Zucchini Rice Casserole – Gluten & Dairy Free

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Zucchini Rice Casserole - Gluten & Dairy Free

I have been away in North Idaho escaping, enjoying the sun and relaxation.  Bliss.    I am always anxious to get back home though, and this time was no different.  I missed my family, and I missed my kitchen!!  Eating out with so many “no’s” on the list is a real pain, as I am sure many of you can relate.

I came back to even more zucchinis, and loads of beans…so look forward to some of my favorite recipes with these vegetables!

This recipe was one I discovered on allrecipes.com.  I love this site.  It is so helpful as a springboard of ideas.  I have to “Tessify” the majority of the recipes, but that is the fun part….for me!  I changed this one by adding some more spices, changing the cheese and changing to brown rice for more nutrition.  This one could easily make a good vegetarian meal with some additional protein, but my family uses it as a side dish.  Lots of people have tried this, and it always goes over well.

PRESSURE COOKING BROWN RICE: Have you ever used your pressure cooker for cooking rice?  It is a new found love of mine.  Best textures rice I HAVE EVER HAD!  I love brown rice again!  Here’s how I do it:

  1. Soak your brown rice in water and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar for at least 12 or up to 24 hours.  I also add some sprouted brown rice flour to the water to assist in even MORE break down of the phytase.  I reserve a half of cup of this liquid to reuse every time, thereby increasing the amount of phytaste I break down the next time I soak my brown rice.  By doing this, I can finally digest brown rise easier instead of being bloated and gassy!
  2. TO COOK:  Rinse your brown rice well.  Normally you double the water content (ie, 1 cup of rice to 2 cups water or broth)  I do this and subtract a 1/4 cup per cup of rice since it has been soaked.  Bring your pressure cooker to full pressure and cook for 15 minutes.  Turn off, and either let it come down naturally, or do a quick release.

Zucchini Rice Casserole - Gluten & Dairy Free

Zucchini Rice Casserole
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Serves: 8
  • 1-1½ cups cooked brown rice
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1½ pounds zucchini, cubed
  • 1 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1¼ teaspoons garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon basil
  • ½ teaspoon paprika (I have used Hungarian and smoked, both were good)
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1½ cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup (or more) shredded Cheddar Cheese Style Daiya Cheese, divided
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 11 X 17 baking dish.
  2. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat, and add the zucchini, green onions, and garlic, sauteing for 5 minutes, or until just tender.
  3. Season with garlic salt, basil, paprika, and oregano.
  4. Mix in the cooked rice, tomatoes, and ½ cup cheese.
  5. Continue to cook and stir until heated through.
  6. Taste and adjust seasonings to your personal tastes.
  7. Transfer to the prepared casserole dish and top with remaining cheese.
  8. Bake uncovered 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Zucchini Rice Casserole - Gluten & Dairy Free

This recipe was shared on Simple Lives Thursday, Pennywise Platter, Wellness Weekend, GF Fridays, Whole Foods Friday, Healthy Vegan Fridays, Simple Meals Friday, Mostly Homemade Mondays, Natural Living Mondays, Make Your Own Monday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Tasteful Tuesday, Traditional Tuesday, Hearth & Soul, GF Tuesday, Real Food Wednesday, Whole Foods Wednesday, GF Wednesday, Healthy 2Day Wednesday, Wildcrafting Wednesday, Waste Not Want NotFrugal Days Sustainable Ways, Alive & Thrive, Thank Your BodyTasty Traditions, Simple Lives Thursday, Pennywise Platter,

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When her third child was born with severe food allergies, Tessa took to the kitchen to figure out how to feed her family well. Always up for a culinary challenge, their journey has taken many twists and turns! Lots of Paleo, and lots of top 8 free. Good food for families, that's what she's about!

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10 comments on “Zucchini Rice Casserole – Gluten & Dairy Free
  1. Anonymous says:

    This one, my family loved. A definate repeat!

  2. Anonymous says:

    So easy, delicious and nutritious?!! A keeper!Kirsten

  3. Amber says:

    Hi There Tessa,

    YUM!! This was a real hit with the family over the weekend! So simple, yet so full of flavor. I served with baked chicken breasts! Thanks for the great recipe!! :-)


  4. April Harris says:

    Your Zucchini Rice Casserole sounds delicious, Tessa. I like how full of fresh vegetables and tasty herbs it is!

  5. It is certainly zucchini time around here too, great to have a garden isn’t it?! This casserole sounds good and an easy one too. Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

  6. Tessa, your domesticness pretty much rocks. This looks AWESOME! Visiting from Gluten Free Friday.

  7. You did a GREAT job to Tessify this! :0 Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Hope your week is great!

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

  8. Rogene says:

    That looks good! I’m always looking for new ways to use zucchini.

  9. Cindy says:

    This looks great! I wanted to ask how to do a quick release of the pressure when pressure cooking brown rice? I’m new to pressure cooking, but would LOVE to make rice that way!
    Thank you!!

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