brown rice & broccoli cheddar pie

Last week, I had phone meetings, deadlines and trying to find time for breakfast was a bit much. Now, normally, I’m totally a breakfast kind of girl so skipping it is a bit usual. But when 12 noon arrived, and I had a break in my schedule, I was more than ready for some food. So I whipped up this pie/quiche kind of thing using leftover brown rice and the remaining broccoli from the previous night’s meal.

The resulting meal was quick and tasty. I wasn’t sure if the brown rice crust would actually hold up as crust, but it worked surprisingly well! The cheesy-eggy topping studded with broccoli made for a pretty comforting spread…just the thing for someone who hadn’t had anything (but coffee) all morning! Served with a green salad and a topped with some fresh salsa, it made for a perfect midday break. Not a bad way to use up leftovers at all!

23 comments to “brown rice & broccoli cheddar pie”

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    Katerina   September 22, 2008 at 10:17 am

    I love how healthy this is with the brown rice, and I bet it would be great for breakfast too.

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    Patricia Scarpin   September 22, 2008 at 11:38 am

    This is a wonderful way of using leftovers. Great recipe, Kickpleat!

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    Sarena Shasteen   September 22, 2008 at 11:45 am

    I never think to use rice in my eggs (which I eat all the time)! What a great idea! I will definitely try this one soon!

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    VeggieGirl   September 22, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    NEVER skip breakfast!!! Shame on you!! Haha, no worries, you’re forgiven ;0)

    Such a colorful dish!

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    Dawn   September 22, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    very healthy yet flavorful. I would love to make this, and freeze some slices to have on the go for some mornings or lunches. wonderful idea!

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    Andrea   September 22, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Oooh, I can almost taste that cheesy crust that formed on top. This looks soooooooo good!

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    Kali   September 22, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Once again, I am astounded. This is an ideal way to use up leftover rice. It’s like frittata almost. Veggies, cheese, rice? What could be better?

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    Justine   September 22, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Oooh that looks good! Thanks for sharin!!!

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    Shannon   September 22, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Looks great, I tried something very similar and really loved it. Thanks for the reminder 😉

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    B.   September 23, 2008 at 12:18 am

    I made a similar dish last winter with roasted turnips. Oh goodness, turnips. 🙂

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    Bijoux   September 23, 2008 at 6:18 am

    A great alternative to doughy crust pizza – a rice crust “pizza”! Perfect for people with wheat sensitivities or allergies. I have to make this soon.

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    kickpleat   September 23, 2008 at 10:49 am

    katerina, it would be great for breakfast!

    yes, it’s almost a frittata, kali! i wasn’t sure how best to describe this dish, but i’m so glad that it’s tasty no matter what you call it 🙂

    thanks patricia, i think so too!

    sarena, rice and eggs go so well together! i always put fried eggs in my rice and so this just seemed like the next step!

    i know, veggiegirl! i usually never skip breakfast, i swear 😉

    dawn, it’s pretty healthy (i think) and it would be great as a breakfast or lunch on the run.

    andrea, oooh, the cheese!!! yum.

    thanks justine!

    thanks ttfn!

    b, i love turnips! yum.

    bijoux, indeed! this is an excellent replacement for regular pie crusts…but i don’t know if it would hold so well without the egg. regardless, it’s pretty tasty!

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    ana dane   September 23, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    this looks delicious- there’s nothing better than something served out of your big cast iron pan. now, if i could only manage to ever have leftover rice…

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    Maija   September 25, 2008 at 11:14 am

    What a great, thrifty idea. I wish I’d seen this before I ate up my leftover risotto (cooked in a mushroom broth) – I think this would have worked well for this, too.

    By the way, I love that your blog features a lot of “everyday” cooking. Some of the other food blogs tend to use more expensive ingredients or complicated recipes. I like that yours has a lot of quick-and-easy pantry-type recipes that are quick after work.

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    Little Wonderer   September 27, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    i’ve been looking for things to take for school lunch… this looks perfect! thanks!

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    kickpleat   October 5, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    ana dane, i always make up extra rice for leftovers because i love making fried rice. this was a nice change.

    maija, thanks for the nice words about my site! i think this would have worked very nicely with a mushroom risotto!

    shonna, it would make a lovely lunch 🙂

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    Liz   November 17, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    I made this and loved it! Thanks!

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