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Skillet Wild Rice Broccoli Cheddar & White Beans #Gluten-Free #Vegetarian

Skillet Wild Rice Broccoli Cheddar & White Beans: simplelivingeating.com

With so many fresh vegetables available this time of year it is nice to make a vegetarian meal with these flavorful farm fresh finds.

This is a terrific quick and healthy weeknight dish that is open to variation. You could use brown rice, or quinoa instead of wild rice. 

Skillet Wild Rice Broccoli Cheddar & White Beans: simplelivingeating.com

I haven't cooked wild rice in a long time so it was a nice change of pace for my family.

Skillet Wild Rice Broccoli Cheddar & White Beans: simplelivingeating.com

You can use any vegetable you find fresh and calling your name. My kids love broccoli, so much so, that we had to take a break from it until this summer because we were eating so much of it.

Skillet Wild Rice Broccoli Cheddar & White Beans: simplelivingeating.com

Experiment with your cheese selection too. I picked cheddar because I live in a cheddar area and it very easy to find it produced locally. Gruyere would be terrific too in this dish as would Gouda or any other semi-hard cheese that melts well. 

Skillet Wild Rice with Broccoli Cheddar and White Beans

by Diane Balch
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Keywords: entree gluten-free vegetarian wild rice

Ingredients (4 to 6 servings)

  • 1 cup uncooked wild rice
  • 2 cups of vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup of extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic chopped
  • 1 bunch of broccoli chopped
  • 1 15 ounce can of white beans such as Navy or Cannellini 
  • 1/4 cup of grated cheddar cheese


1) Cook 1 cup of wild rice with 2 cups of broth of your choosing.
2) While rice is cooking in a large skillet add the EVOO, on medium high heat sauté the onions, broccoli and garlic. Add the garlic after the the onions and broccoli start to soften. You can speed up softening the broccoli by adding a tablespoon of water to the skillet and covering it for 2 minutes.
3) When vegetables are cooked add beans and heat through. Then add rice and mix well.
4) Sprinkle the cheese over the rice vegetable mixture and put the skillet under the broiler for about 3 minutes or until the cheese melts and begins to brown. Watch carefully.
Serve immediately.


  1. Visiting from Juggling Real Food and Real Life Link Party. This skillet dish is so delicious looking. Love wild rice, beans and broccoli!

  2. What kind of white beans do you use?

  3. Hi there! I'm stopping over from Juggling Real Food and Real Life today. Your dish really caught my eye. Your photography is so beautiful. I am a big fan of broccoli, cheese, and rice. Your addition of beans is going to make this dish a new favorite for my daughter. She is going through a phase (at age 10) that beans make everything taste better.

    1. You are so sweet. That is great your daughter likes beans, great healthy addition to any meal.

  4. Looks delicious, love this recipe, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop. pinning.

  5. This looks like pure comfort, Diane.Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  6. This looks amazing! We'd probably make it just as you did because my kids, too, LOVE broccoli. Thanks for this recipe!


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