VEGAN CHEESY BROCCOLI AND RICE

This vegan “cheesy” broccoli and rice casserole is the ultimate plant-based comfort food! The cheese sauce is unbelievably creamy but it’s made with vegetables!

VEGAN CHEESY BROCCOLI AND RICE

INGREDIENTS
  1. 2 cups brown rice, dry
  2. 1 teaspoon olive oil
  3. 2 broccoli crowns, chopped into 1” pieces
  4. 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
  5. 2 large russet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1” cubes
  6. ⅔ cup chopped carrots
  7. 2 cups cooking water, reserved
  8. ⅔ cup cashews
  9. 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  10. 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  11. ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  12. ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  13. 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS
  • In a wide, lidded saucepan, cook 2 cups of brown rice according to package directions. Fluff with a fork, remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Add the olive oil and broccoli to the pan. Cook for 2 minutes over medium heat.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of water to the pan and continue to steam the broccoli in the pan for 3-4 minutes or until the broccoli is bright green and crisp-tender.
  • Remove the broccoli from the pan and set aside.
  • Add the onion, potatoes, and carrots and cover with 2 inches of water.