When the winter winds start to blow and bring chilling rain or mountains of snow, you’ll love this easy-to-make dish that not only warms the house as it bakes but will warm your insides and lift your spirits.
If you love baked mac and cheese but always have to add side dishes to make it a complete meal, you’ll adore this recipe.
It’s an all in one dish that’s a step away from the mundane and my family thinks it’s even better than mac n’ cheese—which amazed me because they absolutely love it.
You can make some substitutions with the vegetables, the ones in the recipe make the combination my family loves. I’ve tried it with cauliflower as one of the veggies to replace the broccoli, but it simply didn’t look as appetizing or taste as good.
Since I’m a stickler on appearance and color, I really like the combo of two colors of green from vegetables, the orange of the carrots, white of the rice and yellow and brown from the cheese.
It just looks more appetizing and you don’t have to serve a side salad if you don’t want to do it.
When you’re on a budget, this dish gives you a two-fer. You not only get an easy-to-make dinner, but you also warm your home at the same time. I try to do all baking and roasting in the winter—even though sometimes I can’t help but make a baked dish in the summer months.
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It keeps the house warm and welcoming with the scent of baked foods in the air. Baked rice dishes have become extremely popular.
In fact, in many of the larger cities where Asian restaurants abound, you’ll find a baked cheesy rice dish in every one of them. They’re also becoming more popular in more upscale non-Asian establishments as an alternative meal that’s also a great comfort food.
Nothing is more comforting than digging into this cheesy chicken and rice casserole in a cold, chilly weather. * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. The Fork Bite
Chicken and Rice Casserole
Amount Per Serving Calories 452.0 kcal % Daily Value* Total Fat 19.2 g 29.5% Saturated Fat 5.88 g 29.4% Trans Fat 0.05 g Cholesterol 55.4 mg 18.5% Sodium 722.31 mg 30.1% Total Carbohydrate 49.85 g 16.6% Dietary Fiber 1.63 g 6.5% Sugars 0.93 g Protein 18.97 g Vitamin A Vitamin C Calcium Iron
Nothing is more comforting than digging into this cheesy chicken and rice casserole in a cold, chilly weather.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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