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.