Thursday, October 21, 2010

Cheesy Green Bean Skillet

I love brown rice.  I'm always looking for more ways to use it.  And, it happens to go well with cheese :)  

This is a meat-less meal (although it's not vegetarian because I used chicken broth), and it would be great as a side dish in houses who require meat each night!  

We ate it as a main dish, and enjoyed it very much.  Nice and comforting flavor, with an excellent texture thanks to that yummy brown rice.  

Cheesy Green Bean Skillet - Finding Joy in My Kitchen
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1 C brown rice
2 C chicken broth
8 oz mushrooms, sliced
1 C water
1 T minced onion
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp. salt
1 C shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
2 C green beans

Begin by sauteing mushrooms in a large skillet.  Remove from the skillet.

Combine the broth, water, onion, salt, pepper and brown rice in the same skillet.

 Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, until water is absorbed and rice is tender.

Then, add in mushrooms. Cover and simmer for about 5 minutes.

Next stir in the green beans, and simmer for 10 minutes, until green beans are cooked.

Finally, remove from the heat.  Stir in the cheese and allow the heat from the dish to melt the cheese.


Update: I have now made this recipe entirely in the rice cooker.  Cook the rice on the bottom, steam the veggies over the top in the steamer while the rice cooks.  Then, add the cheese to the rice.  Finally, stir in the veggies.  I love making it this way -- the rice cooker does all the work for me :)  

This recipe is linked to:
Recipe Swap at Prairie Story
URS: Cozy Foods, OneDishDinners
Ingredient Spotlight


  1. yum! what a great combination! the best part is my picky husband actually eats green beans and rice, not brown rice, but he'll never know if I add the cheese! :)

  2. Everything goes better with cheese!! YUM! This looks and sounds wonderful, Sno!

  3. We are brown rice eaters too! This looks great, thanks.

  4. I love brown rice and cheese. Green beans remind me of school cafeteria food :). Leave it to you to make me curious about the taste of this recipe.

  5. I loooove brown rice too! I'm vegetarian, but I could just substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth and I think this would be a great main dish! =]

  6. This looks like something that anyone would enjoy even if they didn't like brown rice. Delicious.

  7. Very easy and it looks fantastic, good way for me to use up extra pices of cheese too

  8. Thank you for posting this! I was in the mood for something warm and healthy but of course cheesy! I made this for our lunch and it was sooo delish! I had just pressure cooked some brown rice so I used that instead of the raw and I had canned green beans that took less time to cook, i also cut up a whole small onion and that added a wonderful taste too. THanks again for this easy and healthy recipe!

  9. We tried this a week or two ago when you posted it in your Friday Favorites--we enjoyed it too! Soo yummy, and super easy to make.

  10. This is a great green bean recipe, it really looks good. Thank you so very much for sharing your recipe with me.

  11. That looks yummy! it looks like something i have made in the past. You could also change out the frozen green beans for broccoli if you wanted or added cooked chicken to it too....

  12. This looks awesome. I'm pretty sure that I can even get my kids to eat this, they love green beans.

  13. I tried this yesterday. It was very good and my kids loved it. It is an excellent alternative to those packets (which we do not eat).

  14. looks yummy! I am book marking this to try...

  15. I hope this isn't a silly question but I was wondering if you were using instant brown rice?? It always takes me way longer to cook the regular brown rice...maybe it's my method... or lack of :D Thanks for any help you can give...

  16. @Swimlisa -

    In this recipe I used regular not minute/instant brown rice. It took a good 20 minutes to cook the rice in the broth & water mixture. If you have a rice maker, you can make this entire recipe in the rice cooker, and we've been doing that for the past few times we've enjoyed this recipe. Seems that way to take about 30 minutes from start to finish.

    Hope that helps! Let me know if you have more questions.

  17. Just picked a mess of green beans last night from the garden - think I'll be picking up brown rice at the store today and making for dinner tonight.
    I love that your pictures and recipes are "real" and not staged with fluffy props and whatnot. And I love that you are honest about what works and what you've tried with the recipes you post :)
    Thanks for all you do :)

    1. Thanks, Sunshine!! I appreciate your sweet comment!! Hope you enjoyed this dinner.

  18. I've made this dish dozens of times over the last few years and I realized tonight that I had never commented on it! This is one of my family's favorite quick and easy go to meals! It's a great way to fill up my two teenaged boys when we're in a hurry.

    1. Thanks so much for sharing! I love hearing that these recipes are enjoyed by others. You made my day.


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