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Broccoli Cheddar Rice Cups

Adapted very slightly from The Fountain Avenue Kitchen

Broccoli Cheddar Rice Cups ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #snack #appetizer #recipe

I almost want to apologize for that sugar binge I sent us on … it was a very sugar-y December for me. Luckily I had lots of help to eat it all! It’s time to slow down on sugar, though, and think about staying healthy for the new year. I know, New Year’s Eve isn’t here quite yet, so there’ll be a little decadence for that, but then it will be time to think healthy again (aside from my birthday! that’s coming up soon too).

This little treasure was a recipe I chanced upon one Saturday from my good friend Ann at  The Fountain Avenue Kitchen. I had just come home from yoga and I was STARVING. I needed something healthy, quick and easy. I saw this and thought: I have leftover rice in my fridge, broccoli in my freezer and eggs and cheese. That is all I need and I can get some good, healthy food in my bod!

It worked like a charm (of course! All her recipes always do!) and before long I was happily munching away on some hot little Broccoli Cheddar Rice Cups. They’re well-balanced too! Protein, vegetables, (healthy) carbs and dairy all in one nice little portable bite. I used Basmati rice because that’s what we’re into here at my house, but you could use whatever type of rice strikes your fancy.

Broccoli Cheddar Rice Cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 12 cups

Broccoli Cheddar Rice Cups


  • About 2 cups frozen chopped broccoli
  • About 2 cups pre-cooked leftover rice (I used Basmati)
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Red Robin Seasoning
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • For the top: about 1/4 cup more shredded sharp cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. Put the broccoli in a medium microwave safe mixing bowl, cover and microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir, then cover and microwave another minute. If the broccoli is fully thawed at this point, stop. If not, stir and put it back in for another minute in the microwave. Use a clean tea towel to squeeze out the excess moisture.
  3. Add the rice to the bowl and, if the rice is cold, microwave for a couple minutes to warm it up, stopping to stir everything together and make sure everything gets nice and warm. If the rice is already hot, just add it to the bowl and stir it into the broccoli. Add the shredded cheese and stir to mix. The cheese should start to melt a bit and hold the rice mixture together.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs with the seasoning and pepper until well beaten. Pour the eggs into the broccoli mixture and stir to mix.
  5. Scoop into the prepared muffin tin, dividing the mixture relatively evenly between the 12 spots. Sprinkle each one with a little more cheddar cheese.
  6. Bake at 350 F for about 25 minutes or until the cheese on top is melted and the rice starts to get a little crunchy. Enjoy while they're hot!


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Broccoli Cheddar Rice Cups ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #snack #appetizer #recipe

This recipe was shared at Munching Monday, Mostly Homemade MondaySimple Supper Tuesday, Treasure Box TuesdayTasty TuesdayThe Gathering Spot, PureBlogLove and Hearth & Soul Bloghop.

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11 Responses

  1. These look wonderful. My family loves broccoli rice casserole. This would be a nice option and a surprise.
    I will use these for our next get together with food. Which is every tine!

    Happy New Year!

    December 30, 2014 at 9:54 am

    • Ann

      What’s a get together without food? So glad you like them, Linda! Happy New Year to you 🙂

      December 30, 2014 at 9:34 pm

  2. Ann

    I love that you made these and am so happy you enjoyed! Thanks for the thoughtful mention, Ann!

    December 30, 2014 at 11:09 am

    • Ann

      Thanks for another great recipe, Ann! You’re the best. 🙂

      December 30, 2014 at 9:35 pm

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  4. Broccoli cheese rice is one of my favourites! You are being featured this week, over at Simple Supper Tuesday. We hope you can join us again, starting Monday at 8pm.

    January 3, 2015 at 8:48 pm

  5. Happy New Year. I thought I’d come to say hello after I found your recipe on Pure Blog Love. I can’t wait to make these – I need some ideas for using broccoli and this looks perfect. Thank you for sharing and giving me inspiration – pinned for later reference.

    January 4, 2015 at 2:13 am

    • Ann

      Why thank you, Miss Food Fairy! I’m so glad you like them. 🙂

      January 4, 2015 at 8:08 pm

  6. Delicious, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning.

    January 5, 2015 at 11:26 am

  7. Thank you so much for joining us this New Year on #PureBlogLove Link Party and Blog hop for Recipes and DIY Crafts! Right now we have the voting features turned on our blog for your links so if you’d like invite your friends to vote for your link!!! Voting ends in 48 hours!!! Most votes wins a feature and GUEST co-hosting spot if you would like to join us in the celebration!
    Thanks again
    Heidy L. McCallum

    January 5, 2015 at 8:49 pm

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