Vegetable, ham and cheese rice casserole

Brandy O'Neill

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This vegetable, ham and rice-packed casserole is just what the cold weather ordered. It's stick-to-your-ribs delicious!

Vegetable, ham and cheese rice casserole

Cooking healthy doesn't have to be hard after the New Year. This tasty dish is packed full of brown rice, vegetables, chopped ham and cheese. I know you are thinking cheese isn't healthy but just wait until you see our super-secret ingredient. We add a special cauliflower sauce that helps give this casserole a creamy texture without using tons of cheese. Don't worry cheese lovers. We did use some cheese.

Vegetable, ham and cheese rice casserole

Slightly adapted from Lauren's Latest

Yields contents of 9 x 9-inch dish


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1-1/2 cups diced mixed vegetables (we used carrots, peas, corn and green beans)
  • 1-1/2 cups diced ham steak
  • 1-1/2 cups cooked instant brown rice
  • 1-1/2-2 cups cauliflower Alfredo sauce
  • 1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 9 x 9-inch pan with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large skillet, add olive oil and set over medium heat. Once oil is hot, add in onion and mixed vegetables.
  3. Cook until they just start to soften. Add in ham and brown rice, stir to combine.
  4. Pour in 1-1/2 cups of cauliflower sauce and 1/2 cup of shredded cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted and the mixture is thoroughly combined. If the mixture is too dry, add a little more sauce until desired texture is met.
  5. Pour into prepared pan and top with remaining shredded cheese.
  6. Bake for about 20 minutes until the cheese is melted on top and the mixture is hot throughout.

Tip: We used a frozen vegetable mix that we threw into a food processor and lightly processed while frozen. It helped break up the vegetables into small pieces without leaving it too processed. You can also use any leftover vegetables you can find in your fridge. This recipe works perfectly with almost any type of vegetable.

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Brandy O'Neill
Brandy is the author of the food blog, Nutmeg Nanny. In her spare time she enjoys developing recipes, baking and cooking. She is a small town girl who left the corn fields of Ohio for the scenic beauty of the Hudson Valley region of New York. Her food is influenced by her small town roots as well as her many travels around the world.