I know it’s been a be quiet round these parts recently. I have been trying to get back into cooking more, and I have actually been cooking dinner much more often. But sometimes the recipes are only okay, sometimes the photos are not my favorite, and sometimes I just forget. It’s not you, it’s me. I am hoping to get back into the swing of things more. Lots has been going on around here though- I have officially gotten my Masters degree (and thus will now only respond to “Master Karen”), went on a vacation to San Antonio with my boyfriend, and am gearing up. So lots of school but no cooking- something which I hope to fix very soon.
One way I have tried to inspire myself more is by meal planning (also helps me not waste food). So one week I was planning out my meals and had a huge craving for some kind of warm casserole. Knowing that I still had my month’s Secret Recipe Club meal to make, I went searching through Turnips 2 Tangerines, and I found this lovely casserole. Creamy, warm, and cheesy- just want the doctor ordered. Warm, comforting, and completely inappropriate for this flipping hot summer. Perfect.
CHEDDAR BROCCOLI RICE CASSEROLE
Adapted from Turnips 2 Tangerines
1 cup dried jasmati rice
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup chicken stock
3-4 heads broccoli, chopped
Salt and pepper
Cheddar cheese, shredded
Cook rice according to instructions. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 425°F. Place broccoli on baking sheets in a single layer. Sprinkle olive oil on top and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 10-14 minutes, until broccoli is tender and beginning to brown. Set aside
In a saucepan, melt butter and stir in flour. Whisk in milk and chicken stock. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and reduce heat to simmer. Continue to stir until sauce is thickened. Combine rice, broccoli, and sauce. Prepare a pie pan for baking and spread mixture inside. Top with shredded cheddar cheese.
Bake until cheese is bubbly and melted, 5-10 minutes. Let cool slightly and serve.
Make sure to check out what everyone else made this month!