One Pot Cheesy Broccoli Chickpea Rice Casserole

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One Pot Cheesy Broccoli Chickpea Rice Casserole is a hearty, versatile vegetarian casserole that’s great as a main dish or holiday side!

One Pot Cheesy Broccoli Chickpea Rice Casserole is a hearty, versatile vegetarian casserole that's great as a main dish or holiday side!

I’m kind of relieved that baseball season is over you guys.  I felt like my life revolved around it for the past month because the Dodgers made it all the way to the World Series.  I couldn’t miss a game, and some of them were so long!  I warned you last week that I may need to recover after Game 7 and boy did I.

I call it recovery but it was more like me hiding under a rock since the Dodgers lost.  I do live in San Francisco Giants country after all, and believe me when I say that I take some hard core ribbing from Giants fans.

It’s quite the rivalry and I feel the same way about the Giants…I root for every team that they’re playing against.  It’s all in good fun of course, but when your team loses the world series the wounds are fresh and teasing feels like salt being poured right into it!

The drama of it all.

One Pot Cheesy Broccoli Chickpea Rice Casserole is a hearty, versatile vegetarian casserole that's great as a main dish or holiday side!

Needless to say I’m ready to focus 100% on all things holiday-related, especially in the food department.  That’s where this One Pot Cheesy Broccoli Chickpea Rice Casserole comes in.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with USA Pulses recently, and when they asked me to come up with a unique way to incorporate chickpeas into a holiday inspired dish I jumped at the chance.

If you’re not familiar with the term pulses, they are chickpeas, lentils, split peas, and beans.  I love incorporating them into my meals for their great taste, versatility and especially their nutritional benefits.

One Pot Cheesy Broccoli Chickpea Rice Casserole is a hearty, versatile vegetarian casserole that's great as a main dish or holiday side!

Pulses are iron rich, high in fiber and potassium, and are an excellent source of plant-based protein.  Click here to find out more about how nutritious pulses are!

If you’re looking to eat healthier, just add pulses!  Sign up for the Half-Cup Habit and see how easy it can be to add 1/2 cup serving of pulses to your diet 3x per week.

I grew up eating a lot of rice (and casseroles) and always loved them.  One of my favorites was a cheesy broccoli rice casserole, so I decided to an easier spin on that.

One Pot Cheesy Broccoli Chickpea Rice Casserole is a hearty, versatile vegetarian casserole that's great as a main dish or holiday side!

I adapted this recipe from my 30-Minute Cheesy Mexican Rice Skillet, which has gotten rave reviews.  This recipe was made vegetarian but it’s every bit as hearty!

The chickpeas make this One Pot Cheesy Broccoli Chickpea Rice Casserole so hearty and my family really enjoyed it.

There are so many reasons why I love this dish besides the fact that it tastes amazing.  I love that it includes a minimal amount of ingredients, most of which you’ll already have on hand.

You can use any variety of rice for starters.  I used quick cooking brown rice, but you can use white rice or regular brown rice.  Anything goes!

One Pot Cheesy Broccoli Chickpea Rice Casserole is a hearty, versatile vegetarian casserole that's great as a main dish or holiday side!

Regardless of which type of rice you use, add the broccoli during the last 3-8 minutes of cooking time, depending on how you like your broccoli done.  If you like it crisp tender, cook for 3-5 minutes.  If you like it softer, cook for about 8 minutes.

I used a combination of skim milk and vegetable stock in this recipe.  The milk gives it some creaminess and the stock gives it some nice flavor.  If you’re making this for the holidays you can use whole milk to make it extra creamy and luxurious.

This meal is completely customizable to suit your tastes, and it’s beyond easy!

This One Pot Cheesy Broccoli Chickpea Rice Casserole is a vegetarian casserole is pure comfort food.  It’s cheesy, satisfying, and perfect for holidays or busy weeknights.  Oh…and it makes a fabulous lunch if you’re lucky enough to have leftovers. 🙂

More great recipes using pulses:

Pearl Barley Salad with Chickpeas, Feta and Lemon

Three Bean Tamale Pie with Sweet Potato Cornbread Topping

Tuscan Sausage, Wild Mushroom, and Kale Lentil Skillet

One Pot Cheesy Broccoli Chickpea Rice Casserole is a hearty, versatile vegetarian casserole that's great as a main dish or holiday side!

One Pot Cheesy Broccoli Chickpea Rice Casserole

One Pot Cheesy Broccoli Chickpea Rice Casserole is a hearty, versatile vegetarian casserole that’s great as a main dish or holiday side!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup quick cooking brown rice*
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 broccoli crowns, cut into small florets (about 2-3 cups)
  • 2 cups chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup grated cheese

Directions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or saute pan over medium heat.  Add the onion and saute 5 minutes until softened.  Add the garlic and saute 30 seconds more.
  2. Add the rice to the pan and toast for 1-2 minutes.  Add the milk, broth and salt and stir to combine.  Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 10 minutes or until the rice has about 5-8 minutes left of cooking time.
  3. Remove the lid and stir in the broccoli and chickpeas.  Cover and continue to cook for about 5 minutes more.
  4. When the rice is done, remove from heat and stir in half of the cheese and add more salt if necessary.  Top the casserole with the remaining cheese and let stand until melted.  Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes:

  • Nutrition information was calculated using My Fitness Pal and is meant to be an estimate only.  The numbers will change depending on different brands that are used and any substitutions that are made.
  • *You can use any type of rice for this dish — I’ve tried this recipe with white rice and regular brown rice would be great as well.  My rule of thumb is adding 1/2 cup more liquid than the cooking instructions on the rice package in order to account for the addition of the broccoli and chickpeas.  Be sure to adjust the cooking time according to the package instructions of the rice you use.
  • The cook time for the broccoli depends on how done you like your broccoli.  For crisp-tender, cook 3-5 minutes.  For softer broccoli, cook for about 8.

Recipe source:  Flavor the Moments

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Nutrition Information

Yield: Serves 4, Serving Size: 1/4

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 522
  • Total Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 28mg
  • Sodium: 829mg
  • Carbohydrates: 70g
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Sugar: 11g
  • Protein: 23g

One Pot Cheesy Broccoli Chickpea Rice Casserole is a hearty, versatile vegetarian casserole that's great as a main dish or holiday side!