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Broccoli Casserole

Updated on September 4, 2014
Easy Cheesy Broccoli Casserole Recipe
Easy Cheesy Broccoli Casserole Recipe | Source

Easy Cheesy Broccoli

Add some cheese and a crunchy topping to broccoli and it becomes a favorite treat. My family always looks forward to my broccoli casserole. It's a wonderfully easy dish to prepare, it's convenient to bring to pot luck parties, and it's a perfect side dish for holiday meals like Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter.

My Mother used to make this cheese sauce to serve over vegetables and I decided to make it one better by adding a cheesy topping and baking it into a decadent broccoli casserole.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and I'd love to hear your thoughts if you decide to try it.

Easy Cheesy Broccoli Casserole
Easy Cheesy Broccoli Casserole | Source

Say Cheese!

Cheese Sauce is the secret to getting kids to love Broccoli (or almost any vegetable). I frequently make Broccoli and Cheese and the kids look forward to it. This is also a simple dish to bring for a holiday meal, or potluck dinner.

Nutritional Yeast

Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Large Flake Nutritional Yeast, 8-ounce (Pack of 4)
Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Large Flake Nutritional Yeast, 8-ounce (Pack of 4)

Nutritional Yeast is a fantastic addition to your pantry. It's the secret to the tasty topping on this casserole and it's loaded with vitamins, including B12 which is an important supplement for vegans. I use this as a replacement for parmesan cheese in vegan recipes, as a tasty topping on casseroles, and it's a wonderful topping for popcorn. I also slip this into many other recipes, to help the vegans in my family keep up with their vitamin B12 needs.

 

Ingredients

  • 2 16 ounce Packages Frozen Broccoli Florets
  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 Cup Skim Milk
  • 2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Nutritional Yeast (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Flaxseeds (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat Oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Prepare casserole dish for baking
  3. Microwave broccoli according to the directions on the package, until slightly tender. (don't overcook)
  4. Pour the milk and mayo into a small microwave safe bowl and mix well.
  5. Microwave on high for 1 minute
  6. Stir 1 1/2 Cups of the cheddar cheese into the mayo mixture and return to microwave for another minute
  7. Stir well, until all cheese is melted.
  8. Season with onion powder
  9. Pour sauce over well-drained broccoli and combine
  10. Add broccoli and sauce mixture to the casserole
  11. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese, nutritional yeast, flaxseeds, and the rest of the cheddar cheese over the top of the casserole.
  12. Cover and bake for 30 minutes

Golden Flaxseed Meal

Bob's Red Mill Organic Golden Flaxseed Meal, 16-ounce (Pack of 4) (Package May Vary)
Bob's Red Mill Organic Golden Flaxseed Meal, 16-ounce (Pack of 4) (Package May Vary)

This is the flaxseed that I use for the toping on this casserole. I started adding this to my diet last year when my doctor recommended omega 3s to lower my triglycerides, instead of taking a cholesterol lowering drug. My triglycerides dropped by 100 points and at the same time I discovered this fantastic condiment and ingredient to add to a variety of dishes. I have been experimenting by adding this to a wide variety of hot and cold foods to increase my own omega 3s and to also help my family members that don't like taking supplements and prefer eating their vitamins and minerals. I've tried a variety of different flax seeds and flax meals, and this is my favorite.

 

What did you think?

Please let me know if you tried this recipe and what you thought, also feel free to post any changes you made to make this your own recipe.

5 stars from 2 ratings of Easy Broccoli Casserole Recipe

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    MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 3 years ago from Jersey Shore

    Looks really delicious and I know my family would love it!

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    Mickie Goad 4 years ago

    I have never heard of Nutritional Yeast! Sounds like something I should think about having in my pantry. As far as the broccoli recipe, I just might try it. I have several broccoli plants growing and I hope I will be needing new recipes.

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    jolou 5 years ago

    I love broccoli and cheese so am sure I would like this recipe.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Happy St. Patrick's Day

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    KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

    I love that this is an easy oven recipe. We don't use a microwave at our house. Anything with cheese melted on top works for me!

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    JoshK47 5 years ago

    This looks incredibly tasty! Thanks for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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    julieannbrady 5 years ago

    One of my favorite casseroles! I can eat broccoli almost every day. Yumm.

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    miaponzo 5 years ago

    YUMMY Recipe! Blessed!

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    miaponzo 5 years ago

    YUMMY Recipe! Blessed!

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    i like to try some.....

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Easy, delicious, original and I especially like that you took your Mom's recipe for cheese sauce and kicked broccoli casserole up to cheesy wonderful with a a power pack of extra nutrition!

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    hlkljgk 5 years ago from Western Mass

    i'll have to give this a whirl soon.