a sauce pan combine orzo, rice, and olive oil.  Toast rice over med-high heat for about 3 minutes.  Pour in chicken broth and bring to a boil.  When it starts to boil reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.

Add the broccoli, cover, and cook for additional 3 minutes.  This cooks the broccoli.  Add cheese and butter- stir.  Cover and let sit for a couple minutes while butter and cheese melt.  Stir and salt and pepper to taste.

I served this with Red Hot Chicken Kabobs
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