Saturday, April 5, 2008


1 lb cooked chicken.
1 cup cooked brown rice (cooking the rice in chicken broth works nicely)
1 lb fresh broccoli, chopped
2 Tablespoons of butter
2 Tablespoons of flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
1/2 teaspoon of dried mustard
1 1/2 cups of milk
squeeze of lemon juice (optional)
1 Tablespoon of mayonnaise (optional)
1 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup bread crumbs for topping
1/4 slivered almonds for topping
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Add the flour, salt, pepper, and mustard, and cook 2-3 minutes until bubbly and foamy. Slowly whisk in the milk and cook until thickened. Stir in the shredded cheese. Place the brown rice, chicken, and broccoli in a casserole dish and pour the white sauce over the top. Add the mayonnaise and lemon juice if using and mix until combined. Spread the breadcrumbs and slivered almonds over the top. Bake uncovered for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

This is pretty easy to throw together. It unfreezes well and it's so nice to have for when you just don't feel like figuring out what to make for dinner (or take to your friend who just had a baby). It's good with a fresh green salad too!