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Cheesy Rice and Vegetables

I am completely done with winter. Yes, I realize that here in Utah winter can continue through June, but I am getting pretty tired of the constant sickness. My littlest is sitting next to me coughing her head off and has her nose running so bad that I’m sure it will get red and sore by the end of the day. And now I’ve got that itchy, tickle and I’ve begun to sneeze all morning. SO TIRED OF THIS! Really. Bring on the warmer weather… Pleeeaassse.

This yummy little side dish of Cheesy Rice and Vegetables was inspired by my favorite person, Savannah. She made a similar Knorr recipe, but when I went to make her version I realized I was out of the rice packet that she used. I have to run and buy everything so I can try it later this week. In the meantime, I made a similar recipe and it was a perfect side dish. My kids gobbled it up and neither really like rice.

Is Rice Nutritious?

White rice is high in carbohydrates.

Rice is not fattening if you eat it in a small portion.

In fact it is a good source of vitamins and minerals.

White rice contains magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, selenium, iron, folic acid, thiamine and niacin, and some protein.

What Is A Good Substitute For Rice?

There are several healthy substitutes for rice.

Red Or White Quinoa, Cauliflower Rice, Broccoli Rice, Brown Rice, Barley, and Couscous are all healthier choices than white rice.

Can You Eat Broccoli Stems?

You absolutely can eat broccoli stocks or stems.

 Broccoli stems, though not as colorful nor flavorful as their more desired florets, are just as nutritious.

Cheesy Rice and Vegetables

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Cheesy Rice and Vegetables

Cheesy Rice and Vegetables

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 32 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes
This yummy little side dish of Cheesy Rice and Vegetables is so good, even your kids will eat it!


Recipe by me

  • 1 1/4 Cup Broccoli chopped
  • 1 1/4 Cup Asparagus chopped
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper sliced
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper sliced
  • 1 Packet Knorr Cheesy Broccoli and Rice
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Teaspoon Butter
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher Salt
  • Pepper


  • Set the oven to 400 and prepare a cookie sheet by spreading a little olive oil onto it.
  • Toss the asparagus and broccoli in the oil on the cookie sheet and sprinkle with a little Kosher salt and Pepper.
  • Roast in the oven for about 12-15 minutes depending on the size of your vegetables.
  • Remove from the oven and set aside.
  • In a large saute pan with a lid, add a drizzle of olive oil and heat to medium high.
  • Once the pan is hot, throw in the pepper and turn the heat down to medium.
  • Saute until the peppers are tender and beginning to brown.
  • Pour in the water, milk, butter and knorr packet.
  • Stir to combine, and cover with the lid.
  • Turn the heat down to a simmer, and cook for 7 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and toss with the broccoli and asparagus.
  • Serve immediately.


I work with knorr to create recipes. The recipes posted and opinions are my own.
Store left overs in the refrigerator for a couple of days.
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Rice and Vegetables
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 321 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 185mg8%
Potassium 1570mg45%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 6459IU129%
Vitamin C 482mg584%
Calcium 424mg42%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cozy Soup Recipes to Get You Through the Winter

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carrian feik cheney oh sweet basil

Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

But most of all, they love the memories made, shared and treasured and it’s all thanks to a meal shared together with loved ones.

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  • This was amazing. I was looking for a recipe to amp up the knorr sides and this was perfect. I didn’t have any asparagus (next time) on hand so i doubled the broccoli and we all loved it. Still perfectly creamy and delicious.

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    • Yay! Love to hear this Melissa!

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  • We can totally switch places…I will take some cole anyway. It was 86 and HUMID here today and the mosquitos will carry you away!!! Love this dinner, nice and easy

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Cozy Soup Recipes to Get You Through the Winter