A couple of nights ago, I made this chicken cordon bleu casserole  for dinner. It was something I discovered on Pinterest,  and even though I’m not a huge fan of ham I wanted to give it a shot. It turned out really well, and I only slightly altered the recipe by adding about a tablespoon of yellow mustard to the sauce (if you have dijon, that might be even better).

I wanted to make rice to go with it. I knew I had some mushrooms that needed to be used, and I still had a ton of fresh rosemary hanging out in my crisper.

This might be a good recipe to save for when you have leftover rice in the fridge. I didn’t, so I tried  a method for baking the rice that I also found on Pinterest. I used chicken broth and butter instead of water and oil…And I put a couple of sprigs of rosemary on top before covering it and putting it in the oven.

This method works wonderfully, even if you accidentally forget to turn the oven on because your toddler threw half of his snack on the floor. I think mine sat in the cold oven for half an hour before I remembered and turned the oven on. It was still fluffy and delicious.

Ok, so now that we’ve established that I’m a little (ok, a lot) scatterbrained,  onto the recipe!

Rosemary brown rice with mushrooms

About 2 cups prepared brown rice

About a cup of mushrooms, sliced

1/2 smallish red onion, diced

Olive oil

About a tablespoon butter

1-2 sprigs fresh rosemary

About 1 to 1 1/2 cups chicken broth

Salt and pepper

A wedge or two of lemon

Heat a little olive oil in a pan over medium. Add butter, and when the pan is hot throw in the mushrooms and onions. Salt the mixture lightly, and sauté until mushrooms are browned and onions are soft. Pour in about half of the chicken broth, crack some pepper into the pan, and place the rosemary on top. Let it bubble until it reduces, then add the rest of your broth and let that reduce until it’s saucy. Squeeze in a little fresh lemon, remove the rosemary, then add your rice and stir.

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This was awesome as a side dish, and I think it could be a really good main dish if you threw some meat or tofu in there.

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