Creamy, delicious, and most of all EASY, this Keto Cheesy Broccoli & Cauliflower Rice is the perfect healthy low carb side dish! Made in just minutes, it’s great for those busy weeknights!
When Mr. Hungry and I were first married many, many, MANY ? years ago, one of our “go to” side dishes was the little boxes of rice mix that were already flavored – so you just cooked the rice and added the seasoning packet. Mr. Hungry’s favorite was the broccoli and cheese, which was ironic because the man loathes broccoli like no one I’ve ever seen!
To be fair, that neon orange colored rice with tiny flecks of green in it didn’t even come close to tasting like real broccoli, but I was just glad he would eat it and figured there had to be some vitamins in there somewhere…right?
I haven’t made prepackaged rice in over 20 years, but had a flashback to the old days and decided to recreate it in this healthier version that had actual broccoli in it, and of course cauliflower to stand in for the carb heavy rice.
This Keto Cheesy Broccoli & Cauliflower Rice is not only healthier than the boxed version, it also tastes SO. MUCH. BETTER. Boasting plenty of real cheddar cheese, it also has some mascarpone cheese stirred in, giving it a creamy, rich texture that is the best thing to happen to broccoli and cauliflower since….maybe ever.
Because the veggies are chopped finely, this can get by picky kids and husbands whose main issue with vegetables is the texture. Depending on how long you cook it, it really does have the mouthfeel of cheesy rice – but you can cook it even longer if your tribe likes their veggies softer!
There is no end to what you can do with this Keto Cheesy Broccoli & Cauliflower Rice beyond just using it as a low carb side dish! Eat it plain, top it with a fried egg and call it breakfast, or throw in some cooked chicken and it becomes a one pot meal.
You can even puree it and add some heavy cream and chicken broth and you’ve got a tasty keto soup!
- 1 cup riced broccoli
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- pinch of ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese
- Combine the cauliflower, broccoli, butter, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and nutmeg in a medium sized microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 4 minutes. Stir.
- Microwave for an additional 2 minutes. Stir.
- Remove from the microwave carefully and stir in the mascarpone cheese until creamy and fully incorporated.
- Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
- Serve hot.