quick and easy broccoli cassarole

Holy moly! Life is getting out of control busy! I’m getting really close to the launch of my new clothing company and was fortunate enough to be able to write two articles for the upcoming issue of Vigore! and I can’t wait to share them with you! That being said, time is in even more short supply than usual. This last weekend, I took breaks in between my transcribing work to clean house (which has been getting done only as-needed, so an overhaul was much needed). So cooking this past week had to be quick and delicious.

As you know, I LOVE my cooking blogs. I found another one that is amazing. I found this recipe on there, but made some adjustments, and it was the perfect, quick meal that was so needed last week. I post a lot of quick, easy recipes, and this is no exception. I hope you like cheesy broccoli, because here we go!

What You Need:
1 bag frozen broccoli OR 2 bunches fresh broccoli (16 oz. or 2 cups)
8 oz. light cream cheese
Two handfuls of bread crumbs
1/4 cup butter (melted)
Salt and black pepper

What You Do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Boil the broccoli (frozen or fresh) until soft, but still crunchy
Drain, then add cream cheese, salt and pepper (salt and pepper are to taste; I’d say 1/2 tsp of both)
In a separate dish, mix the butter and bread crumbs
Put the broccoli mixture into a rectangular baking dish
Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture on the top
Bake until the cheese is bubbly (about 30ish minutes)

Messiness – If you use the frozen broccoli, then this is one of the least mess recipes in your book. A little steaming, a little mixing, some baking and voila! Delicious broccoli casserole!

Simplicity – If you use the frozen broccoli, then this is one of the simplest recipes in your book. If you use fresh broccoli, then all you do is chop. The rest pretty much takes care of itself. It’s one of those great recipes that you can make while multi-tasking (i.e. siezing the opportunity to straighten up the kitchen)

Budget – Under $5. You should be able to find broccoli for fairly cheap (I get it for $1) and sour cream and bread crumbs aren’t too expensive either. for $5 you’ll get four servings of this amazing dish.

Delicious Factor – 5/5 because the cream cheese blends perfectly with the broccoli. It’s cheesy, smooth and the bread crumbs add that little extra something that makes it delicious.

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