Better-Than-The-Packaged-Stuff Cheesy Rice

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Do your kids like the cheesy rice that comes in packets like this?

Mine LOVE it. Their grandma makes it for them all the time. I didn’t mind too much until I read the ingredients closely. In addition to all the sodium, there’s a whole lotta weird stuff that I don’t recognize in those packets.

So I set out to make something that tasted just as good, minus all the weird chemical stuff. It took a few tries, but my kiddos L-O-V-E this cheesy rice. (And I’m super thrilled because I used brown rice and they didn’t even complain!)

My kids like broccoli so I add it. You can skip that part, or sub something else if you like. Peas or carrots work well too.

Better-Than-The-Packaged-Stuff Cheesy Rice

Better-Than-The-Packaged-Stuff Cheesy Rice


1 tablespoon olive oil

1/4 cup chopped onion

1 cup uncooked brown rice, not instant

2 3/4 cups chicken or vegetable broth

2 cups chopped broccoli (chopped small)

1/2 cup shredded cheddar

1 tablespoon butter


Place olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Add uncooked rice and stir until coated. Cook 2 minutes.

Stir in broth and bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat to medium low, and cook 30-40 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.

Stir in broccoli and cook 5 minutes or until desired tenderness. Remove pan from heat. Stir in butter and cheese. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.

Makes the same amount as the packet -- enough for 4 side dishes at our house.

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  1. Can’t wait to try it!


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