Broccoli and I do not get along. We have been on non-speaking terms since I was 2 years old.
JW, on the other hand, is great pals with broccoli. They’re tight.
Broccoli and I don’t loathe each other so much that we refuse to make any contact whatsoever. For example, we can look at each other. And we can even touch each other. But that’s about where it ends. So when I’m not going to be around for dinner and I’m making something so that JW won’t starve, I make broccoli.
That’s how this casserole came to be. JW thought it was incredible, and he ate almost the whole thing (I halved it, but still…). I wouldn’t really know if it was good or not, since (a) I didn’t eat any, and (b) even if I did eat some, I don’t have any experience with broccoli-rice casseroles to make a comparison, and (c) again, I don’t like broccoli – why is this so hard to understand?
While we’re on the topic, the most common response to my telling someone I don’t like broccoli is some variation of “well you haven’t had it [insert preferred method of eating broccoli here].” Examples include “with cheese,” “roasted,” “like my grandmother makes it.” This is not helpful, and frankly it is quite insulting. Essentially you have just told me that I do not know what I’m talking about, and that you are confident that you know more about my taste buds than I do. I’m pretty sure that’s not the case. I don’t like it, period. End of conversation.
So I’m sure this casserole is like others that most of you probably already have made many times. But since JW has had a few broccoli casseroles in his lifetime and he loved this, I thought it would be worth sharing. Plus it’s quick, easy, and uses one dish. Can’t beat that.
Broccoli Rice Casserole (Note: This is the halved version. Double all ingredients if desired. Original recipe here)
- 1 (10-oz) box frozen chopped broccoli, thawed
- 1 cup cooked rice
- 4 oz. shredded cheese (1 cup)
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 1 can chicken (the larger size – not sure how many ounces it is)
Mix all ingredients together in an 8×8 baking dish. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 50 min-1 hour.
This dish can be frozen. To cook from frozen state, add 10 min. to cook time.