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Easy Cheesy Broccoli and Brown Rice Bake [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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I was determined to make something easy and nourishing, and this brown rice and broccoli bake is exactly that. It’s easy as can be, especially if you cook the brown rice in advance. Lots of broccoli-rice dishes require pre-blanching the broccoli or sautéing garlic and onions, but I was in no mood for that many steps when I made this dinner. No, this dish is just about as simple as it gets! You pretty much just mix brown rice and broccoli in a casserole dish and stir it up with a basic cheesy sauce. Easy peasy.

Easy Cheesy Broccoli and Brown Rice Bake [Vegan, Gluten-Free]




  • One large head broccoli, chopped into small florets
  • 3 1/2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (and an optional additional 1/4 cup)
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • A few shakes or twists black pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoons vegan butter (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400˚.
  2. Prepare a small* casserole or baking dish by spraying it with oil. Add the brown rice and broccoli florets directly to the dish and stir to combine.
  3. In a small bowl, combine 1 cup of the almond milk, nutritional yeast, mustard, salt, garlic powder, paprika, and pepper and whisk until combined. Pour about 3/4 of the sauce over the rice and broccoli mixture, reserving about 1/4. Stir gently so that the mixture is coated. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  4. After 30 minutes, remove the dish from the oven, uncover, and stir. Dot with the Earth Balance. If the casserole is looking dry, add the additional 1/4 cup almond milk. Return to oven (uncovered), and bake for another 10 minutes, then remove from oven and pour the remaining sauce over the top. Eat!





An ethical vegan with a love of good books, good craft projects, and good food, Kelly strives to live a compassionate, cruelty-free life. She blogs at Vegga, where she shares animal-free recipes. Although she tends to cook with healthy, whole ingredients, she doesn't shy away from the occasional decadent treat. When she's not chowing down on delicious vegan food, you can find her playing with her two adopted dogs or planning her next travel adventure.



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9 comments on “Easy Cheesy Broccoli and Brown Rice Bake [Vegan, Gluten-Free]”

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7 Months Ago

Very Good. My daughter loved it! However, I did make a few changes. Steam broccoli first, soy instead of almond milk, sauteed onions and garlic first and mixed with the rice and broccoli. I also doubled the liquid and added 1 tbl of arrowroot powder to help thicken the sauce

Hayley Restivo
20 Mar 2018

We’re so glad you enjoyed it! If you got any pictures of your creation make sure to tag us using #Foodmonsterapp on Instagram so we can feature you on our page!

Peg Pedone
7 Months Ago

Terrible! What did I do wrong? Extremely dry despite extra milk. And very little flavor. Added mustard and nutritional yeast liberally (good thing) yet taste is bland. Wish I knew what these other commenters did differently. Waste of good broccoli imo.

Karen Ackerman
11 Months Ago

We know Vegetable oil is not vegan; therefore, what oil is acceptable for "spraying" the pan??

Ted Mayfield
16 Aug 2018

How is vegetable oil not vegan? Or is some group redefining the term now?

1 Years Ago

I\'ve made this about 3 times in as many weeks, I think I\'m actually addicted to it now, it\'s just too good!

2 Years Ago

My mom made this and it was delicious. Highly recommend.

3 Years Ago

I made this today, and it was very good! My only suggestion would be to either lightly steam the broccoli first, or add an additional 15 minutes to the initial baking time (which is what I did), because the broccoli was still pretty crunchy at that point. Otherwise, it\'s a winner!

3 Years Ago

Is the oven temperature in Fahrenheit or Celsius? Sorry, I am not American.

28 Apr 2015

American recipes always use Fahrenheit for oven temperatures, as Celsius is a metric unit of measurement :-)

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