Yet another wonderful find on one of the once a month cooking sites. I didn’t have broccoli on hand so I used a mix of carrots, peas and corn. The little guy loves it. I put most of them away in 8oz containers and froze them. I saved a couple bowls for the weekend. I also added seasoning and herbs. I added garlic and onion powder, fresh cracked pepper, sweet paprika, and some chives and parsley. Another way to save yourself time and headaches. Make it ahead and freeze it to serve whenever your child is hungry.
Homemade Cheesy Rice
3 cups Broccoli florets (2 cups steamed) or other veggie
2 Tablespoons Butter
2 Tablespoons Flour
2 cups Milk
3 cups Cheddar cheese, shredded
4 cups Rice, cooked (2 cups uncooked)
Steam the broccoli in the microwave, steamer or double boiler. Cook rice according to package directions. Set aside broccoli and rice. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour, being sure to combine it with the butter very well. Let cook, stirring the mixture constantly, for about 2 minutes. Do not let it darken. Gradually add the milk, about 1/4 cup at a time, whisking or stirring vigorously. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring often, until thickened and just starting to boil, about 15 to 20 minutes. Add the cheese and stir until melted. Add in cooked broccoli and rice. Serve.
Prepare as above but instead of serving, scoop into 8 oz freezer containers and freeze. To serve: Warm in microwave until heated through, approximately 1-2 minutes.