Friday, April 26, 2013

No Cream Of Soup! Chicken Broccoli Casserole Recipe

This is a much loved casserole for many families, it is a wonderful comfort food! Creamy, cheesy and filled with delicious chicken and broccoli. Sadly, for many this dish is filled with lots of calories a very few nutrients. My version is quite simple and is filled with good and nourishing ingredients that will leave you satisfied. I made this with leftover chicken from a roasted chicken I had made earlier in the week. The broth I used in the soup was also from that same chicken. This is a great leftover meal that requires only a little meat. I love that this recipe helps me to stretch food just a bit further! This is a wonderful freezer meal as well I hope you enjoy it!

This is the only picture I got.We were all starving so I forgot to take one of the finished meal! YUM!

Creamy Chicken Broccoli Casserole

(substitute homemade chicken stock for mushroom broth)
 1 stalk Celery, chopped
1/2 Onion, chopped
1-2 cups leftover Chicken, shredded or chopped
1 cup Broccoli, chopped
(fresh or frozen works fine)
2 cups Cheese, shredded
2 cups Brown Rice, *preferably soaked
(Soak rice the night before or the morning of the meal)
3 tbs Butter

Start cooking your rice (soaked rice takes about 20 minutes). In the pot you are making your soup in saute onions and celery in butter. Once soft and transparent, begin making your cream of mushroom soup. like normal. If you are using fresh broccoli you will want to chop it and add it to the soup to slightly cook it. If frozen you will need to rinse it under warm water to thaw, chop it and add it to soup. Make sure it isn't too wet or it will water down the soup. Once soup and rice is ready mix them together and fold in your chicken. Poor into a casserole dish and spread it out evenly. Sprinkle cheese over the top. Bake at 350 until cheese is melted. Serve immediately.

*Soaking rice in water and an acidic substance like apple cider vinegar, whey, plain yoghurt or buttermilk helps break down the phytic acid. This makes it easier to digest and allows your body to more easily access the nutrients in the rice. I have also found that it makes brown rice quite soft and fluffy! Soak your rice in a large bowl filled with purified water and 2-3 tbs of apple cider vinegar, whey, plain yoghurt or buttermilk for at least 4 hrs.

Written By Happily Domestic Contributor: Brittney Thompson

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