Cheesy Broccoli Rice

*Cheesy Broccoli Rice*
Serves 4 - 6
(Depending on appetites)

This is simple and delicious.  One of our favourites, and there are no artificial ingredients or cream soups used.  It goes together in a flash.

1 TBS olive oil
210g long grain rice (1 cup)
500ml of chicken broth (2 cups)
1 medium head of broccoli, chopped
120g of grated strong white cheddar cheese (1 cup)
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp black pepper

Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Add the rice.  Cook, stirring constantly, until the rice begins to toast.  Add the chicken broth.  Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover tightly.  Cook for 15 - 20 minutes until the rice is tender.

While the rice is cooking cook the broccoli.  Place into a microwave safe bowl along with 2 TBS of water.  Cover and cook on high for 3 to 4 minutes.  Remove and allow to stand for about a minute, then drain. 

Stir the cheese, garlic powder and pepper into the cooked rice.  Stir in the cheese until it melted.  Stir in the cooked broccoli and then serve.