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Veggie Rice Casserole Recipe

As an avid gardener and occasional cook, I use fresh vegetables and herbs when trying out new recipes on my wife and children. This zesty rice dish always pleases.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 45 min. YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups uncooked long grain rice
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • 3 teaspoons dill weed, divided
  • 2 teaspoons celery salt, divided
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced fresh tomato
  • 1 cup diced green pepper
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup diced hot banana peppers or hot peppers of your choice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • 1. In a large saucepan, bring water and butter to a boil; add rice. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in the parsley, 2 teaspoons dill and 1 teaspoon celery salt; set aside.
  • 2. In a large skillet, saute the carrots, tomato, green pepper, onion, celery and hot peppers in oil until vegetables are crisp-tender. Stir in the soup, milk, basil, thyme, pepper and remaining dill and celery salt.
  • 3. Divide half of the rice mixture between two greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dishes. Top with vegetable mixture and remaining rice mixture.
  • 4. Cover and bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 24 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (3/4 cup) equals 128 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 249 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.