Welcome to Simple Fare, Fairly Simple. This is a place for me to post recipes of all kinds...along with other miscellaneous fodder from my so-called life here in the south. Who knows what you will find here. Could be anything from my husband...known as IT Guy...to my kids and beautiful grandbabies that are growing up way too fast right before my eyes. But...mostly this will be a place for food. I hope you'll see something you like and if you decide to try something from the list...leave me a comment and let me know!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Broccoli Rice Casserole

This recipe is from the 70's. Groovy, man. When IT Guy and I got engaged many moons ago, I went through my mom's recipes and copied down all the ones I liked. I remember her serving this from time to time and I loved it. I haven't made it in ages but as I was thumbing through my recipe collection, I came across this little gem. I know Cheese Whiz is not really a food....and I don't want to know exactly WHAT it is...I just know it makes this dish taste SO good. I can't even remember the last time I bought a jar of that strange orange goo...but I bought one for this recipe and felt no shame!!

Broccoli & Rice Casserole (which may or may not have Cheese Whiz in it, but probably does.)

1 ½ cups cooked rice
2 tablespoons diced onion
2 tablespoons diced celery
1 1-pound package frozen broccoli florettes – cooked according to package directions
8 ounces (1 cup) Cheeze Whiz
1 8-ounce can sliced water chestnuts - drained
1 10-ounce can cream of mushroom or cream of celery soup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small skillet, sauté onion and celery in a little olive oil for a few minutes.

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir well. Transfer to a greased baking dish.

Bake for 30 minutes or until hot throughout.

The goods.

Saute the onions and celery a bit. 
You don't HAVE to do this step if you 
don't want to, but I prefer the veggies a little tender.

Dump all the ingredients together. 
I just used the pot I cooked the broccoli in. Mix it up!!

Spread the mixture in a greased casserole dish.

Bake it up and serve. My #1 
son ate three helpings and then 
made me hide the rest so no one 
would eat it and he could have it later.

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