Hunk of Meat Monday: Quick sides for your hunks

I have to admit something. Sometimes, we eat leftovers 3 or 4 times from the same original meal. This week was one of them. I was out of town for work one night. So, before I left I threw some Italian Beef in the crock pot so the hubby wouldn’t have to think about supper.

But, when I got home the next night, I asked him what he fed with the Italian Beef. His response, pears. Ugh. Sides for the meat…veggies cross your mind dear. So, decided I needed to come up with some quick sides for my hunks of meat. Especially since these recipes from last week are on my “to make” list for go to meals during the week.

I love broccoli and rice casseroles, but usually it takes a short time to make it and then at least another 30 minutes to bake. Not ideal for a week night for this working mom. So, I decided I was going to try to create a stove top recipe for broccoli and rice casserole. And it turned out fantastic!

I started with make a box of rice pilaf or long grain rice mix or even a box of broccoli flavored rice. You know what I am talking about.

With about five minutes left on the rice, I threw one of those microwave steam packages of broccoli in the microwave. A girl’s best friend if you haven’t tried them. I love the fact that Costco sells them in mass quantity.

Then I grabbed the ingredients that would make this “edible” in my husaband’s view. Yep, a can of cream of mushroom soup and some cheese. I use a cup of shredded cheese. Use what you have. I had sharp cheddar.

Mix the soup and cheese into the rice.

Then mix the broccoli into the rice mixture. I added about 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts. This is optional but added a crunch and of course nutty flavor that I loved.

Once the cheese is all melted, you are ready to serve!

Everyone enjoyed it, but some more than others. What everyone loved where the potato wedges drenched in shredded cheese. I baked potato wedges that the nice people at the Ore Ida also call Texas Crispers. Once they were baked, I piled them on a plate, sprinkled with shredded cheese and stuck under the broiler for a few minutes.

 Now, that you know what my sides are for the week, show me your meat! What do you all have cooking this week.

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  1. best pre workout supplement 2012 says

    I like the way you make a quick and easy way of cooking. Me too. I do eat leaf over food. But I try to make sure that the food is safe to eat even if it is a leaf over. Thanks for sharing some other ways to make use of leaf over foods again.

  2. Anita Stafford says

    Your sides looks so yummy, bet the kids love them! I have shared Easy Fish Tacos. Thank you for hosting!

  3. Miz Helen says

    Your sides look great! I am sharing my Two Way Pasta today. Thanks for hosting and have a great week!
    Miz Helen


    Yum! Hunks and hunks of meat. My kind of blog party. Thanks for linking this up to Tuesday's Tasty Tidbits. I am going to submit an older post this week because I didn't cook meat this week. Well, actually I did…but didn't blog about it..ha.

  5. Miz Helen says

    Hi Leah,
    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen


    The broccoli and rice casserole looks very tasty. I love the addition of the crunchy nuts. This is something I haven't tried. It may take me all week to get around to reading everyone's recipes at Tuesday's Tasty Tidbits….but I eventually do…haha. Life is so busy, isn't it? Thanks for sharing.

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