I’m really trying to focus on my personal challenges for the 1/3 Less Challenge this past week since the month is coming to an end soon. So when I had leftover rice the other day and I was tempted to let it languish in the fridge until it was forgotten about, I knew I had to use it up instead. Remember, 1/3 less food waste is one of my primary focuses this month.
My biggest problem with leftover rice is always the quality after it is reheated. I find the safest use for leftover rice is to combine it with something else – in a soup or casserole or even fried rice. If I try to just repurpose the rice as is for a new side dish, it just doesn’t turn out with a texture we enjoy.
So I spent some time brainstorming what to do with that leftover rice since all the usuals just weren’t appealing to me. My original plan for dinner had been a breakfast-for-dinner of some kind. Finally I decided I’d attempt using the rice in a breakfast casserole. It turned out to be a wonderful idea. The texture of the rice gave the casserole a little more bite than a more traditional breakfast casserole. And everything baked together so perfectly. We all really enjoyed this. Our 11 year old asked for the remaining small helping of leftovers for breakfast the next morning and our 6 year old, aka Mr. Picky, cleaned his plate. That was pretty impressive to me considering he’s not usually a big fan of either eggs or rice. This one is definitely a winner and something that I will absolutely be making again. It’s a perfect brunch option!
Cheesy Egg & Rice Bake
- 5 eggs
- 1 1/2 c. milk
- 1 t. salt
- 1 t. paprika
- 1/2 t. black pepper
- 3 c. cooked rice
- 1 1/2 c. frozen peas (or other veggie of your choice)
- 2 c. shredded cheese, divided
1. Whisk together the eggs, milk and seasonings in a large bowl. Stir in rice, peas and 1 1/2 c. shredded cheese. Pour into a greased 13×9 baking dish.
2. Top with remaining shredded cheese and bake at 375 degrees for 40-50 minutes, until set and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let sit for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.