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Zucchini Rice Casserole Recipe

Looking for an easy Zucchini Rice Casserole recipe? Learn how to make Zucchini Rice Casserole using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by maypopps

Makes 12 servings



Active time: 40 minutes | Total: 2 hours | To make ahead: Prepare through Step 5; cool, cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. To finish, bake at 375°F until the casserole is hot and the cheese is melted, about 45 minutes

Recipe Ingredients for Zucchini Rice Casserole

1 1/2 c. brown rice
3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
4 cups diced zucchini
2 red or green bell peppers, chopped
1 large onion, diced
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups low-fat milk
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese
1 cup corn
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
8 ounces turkey sausage, casings removed
4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel)
1/4 cup chopped jalapenos

Recipe Directions for Zucchini Rice Casserole

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

  2. 2. Pour rice into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Bring broth to a simmer in a small saucepan. Stir hot broth into the rice along with zucchini (and/or squash), bell peppers, onion and salt. Cover with foil. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking until the rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, 35 to 45 minutes more.

  3. 3. Meanwhile, whisk milk and flour in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until bubbling and thickened, 3 to 4 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Add 1 1/2 cups Jack cheese and corn and cook, stirring, until the cheese is melted. Set aside.

  4. 4. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat and add sausage. Cook, stirring and breaking the sausage into small pieces with a spoon, until lightly browned and no longer pink, about 4 minutes.

  5. 5. When the rice is done, stir in the sausage and cheese sauce. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup Jack cheese on top and dollop cream cheese by the teaspoonful over the casserole. Top with jalapeños.

  6. 6. Return the casserole to the oven and bake until the cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. Let stand for about 10 minutes before serving.

  7. Makes 12 servings, about 1 cup each.

Categories

Main Dish

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 249.1g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
321
Calories from Fat
153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
17.0g
26%
Saturated Fat
8.4g
42%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
44mg
15%
Sodium
654mg
27%
Potassium
427mg
12%
Total Carbohydrates
28.4g
9%
Dietary Fiber
2.3g
9%
Sugars
4.3g
Protein
13.8g
Vitamin A 23% Vitamin C 58%
Calcium 20% Iron 8%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
B-
  Good points
  • High in manganese
  • High in vitamin C
  •   Bad points
  • High in saturated fat
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