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Cheesy Rice and Corn Casserole

I love brown rice and corn. So when I found this recipe for a cheesy rice and corn casserole online at Minute® Rice’s website, I couldn’t resist.

When I first tried the recipe, I doubled the amount of cheese. I mean, you can never have too much cheese – right? Well, you can have too much cheese! It totally dominated the dish and made it hard to taste the corn and rice. Lesson: proportion of an ingredient is as important as the ingredient!

I ended up pairing this casserole as a side dish with some football-shaped mini turkey meat loaves as my pre-Super Bowl dinner. Touch down!

rice corn casserole

Cheesy Rice and Corn Casserole

Rating: 51

Yield: 6 servings


2 cups Minute Brown Rice, uncooked
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
8 ounces chive and onion cream cheese
15 ounces corn with red, green bell peppers, drained
1 cup shredded Mexican-style four-cheese blend, divided
2 tablespoons chopped parsley


Preheat oven to 375 F degrees. Spray a 1.5-quart baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

Prepare rice according to package directions using chicken broth for water. Mix rice, cream cheese, corn, 3/4 cup shredded cheese and parsley.

Pour mixture into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining shredded cheese. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until cheese on top is melted and lightly browned.


lightly adapted from recipe by Minute Rice

Snacks & Candies

Wholesome Snacking Options With Minute® Ready to Serve Rice

Minute® Ready to Serve Rice

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Like most of America, I’ve grown up with Minute® Rice. And for the last several years, I’ve cooked Minute® Instant Whole Grain Brown Rice at least a few times every week. Some weeks, I have it every day in some dish or another. It’s definitely a staple in my pantry! That’s why I was beyond excited when I was asked to try the new Minute® Ready to Serve Rice products. Thank you, Minute® Rice, for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

Minute Rice wholesome snacking options

When I first noticed Minute® Ready to Serve Rice in its individual portion packages, I didn’t buy it because I tend to buy the largest boxes of Minute® Instant Whole Grain Brown Rice that I can find at my local grocery store. So I was delighted when I discovered a number of new flavor (and whole grain) options in the Minute® Ready to Serve product line, including Brown Rice, Brown & Wild Rice, Multi-Grain Medley, Jasmine Rice, White Rice, Chicken Rice Mix, Yellow Rice Mix, Fried Rice Mix, and (the newest addition) Black Beans & Rice.

While I’ve mastered using Minute® Instant Whole Grain Brown Rice in my Harvey’s One-Skillet Wonder, I was curious to try the single portion servings because they are portable, offer easy portion control, and require only heating since they’re already cooked.

I hate (yes, HATE!) going out to eat for lunch at work. In addition to the high cost of eating out, it’s time-consuming, inconvenient and there’s little control over the quality (or wholesomeness) of the ingredients used. After seeing a HUGE-mongous number (over 70 and counting!) of Minute® Ready to Serve Rice Stir It Up! “No Recipe Recipes” for smarter snacks and easy meals on-the-go, I was inspired to create my own stir-in ideas with ingredients from my kitchen. And after a holiday season of irresistible sweet treats, I was committed to discovering some wholesome snacking options that I could easily incorporate into my day (at work or on the weekends).

Minute® Ready to Serve Rice: Italian Vegetable Blend with Brown & Wild Rice wholesome snacking options

My first inspiration was an Italian Vegetable Blend. I heated 1/2 cup of frozen Italian Blend Vegetables in the microwave until hot (about 2 minutes) before stirring in one heated portion of Minute® Ready to Serve Brown & Wild Rice. The frozen Italian blend I used included broccoli, carrots, bell peppers and black beans. I then sprinkled about 1/2 teaspoon of Italian Seasoning on top and stirred well. This was “molto buona.” The red bell peppers, black beans and rice blend was just enough for a light meal, side dish or snack. It could easily be turned into a heartier lunch at the office with the addition of some grilled, Italian-style carved chicken breast.

Minute® Ready to Serve Rice: Cheesy Chicken Sausage with Sun-Dried Tomato using Multi-Grain Medley wholesome snacking options

I love breakfast any time of the day, but admittedly don’t often have rice for breakfast. So I took three ingredients from my refrigerator that I’d normally use in making scrambled eggs or an omelet: sausage, cheese and sun-dried tomato. The result was my Cheesy Chicken Sausage with Sun-Dried Tomato dish, which would be a perfect hot (and quick) breakfast on a cold winter morning. Just heat one serving of Minute® Ready to Serve Multi-Grain Medley and set aside. In a small bowl, heat 3 chicken sausage links (cut into 1/2-inch slices) and about 1 tablespoon of sun-dried tomato (Julienne cut) for about 2 minutes in the microwave. When done, add the Minute® Ready to Serve Rice and top with 2 tablespoons of shredded cheese (I used a Mexican Taco blend) and stir well. This would also be a great (and hearty) weekend lunch option when you’re not in the mood to spend time cooking over the stove.

Minute® Ready to Serve Rice: Cranberry Rice Pilaf with Chicken Flavor Rice Mix wholesome snacking options

After a flurry of holiday cooking, I realized I had some left over dried cranberries that I needed to use or lose! I decided to take some frozen mixed vegetables, along with jarred sliced mushrooms, to create a holiday-inspired Cranberry Rice Pilaf. If you’ve made rice pilaf a lot, you know there are a zillion versions of rice pilaf recipes out there. Use whatever ingredients you have on hand and that you love most. To make my version, heat one serving of Minute® Ready to Serve Brown Rice in the microwave, according to package directions, and set aside. In another bowl, heat about 1/2 cup of frozen peas and carrots with a few sliced mushrooms (if available) for about 2 minutes on high. Remove from microwave and mix with Minute® Ready to Serve Rice. Top with about 1 tablespoon dried cranberries and stir to mix thoroughly.

Minute® Ready to Serve Rice products wholesome snacking options

I literally bought every flavor of Minute® Ready to Serve Rice carried by my local grocery store. I’m excited to try the Black Beans & Rice and continue experimenting with other stir-in ingredients from my pantry. Check out the complete list of Minute® Ready to Serve Rice products and share with me in the comments section below what stir-in ideas you’re inspired to try in creating a wholesome, yummy snack on the fly!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Ready to Serve Rice.

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