Monday, January 14, 2013

Ham Cheddar Broccoli and Rice Bake

Cold weather always puts me in the mood to make a casserole or some type of soup. And it sure is cold today. I think I've gotten spoiled with the mild weather we have had lately. Anyway, I have a ton of fresh broccoli in the house and normally I would use it for soup but decided on this casserole instead. This hearty dish is healthy, can be made ahead of time, and is kid friendly too! Doesn't get much better than that!

Ham Cheddar Broccoli and Rice Bake
Serves 8
Cal 334, Fat 11.2g, Carbs 39g, Fiber 2g, Protein 18.8g

1 1/2 cups par cooked broccoli
2 cups cooked cubed ham
4 cups cooked brown rice
2 cups reduced fat sharp shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup milk
2 cups fat free chicken stock
1 ounce light cream cheese
1/2 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper, to taste
3/4 cup crushed croutons (for topping)

In a large sauce pan over medium heat melt the cream cheese. Whisk in the chicken stock, garlic powder and milk. Bring to a boil and slowly whisk in 1 1/2 cups of the cheddar cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Let simmer 10 minutes, stirring often.

While sauce is simmering mix together the broccoli, ham, and rice. Transfer to a 13x9 baking dish. Add cheese sauce and stir until evenly combined. Top with remaining 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese and sprinkle the crushed croutons on top of the casserole. Cover with foil and cook for 30 minutes at 350.
Note: If you want a browned top remove the foil after 20 minutes and let cook uncovered for the remaining 10 minutes.


  1. Yummy! Great comfort food dish.

  2. You always have such wonderful projects! I love reading your blog. I wanted to invite you to come link up at a party on my blog. It is a link party for OLD projects--so that we can hopefully get more traffic to our blogs using projects we've already posted. Come over and remind us of some of your favorite projects!
    The link-up is live now.
    Hope to see you there!

  3. Just to let you know that your link to Food on Friday: Pork was featured in my Need Some Inspiration? Series today. Have a nice week.


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