As a student on a meal plan last year, it was really hard to find healthy foods in the dining halls. Luckily, however, there was Healthy Choice frozen meals. Made my attempt at being healthy relatively easy.
One of the frozen meals I ate almost on a daily basis was there baked chicken, broccoli and cheddar rice dish. I love cheese and broccoli together and the combo over wild rice was pretty good, and made me feel like I was eating something I could have made myself.
Now that I’m off of the meal plan and living off campus it doesn’t make too much sense for me to spend the almost $5 on a single meal, when I can spend $5 at Aldi on a bunch of groceries that will last longer. Thus, my inspiration for this meal:
HEALTHY CHOICE INSPIRED CHEESY BROCCOLI AND RICE
1 cup of diced broccoli
½ cup Instant brown rice
½ cup water
1 Kraft single of American cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
The first step is to put the diced broccoli in a microwave safe bowl, and add about 1 tablespoon of water. (I also like to add just a tiny bit of alt to the water, because when it steams, it adds extra flavor to the broccoli.) After adding the water, put it in the microwave for 2 minutes. You can cover it or keep it uncovered; it’s really up to you. I find that covering it makes it more tender, where keeping it uncovered leaves a little bit of bite to the broccoli.
After the broccoli has been steamed, carefully drain the water from the bowl. Next, unwrap the Kraft single and put it on top of the broccoli to let it melt on top. Set aside.
In another microwave safe bowl, mix the ½ cup of instant rice with the ½ cup of water, and microwave for 5-6 minutes.
While the rice is cooking, mix the cheese and broccoli until the broccoli is evenly coated. Then add salt and pepper to your liking.
When the rice is done, use a fork to fluff it up and then top with the broccoli cheese mixture and enjoy!
It’s a really simple meal that takes maybe 10 minutes to prepare (and about 2 minutes to eat, if you’re me!) All the ingredients totaled to about $8 and I can make this meal about three more times with the extra broccoli and rice, which is great for me because let’s face it, I’m poor.
I'm Kirsten. Big time foodie, all around goofball, and freelance marketer.