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Crunchy Rice Casserole

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One of the best things about rice is that it is so versatile. That versatility kicks up a notch when you are able to meal prep by cooking extra rice and freezing for a rainy day.

Why wait until a rainy day to use that extra rice you have stored in the freezer? Make a crunchy rice casserole and invite someone over tonight. This casserole would go nicely with meat, poultry and fish. The crunch is an added touch that gives some depth to this casserole. Walnuts, sunflower seeds, and sliced almonds all have a unique texture that makes each bite interesting. The sweet onions and melted cheese takes it from a so-so side dish to a so-so-so-delicious side dish!

Who’s ready for dinner?

crunchy rice casserole



Serves 4-6



  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 sweet onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 cups cooked Riceland long-grain white rice
  • 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream


  1. Preheat oven to bake 350 degrees. Spray baking dish with pam spray and set aside.
  2. On medium-high heat, sauté olive oil with onions and garlic for five minutes. Add walnuts, sunflower seeds, and sliced almonds for 10 minutes.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine rice, cheese, salt, pepper, egg and cream. Add onion mixture to bowl and fully incorporate.
  4. Transfer ingredients in bowl to baking dish and spread evenly. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven, serve and enjoy!


Post and phots by nwafoodie, a hub for food happiness. The Women Bloggers member Lyndi Fultz focuses on the simplicity of fresh ideas when it comes to the exploration of food, eating and enjoying life. Her blog conveys a sense of joy, curiosity and wonder of all the touch points of eating coupled with a fun and upbeat tone, pulling readers into a welcoming foodie fold that has none of the usual snobbery. She blogs from the perspective of a small town foodie exploring her backyard, spreading the message that eating well is truly one of the most joyful pleasures of living.