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This cheesy broccoli rice recipe is made with a vegan cheesy cashew cream sauce! It’s healthy, so easy to make, and a super delicious side to your favourite protein. Recipe is vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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Cheesy broccoli rice is one of those comfort foods that many of us know and love! This recipe puts a healthier spin on the classic and offers a version that can be enjoyed by both vegans and dairy-lovers alike.

This broccoli cheese rice is super easy to make and uses only 10 simple, healthy ingredients – many of which you may already have in your pantry.

Instead of a traditional cheese sauce, this one is made by blending cashews with nutritional yeast and a variety of seasonings. It’s so creamy and seriously delicious!

Even better? This recipe is great for making in advance and makes perfect leftovers. Add it to your weekly meal prep and pair it with your favourite protein. Dinner is done!

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Recipe Ingredients

This cheesy broccoli and rice recipe is only 10 simple, healthy ingredients (plus salt + pepper):

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How To Make Cheesy Broccoli Rice

To make this recipe, start by cooking the brown rice with the vegetable broth according to package directions.

While the rice cooks, chop broccoli florets into small, bite-sized pieces. Add the broccoli to the cooking rice in its last 10 minutes of cooking. Cover and allow the broccoli to cook with the rice.

Meanwhile, make the cashew cream cheese sauce. Place all sauce ingredients into a high-speed blender (I use this Vitamix) and blend until smooth.

When the rice has finished cooking, turn off the heat and stir in the cheese sauce. Toss everything until well combined and serve immediately!

*NOTE: before making this recipe, you need to soak the cashews for at least 4 hours or overnight. I find it easiest to just throw them into a jar, cover with water, and place in the fridge the night before I plan on making a recipe (otherwise, I’m likely to forget to do this).

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What To Serve With This Recipe

This cheesy broccoli rice is a source of complex carbohydrates, fibre-rich veggies, and healthy fats. To balance out the meal, serve it with your favourite protein source, such as:

My personal favourite? I’ve paired this recipe with these Garlic Paprika & Honey Shrimp about 3 times and LOVE the combination so much! Highly recommend if you eat seafood 😉

How To Store & Reheat Recipe

This recipe makes awesome leftovers that maintain their texture well when reheated! Simply store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop.

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Broccoli Nutrition Benefits

This green cruciferous vegetable is a great source of:

  • Micronutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, folate, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and magnesium
    • Broccoli is one of the best sources of Vitamin C out there – just one cup provides 135% of your daily vitamin C needs
  • Dietary fibre – one cup provides 2.3 grams of fibre, which is 9% of your daily fibre needs
    • Fibre is known to help with digestion, heart health, blood sugar control, and weight management.
  • Beneficial plant compounds (like sulforaphane) and antioxidants (like carotenoids)

Brown Rice Nutrition Benefits

Brown rice is:

  • fibre-rich whole grain, with 1 cup providing 3.5 grams (about 14% of your daily needs)
  • an excellent source of B-vitamins, like thiamin, niacin, B6, and pantothenic acid
  • a good source of minerals like manganese, selenium, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, zinc, and iron
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This cheesy broccoli rice recipe is made with a vegan cheesy cashew cream sauce! It's healthy, so easy to make, and a super delicious side to your favourite protein. Recipe is vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free.
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Ingredients

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Instructions

  • *NOTE: before making this recipe, you'll need to soak the cashews for at least 4 hours or overnight. I find it easiest to just throw them into a jar, cover with water, and place in the fridge the night before I plan on making a recipe (otherwise, I’m likely to forget to do this).
  • Start by cooking the brown rice with the vegetable broth according to package directions.
    *NOTE: The brown rice I used requires 1 + 3/4 cup of liquid per 1 cup of rice, but please consult the specific type of rice you're using for exact measurements and cooking time!
  • While the rice cooks, chop broccoli florets into small, bite-sized pieces. Add the broccoli to the pot with rice in the last 10 minutes of cooking for the rice (e.g. the 30 minute mark). Stir, cover, and allow the broccoli to cook with the rice.
  • Meanwhile, make the cashew cream cheese sauce. Place all sauce ingredients into a high-speed blender (I use this Vitamix) and blend until smooth.
  • When the rice has finished cooking, turn off the heat and stir in the cheese sauce. Toss everything until well combined and serve immediately!

Notes

*This cheesy broccoli rice is a source of complex carbohydrates, fibre-rich veggies, and healthy fats. To balance out the meal, serve it with your favourite protein source. My personal favourite? I’ve paired this recipe with these Garlic Paprika & Honey Shrimp about 3 times and LOVE the combination so much! Highly recommend if you eat seafood 😉
*This recipe makes awesome leftovers that maintain their texture well when reheated! Simply store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop.

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