Broccoli Rice, As Simple As It Sounds

by Spicie Foodie on July 21, 2014

Broccoli Rice by @SpicieFoodie | #rice #broccoli #inexpensive #sidedish

When I tell people what I do for a living I can almost see the mental images racing through their minds; They picture every meal as a gourmet one with perfect food pairings and picture presentations — all eaten on a luxurious table setting, of course. This is not exactly how meals happen in my home.

My husband and I are unpretentious people that love eating everything from tacos at the humblest of places to lobster dinners in fancy establishments. Sometimes we eat properly with dinnerware and cutlery, and other times we eat off of plastic plates and use breads as instruments to get the food from the plates into our mouths. When I don’t take photos for the blog or work, I don’t fuss too much with presentation.

We are foodies. And if there’s good food to be eaten, we don’t discriminate.

Broccoli Rice by @SpicieFoodie | #rice #broccoli #inexpensive #sidedishBroccoli Rice by @SpicieFoodie | #rice #broccoli #inexpensive #sidedish

Our home cooked meals are casual, regardless of what’s on the menu, the focus is always on making the food taste as good as possible. Often times this means taking simple inexpensive ingredients and finding new and interesting flavours to devour.

I see food as an endless palette of possibilities in which to create new dishes.

I always say people don’t have to be rich to eat well. We really don’t. All we need is a little imagination to transform ingredients into gourmet flavours.

I’d now like to introduce you to Broccoli Rice. This inexpensive, modest, healthy, quick to prepare, and easy to devour dish is packed full of awesome flavours. Really, you’ll be amazed at how such simplicity can turn into a favourite comfort dish. It has for us and I hope it does for you and your family too.

Broccoli Rice by @SpicieFoodie | #rice #broccoli #inexpensive #sidedish


5.0 from 3 reviews
Broccoli Rice, As Simple As It Sounds
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An inexpensive, modest, healthy and quick to prepare dish that you're family will devour!
Recipe type: Rice, Side Dish, Vegan, Inexpensive
Cuisine: International, Vegan, Meatless Monday
Serves: 2-3
  • 200gm or 7 oz finely chopped broccoli florets*
  • 150 gm or ¾ cup long grain rice (un-rinsed)
  • 25 gm or .88 oz white onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 350ml or 1.5 cups of vegetable broth (low-sodium & no MSG)
  • 1 to 1.5 tsp fine sea salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1.5 tbsp olive oil
  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan or a pot. Once warm sauté the onions until soft and translucent. Add the rice and sauté until it begins turning golden and releases a nutty scent, will take about 8 minutes or so. Make sure to stir often and prevent the rice from burning. Add the garlic and sauté for 2 minutes, next add the bits of chopped broccoli florets and sauté for about 5 minutes. Gently pour in the broth while being careful not to splash yourself. Add the salt, stir well, partially cover and simmer over medium-low heat until the rice is softened and cooked through. If the liquid has evaporated and the rice is still firm add a little bit more water until it is cooked through. Serve as a side dish to your favourite main dishes or for a healthy snack or light meal.
* I started with a very small head of broccoli that weighed 500 gm or 1.1 lb before removing the thick stem and nearly all of the stems from each floret. Make sure that the pieces are very small and evenly cut to ensure even cooking.


Broccoli Rice by @SpicieFoodie | #rice #broccoli #inexpensive #sidedish

See how quick and easy it is to prepare? The taste is very simple: The fluffy rice with bits of cauliflower pair perfectly with the flavours from the onion, garlic and vegetable broth. It’s not complicated at all and it’s defiantly comfort food to us.

Enjoy and have a fantastic Monday!:)


in Gluten Free,Grains/Rice,Meatless Mondays,Vegan/Vegetarian

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa July 21, 2014 at 7:36 AM

A delicious rice dish and combination. Simple is great!




2 Spicie Foodie July 23, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Thank you Rosa!


3 Matt Robinson July 21, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Love this, so simple and full of my favorite flavors.


4 Spicie Foodie July 23, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Thank you Matt & for sharing too!:)


5 Sandra July 21, 2014 at 6:48 PM

This brings back memories. When my kids were little I made a similar dish but added cheese to it so they woukd eat it.


6 Spicie Foodie July 23, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Cheese sounds like a marvellous addition!:)


7 yummychunklet July 21, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Delicious looking rice dish!


8 Spicie Foodie July 23, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Thank you!


9 Nami | Just One Cookbook July 21, 2014 at 10:20 PM

My kids love broccoli but I haven’t tried making rice with it. This sounds very healthy rice dish. We eat rice almost everyday so it’s a nice variation to our regular steamed rice routine! Love the good nutrition part of this dish as a mom. :)


10 Spicie Foodie July 23, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Thank you Nami! WE love rice too and a variation is always a good thing, IMHO:)


11 Eha July 22, 2014 at 1:26 AM

Thank you! Guess what is for lunch tomorrow ’cause have some lovely fresh broccoli in the fridge! Since I only eat brown rice will have to recalibrate times an iota: no problems there either . . . am looking forwards to it!!


12 Spicie Foodie July 23, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Yes, Eha brown rice is even better. I don’t always have it on hand but it I do love the taste.


13 Gourmet Getaways July 22, 2014 at 6:17 AM

Yeah, a foodie is a foodie. No need to be fancy all the time :)

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14 Spicie Foodie July 23, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Thanks Julie, agreed ;)


15 easyfoodsmith July 22, 2014 at 6:35 AM

Rice one pot meals are my favorite and this one is no different. Delicious!


16 Spicie Foodie July 23, 2014 at 2:47 PM

One pot meals are always welcomed. I think if we added a bit of protein to this then we’d have us a new one-pot dish.:)


17 Ramona July 22, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Simply delicious!


18 Spicie Foodie July 23, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Thank you Ramona!


19 Juliana July 22, 2014 at 9:25 PM

I love rice dish…and never thought in adding broccoli…looks delicious Nancy…and beautiful!
Have a nice week :D


20 Spicie Foodie July 23, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Thank you so much Juliana, you too have a great week!:)


21 John@Kitchen Riffs July 23, 2014 at 1:29 PM

This really is simple! And looks so great. Love this — thanks so much.


22 Spicie Foodie July 23, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Thank you John!


23 Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today July 23, 2014 at 2:10 PM

You don’t discriminate food – this is a beautiful statement :)


24 Spicie Foodie July 23, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Thank you Marta!


25 Gourmet Getaways July 23, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Simple is good :). And I second that, food is an endless wheel to create wonderful dishes. Thanks for sharing!

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26 mjskit July 31, 2014 at 10:21 PM

So simple and so delicious! What a beautiful bowl of rice!


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