Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole can be made with white rice or brown rice. STYLING BY JENNIFER ZYMAN / CONTRIBUTED BY CHRIS HUNT PHOTOGRAPHY
Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole
Whenever my family needs something soothing, I make this casserole. Not only does this recipe come together quickly, but you can also assemble it the night before and then bake it when you get the kids home from school the next day. It’s also the meal I deliver to friends in need of something nutritious and filling when they have a new baby. It’s also easily customizable, so feel free to switch out the rice for brown rice or quinoa if you prefer whole grains. You can also omit the chicken and substitute vegetable stock to make this a vegetarian dish.
Broccoli Pasta Sauce, shown here with rigatoni and Parmesan, is one way to get the kids to eat their broccoli. STYLING BY JENNIFER ZYMAN / CONTRIBUTED BY CHRIS HUNT PHOTOGRAPHY
Broccoli Pasta Sauce
There is something about the intense green color of this sauce that makes kids love it. I love it because it takes 5 minutes to prepare. You can play around with the pasta shape and choose whichever is more likely to entice your kids to eat. Don’t be afraid to blanket this with a good dose of freshly grated Parmesan cheese and a few cracks of freshly ground black pepper. I usually serve this with a simple salad dressed with olive oil and lemon juice. This recipe makes enough to sauce a pound of pasta.
Broccoli, Salmon, Chickpea and Red Onion Sheet-pan Bake is a great option on a busy weeknight. STYLING BY JENNIFER ZYMAN / CONTRIBUTED BY CHRIS HUNT PHOTOGRAPHY
Broccoli, Salmon, Chickpea and Red Onion Sheet-pan Bake
I am a fan of anything that can be assembled and cooked in one vessel. That’s why sheet-pan bakes are a permanent fixture in my household. This recipe is a regular on meatless Mondays. The dish comes together very quickly, making it a serious weeknight savior. If you are an early riser, you can assemble the pan in the morning and cover it with plastic wrap, so it’s ready to pop in the oven when you get home. You can also substitute with a different fish such as halibut or mahi-mahi if salmon isn’t your thing. Just make sure it has a high oil content and some thickness, so it doesn’t dry out while the broccoli roasts.
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