Easy Oven-Baked Rice With Vegetables

Easy rice with vegetables

 The Spruce

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Total: 70 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
164 Calories
4g Fat
28g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 164
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 330mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Protein 4g
Calcium 32mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This easy rice recipe is baked in the oven and includes vegetables, making it a tasty side dish or main meatless meal. The mixture of chopped celery, onion, bell pepper, and carrot adds a variety of colors, flavors, and textures, and the chicken broth and garlic powder contribute a nice flavor. All of the ingredients are combined in a baking dish, covered, and cooked until everything is tender, meaning this recipe easy enough for a weeknight but also ideal for serving at a family gathering. The baked rice dish is perfect for accompanying a roasted chicken or turkey, baked fish, pork chops, or even a beef roast. Feel free to make it a main dish by adding some ham, chicken, leftover roast beef, or tofu.

Ingredients

  • 1 stalk celery (finely chopped)
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 green pepper (finely chopped)
  • 1 carrot (finely chopped)
  • 1 1/2 cups long-grain rice (uncooked)
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Dash of ground red pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Easy rice with vegtables ingredients
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  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

  3. Combine all of the ingredients in a 2-quart baking dish and stir well.

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  4. Cover tightly and bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour.

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  5. Serve alongside your choice of entrée and enjoy.

Recipe Variations

  • Feel free to swap out some of the vegetables for your favorites or whatever you have on hand. Green peas, spinach, asparagus, tomatoes, and green beans are all good choices. Add leafy greens and more tender vegetables toward the end of cooking time.
  • For added flavor, mix in fresh or dried herbs, such as parsley, oregano, and basil.
  • Saute the vegetables with onion and garlic in oil before adding to the rest of the ingredients and baking.
  • Give the dish a creamy finish by stirring in some shredded cheese once it's cooked; simply cover the pan and let sit to allow the cheese to melt.
  • Swap out the white rice for yellow rice and use red pepper or a combination of colored peppers. Top with sliced avocado and serve alongside carne asada.
  • For a complete meal, place raw seasoned chicken parts on top of the rice mixture, cover, and bake until the chicken is fully cooked, which may take closer to an hour and a half.

Tip

You can simply make this recipe vegetarian by substituting the chicken broth for vegetable broth.