Tonight we ate some of the leftover chicken drumsticks from Tuesday. I was craving a broccoli/rice sort of thing to go with it, so I decided to experiment, and it came out really wonderfully. What was interesting to me is that the mix of ingredients resulted in a dish that looked and tasted remarkably cheesy. I hope you like it as much as we did!
Easy non-dairy broccoli & rice au gratin (aka cheesy broccoli rice)
1 1/2 C instant rice (I used brown rice)
1 C frozen or fresh broccoli florets
1/8 C plain soymilk
1/4 C flour
1/4 C dairy-free margarine (I used Earth Balance)
1 dairy-free chicken bouillon cube (I like Knorr's)
1/4 tsp tumeric
Mix rice, 1 1/2 C water, and broccoli in a microwave-safe casserole dish, and microwave on high for 8 minutes (microwave another minute or two if the broccoli and/or rice isn't fully cooked in 8 minutes).
In the meantime, combine in a saucepan or skillet the soymilk, bouillon cube, margarine, flour, tumeric, and 1 C water. Heat on medium-high heat until all ingredients are combined and the sauce is smooth.
After the rice and broccoli are soft, and while they are still in the casserole dish, cut broccoli into bite-sized pieces with a fork or knife. Then pour the rice and broccoli into the saute pan/skillet and mix with the sauce until fully combined. Makes 4 servings.