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Vegetarian Broccoli and Rice Recipe (Without Cheese)

Vegetarian broccoli and rice, ready to eat!

Vegetarian broccoli and rice, ready to eat!

Less Meat Means Better Health

In today's bad economy, the modern family often consists of the parents, the adult children, and a grandparent. My family consists of exactly that. Although my children (ages 22 and 24) both have jobs, they could not live on their own with the income they generate. Both my son and daughter are vegetarian, so this presents problems for me at dinnertime if I make something that includes meat—because they will not eat it.

Vegetarian Kids and Vegetarian Food

So, I try to make foods that are vegetarian, despite the fact that my husband, Jerry, and my stepfather are both meat-eaters. Neither of them seem to mind, and it makes the money and the food stretch. Besides, their health is probably improving since the food is prepared with less fat and more veggies.

Fresh broccoli from Jerry's garden

Fresh broccoli from Jerry's garden

A Bounty of Broccoli

Jerry's been growing a lot of vegetables in the backyard, and broccoli is one of them. He had a fairly scraggly-looking crop last spring, but he planted a different type of broccoli this time. His new broccoli crop is just beautiful and ready to harvest—the heads are compact, nice, and full. They rival the ones at the market!

One of my kids suggested I make broccoli and rice, which sounded great to me, so I searched through Google for a vegetarian version of it. Unfortunately, most of the recipes insist on using large amounts of cheese (which I do not like), so I had to keep searching. I ended up finding a good one by Paula Deen that I could adapt to suit my needs. May God bless you, Paula Deen.

Perfect Every Time

You will find that if you follow these instructions, this rice comes out perfect every time! I use a large non-stick pot with a lid that closes well, but you can use an electric skillet or wok if you'd prefer.

Serve this dish as a light meal or use it as a side dish to the entrée. Garnish with sliced almonds or a sprig of parsley.

Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Cooking Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

25 min

20 min

45 min

Serves 6


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, minced
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 head fresh broccoli, chopped or cut small
  • 1 1/2 cups long grain rice, uncooked
  • 3 cups vegetable broth

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. In a non-stick frying pan at medium-flame, heat up 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
  2. Add the minced garlic and onion and stir-fry (stir constantly so they do not burn) for about 3 minutes.
  3. Next, add the broccoli. Stir-fry it constantly for 3 minutes, making sure to mix the garlic, onions and broccoli well.
  4. Now add the raw rice to the pan; brown it by stirring it around and mixing it with the other ingredients for 1 minute.
  5. Pour in the vegetable broth. Bring it to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer; cover the pan and set your timer for 20 minutes.
  6. The broccoli and rice is cooked and ready to serve. Take the lid off the pan carefully to ensure all the liquid is absorbed.
  7. Serve with fried tofu. Garnish with sliced, toasted almonds or a sprig of parsley.
Broccoli florets, minced garlic, and onion

Broccoli florets, minced garlic, and onion

The broccoli and rice in the skillet

The broccoli and rice in the skillet

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© 2015 Miriam Parker