I’m always looking for meals that my entire family can enjoy so that I don’t have to make separate meals for the kids! So when I came across this recipe online I was excited to try it out mainly for my 2 1/2 yr old son. He has never been a huge fan of pasta, unless I cook the small tiny star shaped ones into his soup. Neither does he like to eat plain rice. He does however, love broccoli so I was hoping he would enjoy this casserole which contains dairy, veggies, and a grain.
Not only did my son enjoy the dish, but my husband loved it as well! And it’s a perfect healthier substitute for that macaroni and cheese craving he gets! The recipe pretty much followed how I would make a traditional mac n cheese dish, substituting the pasta for brown rice. The only changes I made to the original recipe were to add less butter, omit the dijon mustard, and add more brown rice.
My son did not notice the taste of the brown rice because of the way it was cooked into the sauce. It was a delicious dish that we all enjoyed as a family.
For the recipe, head on over to Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice website – Broccoli Brown Rice Cheese Casserole (contains dairy, gluten-free option). I used 3 1/2 cups cooked brown rice (more than the recipe recommends). I also used only 2 1/2 tbsp salted butter for this dish. To make this dish gluten-free, simply use rice flour instead of regular white flour.