Cheesy Broccoli Rice

Do you struggle with side dishes? Finding a tasty and healthy option isn’t always that easy. This year I challenged myself to create more side dishes. So here is the first of many easy and yummy side dishes.

I am all about easy meals for busy weeknights. It’s basically the whole theme of my blog. That is why I focus so heavily on easy, quick and tasty recipes. If my family loves it and I loved making it then guess what? So will you!

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I am a huge fan of rice. White, brown, wild, mixed and even dirty! So it’s no surprise that I chose rice as my first side dish to make for you. Stepping outside my comfort zone and forcing myself to make something with a green vegetable is a very big step for me! Crazy I know. I’m not even a picky eater. I just hate veggies.

Do you see that big piece of green in there? Well I ate the whole thing and I loved it!

I mean what’s not to love about rice and cheese? If you can boil water you can make this recipe. It’s just that easy! I have some best practices for you on the way to create perfect sticky rice each time without boil over.

Let’s face it rice boil over is the worst to clean up off the stove! If you follow my steps you will have perfect rice every time! You can’t miss the easiest way to make perfect rice every time.

If your kids are picky, if they cringe at the thought of green anything, I can bet you they are going to love this Cheesy Broccoli Rice. You can feel good about giving them a wholesome meal with tasty options.

When I say if you can boil water you can make this dish, it’s true! It’s all about the easy. I am going to make sure that you have success every time you make rice. Look for My Tips and Tricks right after the recipe.

What is your favorite side dish? It’s so fun to know what you like! It helps me create more recipes that will bring you back time and time again.


  • 1 cup white rice
  • 2 1/4 cup water
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder
  • 2 cups frozen thawed or fresh broccoli florets cooked
  • 4 oz reduced fat 2% milk Velveeta cubed {one small carton or half a full size}


  1. make rice {read best tips for perfect rice}
  2. microwave the broccoli till hot and tender
  3. in the same pot that you made the rice in
  4. add the salt & pepper and onion powder
  5. raise heat to medium low
  6. place the cubed cheese and stir until melted and combined
  7. add in the hot cooked broccoli and stir
  8. Serve immediately
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