Broccoli Cheese Casserole Mini Pies + Giveaway

A new lunch box favorite, these broccoli cheese rice casserole Mini Pies! These cozy little side dishes make amazing leftovers, perfect for packing and surprising your sweeties for back to school.

Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole MINI PIES! #sidedish #lunchbox #kids

There’s nothing quite as comforting as homemade broccoli cheese rice casserole. My kids love eating it at southern restaurants and beg me to make it at home.

Once school is back in session, they need a little extra comfort after long days and piles of homework. Heck, I need a little comfort as well. Let’s be honest, as much as I’m ready to send them back to school at the end of the summer… The moment they are gone I feel a sense of remorse.

Easy Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole MINI PIES! #sidedish #lunchbox #kids

Did we cherish every last summer moment? Did we make enough happy memories to counter-act mommy’s back-to-school shopping irritations?

I hope so.

How to Make Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole MINI PIES! #sidedish #lunchbox #kids #backtoschool

These perfectly packaged broccoli cheese rice casserole mini pies are a little reminder of just how much I love them. They make a marvelous side dish to any meal, as well as a surprise lunch box meal on a tough day.

The mini pies start with creamy gooey broccoli cheese rice casserole, made on the stove top.

How To: Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole MINI PIES! #sidedish #lunchbox #kids #backtoschool

Sauté onions and broccoli florets in a skillet with a little butter. Then once they are just barely tender, I add in cooked rice, nutty California Cheddar Cheese, and silky California heavy cream.

The rich melting cheese and touch of cream make the texture of the broccoli cheese rice casserole something to experience.

Easy to Make Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole MINI PIES! #sidedish #lunchbox #kids #backtoschool

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The kids love helping place the puff pastry into muffins tins, then scooping in the creamy rice filling into each pie.

Simple to Make Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole MINI PIES! #sidedish #lunchbox #kids #backtoschool

We top them off with a bit of extra cheese, then bake them until golden-brown.

Served hot or at room temperature, these little babies are as cozy as a fuzzy blanket.

Love these Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole MINI PIES! #sidedish #lunchbox #kids #backtoschool

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole

An easy mini pie recipe with all the comfort of classic broccoli cheese rice casserole.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dried basmati rice
  • 3 cups chicken stock, divided
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 Tb. California butter
  • 2 cup California shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup California heavy cream
  • 3 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray 2 12-cup muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray, every other cup. Meanwhile, place 2 cups chicken stock and rice in a sauce pot. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook the rice for 15-20 minutes, until the stock absorbs and air holes form on the top. Fluff the rice with a fork and set aside.
  2. Cut each puff pastry sheet into 4 equal squares and place a square down into the sprayed muffin cups, leaving the points up.
  3. While the rice is cooking, melt the butter in a large skillet. Add the onion and broccoli to the skillet. Saute for 3-4 minutes until the broccoli is vibrant green and slightly soft. Add the cooked rice to the broccoli, then add 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheese. Stir to combine. Then add 1 cup of chicken stock and 1/4 cups heavy cream. Stir until the cheese has melted to form a sauce.
  4. Spoon the broccoli rice filling into the puff pastry cups. Sprinkle the tops with the remaining cheese and bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then gently lift out. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the California Milk Advisory Board. All opinions are my own.

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134 Responses to “Broccoli Cheese Casserole Mini Pies + Giveaway”

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    cori — August 4, 2014 @ 4:18 am

    We love mac and cheese with greek yogurt, broccoli, mushrooms and peas

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    Anna — August 4, 2014 @ 5:23 am

    I like au gratin potatoes.

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    Bri | Bites of Bri — August 4, 2014 @ 5:31 am

    I love chicken and broccoli casserole and lasanga. Both are so memorable from childhood. I can’t believe it’s time to go back to school!

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    Kate — August 4, 2014 @ 5:39 am

    As silly as it is, cereal reminds me of back to school.

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    stephanie — August 4, 2014 @ 6:01 am

    Cauliflower mac and cheese!

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    Kim Henrichs — August 4, 2014 @ 6:06 am

    Definitely a good bowl of homemade macaroni and cheese!

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    Hannah Diane — August 4, 2014 @ 6:09 am

    These look amazing! Can’t wait to make some for supper. Yummy!!

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    Judith M. — August 4, 2014 @ 6:13 am

    Grilled cheese sandwiches with a bowl of creamy tomato soup.

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    barbara n — August 4, 2014 @ 6:13 am

    I love to make rice pudding with a hint of nutmeg!

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    dc — August 4, 2014 @ 6:16 am

    funeral potatoes (hash browns, cheese, sour cream , onions, cream of something soup) baked casserole style.

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    Janet T — August 4, 2014 @ 6:17 am

    I love to make banana pudding and/or banana cream pie.

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    Lisa Smith — August 4, 2014 @ 6:17 am

    Grilled pizzas!

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    Alice F — August 4, 2014 @ 6:18 am

    My favorite is good old fashioned Mac n Cheese…with a ton of cheese added!

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    Pauline Gudas — August 4, 2014 @ 6:23 am

    We love to have a egg, sauagae cheese make ahead breakfast casserole

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    Katie — August 4, 2014 @ 6:30 am

    We eat lots of cheese. I make a great grilled cheese sandwich. Also a broccoli cheese soup that has milk.

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    Stephanie K — August 4, 2014 @ 6:36 am

    smoked gouda macaroni

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    carolee c. — August 4, 2014 @ 6:39 am

    Apple crisp with lots of vanilla ice cream!

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    Leah M — August 4, 2014 @ 6:39 am

    Corn chowder in the crock pot!

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    Lindsay Lee — August 4, 2014 @ 6:41 am

    Homemade macaroni and cheese we have it at least once a week at our house! The kids can’t get enough of it!!!

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    Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living — August 4, 2014 @ 6:45 am

    What a fun idea – casserole in bite-size form!

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    BusyWorkingMama — August 4, 2014 @ 6:51 am

    We like to make egg cups in muffin tins. They also freeze pretty well.

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    Christina P — August 4, 2014 @ 6:53 am

    I love mac n cheese!

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    Terri — August 4, 2014 @ 6:55 am

    My favorite has to be mac and cheese!!
    These look delicious!! Can’t wait to try!

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    Linda K. — August 4, 2014 @ 7:02 am

    I still love tuna casserole. Even made with the goopy soup.

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    Sarah A. — August 4, 2014 @ 7:02 am

    King Ranch Chicken Soup! Basically, it’s chicken tortilla soup with lots of CHEESE!

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    Mercedes — August 4, 2014 @ 7:05 am

    Butternut Squash Soup with butter and cream!

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    Katie — August 4, 2014 @ 7:05 am

    It’s hard to beat a good homemade cheesy macaroni dish!

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    Kate S — August 4, 2014 @ 7:07 am

    Mac and cheese… like so many others already!

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    sarah k — August 4, 2014 @ 7:11 am

    One of my favorite cheesy dishes is a cauliflower fennel cheese soup. I love the idea of broccoli cheese rice casserole mini pies, will definitely be trying it in the future.

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    Erica — August 4, 2014 @ 7:13 am

    Yogurt granola parfaits!

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    Rebekah — August 4, 2014 @ 7:14 am

    Chicken, rice, and pea casserole. YUM!

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    Lauren W — August 4, 2014 @ 7:18 am

    English muffin pizzas!

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    Maria — August 4, 2014 @ 7:18 am

    Love that these are mini!

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    Kay — August 4, 2014 @ 7:20 am

    Macaroni and cheese with broccoli!

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    Jeffrey — August 4, 2014 @ 7:36 am

    Potato, Broccoli and cheddar soup in a sourdough bowl!

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    ashley — August 4, 2014 @ 7:37 am

    mac and cheese

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    Jen — August 4, 2014 @ 7:42 am

    I love mac and cheese!

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    Marla Meridith — August 4, 2014 @ 7:44 am

    Love these mini pies & great for the lunchbox!

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    Rust — August 4, 2014 @ 7:55 am

    Chicken Alfredo is my favorite.

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    Neill Hines — August 4, 2014 @ 7:55 am

    Love chess! Broccoli…not so much, lol

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    sherri lasko — August 4, 2014 @ 7:57 am

    cheese soup

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    latanya — August 4, 2014 @ 8:00 am

    mac and cheese

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    Gaby — August 4, 2014 @ 8:03 am

    What a comforting little bite!

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    Michelle @ Healthy Recipe Ecstasy — August 4, 2014 @ 8:03 am

    It’s always mac ‘n’ cheese!

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    Leann Lindeman — August 4, 2014 @ 8:05 am

    Lasagne!!!!!!

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    Heather Christo — August 4, 2014 @ 8:12 am

    I’m with Marla, these would be great for lunch boxes!

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    libby — August 4, 2014 @ 8:15 am

    Would be Macaroni and Cheese

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    Leslie Kiley — August 4, 2014 @ 8:28 am

    Love chicken and dumplings topped with plenty of cheese and Mac and cheese.

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    Renee — August 4, 2014 @ 8:39 am

    Beer cheese soup is a favorite at our house.

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    Sarah — August 4, 2014 @ 8:40 am

    Honestly just straight-up cheese is my favorite! Though a cheesy, heavy cream-laded quiche is a very close second.

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    Katherine — August 4, 2014 @ 8:43 am

    Cheesy Potato Soup. It’s major comfort food!

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    Becki @ Bites 'n Brews — August 4, 2014 @ 8:44 am

    Lemon risotto! Butter, mascarpone and parmesan galore!

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    talya B — August 4, 2014 @ 8:45 am

    hmmm….anything with cheese would do–baked potatoes, mac and cheese, pizza, cheese danishes

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    Kristin — August 4, 2014 @ 8:46 am

    I’m all about homemade ice cream!!!

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    Cori R. — August 4, 2014 @ 8:49 am

    We add cheese to many dishes. We love quesadillas with fresh garden veggies this time of year.

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    Jill J — August 4, 2014 @ 8:54 am

    The family loves it when I make homemade au gratin potatoes, so good!

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    Maria Malaveci — August 4, 2014 @ 8:56 am

    Macoroni and Cheese is are favorite!

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    Kim — August 4, 2014 @ 8:59 am

    Broccoli cheddar soup!!

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    Kristen D. — August 4, 2014 @ 8:59 am

    Banana pudding with whipped cream!

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    Claudia — August 4, 2014 @ 9:14 am

    I love anything with cheese and broccoli.

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    naomi — August 4, 2014 @ 9:16 am

    Loving how fast and easy this is!

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    Pamela Gurganus — August 4, 2014 @ 9:27 am

    My favorite fall dairy-laden dish is creamy and cheesy broccoli cheddar cheese soup!

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    Joanna — August 4, 2014 @ 9:49 am

    I love mac and cheese – brings me back to being a little kid and back to school time!

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    Carlyn — August 4, 2014 @ 9:52 am

    Skillet lasagna is delicious or mac and cheese or grilled cheese

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    Lizz — August 4, 2014 @ 10:26 am

    quiche!

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    Paige C — August 4, 2014 @ 10:33 am

    I love cereal, yogurt, frozen yogurt and smoothies!

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    Denise Wilson — August 4, 2014 @ 10:42 am

    potato soup

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    Alice // Hip Foodie Mom — August 4, 2014 @ 10:47 am

    for my kids: loaded mashed potatoes (with heavy cream) and for me: mac and cheese all the way! love these mini casseroles . . love finding new ways to use puff pastry!

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    Megan Marsh — August 4, 2014 @ 11:17 am

    I’m always torn between broccoli cheese soup and chili topped with frito’s, a few handfuls of cheese and a huge scoop of sour cream!

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    HS — August 4, 2014 @ 11:27 am

    I like baked macaroni & cheese.

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    RavieNomNoms — August 4, 2014 @ 11:36 am

    What a great idea!!!

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    Amy Tong — August 4, 2014 @ 11:37 am

    My favorite back to school comforts with dairy is quiche. The kiddos love it as well as the grown ups. :) What a great giveaway to get us ready to back to school. Thank you for hosting!

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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    Colleen Boudreau — August 4, 2014 @ 11:44 am

    Definitely Mac & Cheese!

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    Rosie — August 4, 2014 @ 11:57 am

    Homemade French onion soup!!!! Lots of cheese!!!

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    Candice — August 4, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

    lasagne

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    Megan's Cookin' — August 4, 2014 @ 12:30 pm

    Pumpkin ice cream! I cant wait for it to start hitting the shelves!

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    Barb — August 4, 2014 @ 12:41 pm

    Has to be mini cheese pizzas

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    Jeannette — August 4, 2014 @ 12:52 pm

    mac and cheeeeeeeeeeeseeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!

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    Mary El — August 4, 2014 @ 12:58 pm

    I love broccoli and cheddar soup! Or any kind of bisque really.

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    Catherine Jackson — August 4, 2014 @ 1:03 pm

    My mom’s homemade mac and cheese was always a favorite! My family believes it is medicinal!

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    Nikki — August 4, 2014 @ 2:04 pm

    mashed potato waffles

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    sharron orcutt — August 4, 2014 @ 2:20 pm

    mac and cheese fresh from the oven and definitely homemade

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    Terese — August 4, 2014 @ 2:23 pm

    Enchiladas smothered in ooey gooey cheese!

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    Dana — August 4, 2014 @ 2:41 pm

    Pizza!

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    Heather — August 4, 2014 @ 3:22 pm

    Lasagna has to be my favorite back to school/ Fall dairy-laden dish!

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    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — August 4, 2014 @ 3:42 pm

    Mac & Cheese or quiche or lasagna—obviously I am easily pleased.

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    Joey — August 4, 2014 @ 4:19 pm

    any kind of mac and cheese!!

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    Michele Behlen — August 4, 2014 @ 4:58 pm

    As the weather gets cooler , I look forward to mac and cheese.

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    Anne — August 4, 2014 @ 5:01 pm

    Quiche is a favorite in our house, and it’s loaded with cheese, eggs, and milk, so it’s a pretty dairy-full meal! And I almost forgot about the butter in the crust.

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    Kristen — August 4, 2014 @ 5:09 pm

    Mac and cheese!!

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    Carol Y — August 4, 2014 @ 7:55 pm

    Mac and cheese or alfredo.

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    Anne H. — August 4, 2014 @ 8:06 pm

    Alfredo pasta

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    Leigh Anne Borders — August 4, 2014 @ 10:40 pm

    We love to make quiches. They are relatively easy and can be reheated!

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    Kaitlin Benjamin — August 4, 2014 @ 11:17 pm

    Mac and Cheese for sure!

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    Heather Hayes Panjon — August 5, 2014 @ 2:13 am

    Cheese Empanadas Are My Favorite!

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    Rebecca — August 5, 2014 @ 5:30 am

    A good, old-fashioned cheese sandwich – my favorite when I was in kindergarten!

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    Sue Gerth — August 5, 2014 @ 5:33 am

    I think these would be great for my lunches when I’m at school! Easy, portable, and I can make them ahead.

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    Alina — August 5, 2014 @ 6:08 am

    It would have to be au gratin potatoes! YUM!

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    Sean C — August 5, 2014 @ 6:08 am

    Easy as can be- grilled cheese!

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    Deirdre — August 5, 2014 @ 7:09 am

    I am a big fan of soups once the weather gets chilly. Our favorites are mushroom soup and butternut squash soup — both made with milk AND heavy cream!!

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    Jennifer — August 5, 2014 @ 8:10 am

    Grilled cheese sandwich! Thank you for this opportunity!

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    Mary Beth Elderton — August 5, 2014 @ 9:50 am

    This broccoli cheese has my mouth watering! One favorite–any time–is the cheesy TexMex goodness that is King Ranch Chicken *home made with more cheese and no canned soup*

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    Cristina — August 5, 2014 @ 10:25 am

    Hands down, quiche is a quick snack, or side dish– even a main dish!

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    Shelby — August 5, 2014 @ 10:51 am

    Butternut squash lasagna!

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    Cat — August 5, 2014 @ 1:51 pm

    mac & Cheese!

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    Samantha — August 5, 2014 @ 2:12 pm

    Our favorite in this house is Mac and Cheese by far .

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    Andrea — August 5, 2014 @ 3:44 pm

    I love a good, cheesy lasagna. It is even better left over the next day.

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    Nicole-Lynn — August 5, 2014 @ 4:57 pm

    I love a cheesy, loaded oven smashed sweet potatoes! Thanks for the opportunity!

    Seasidesmitten@aol.com

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    Marty Musser — August 5, 2014 @ 6:10 pm

    I love pretty much all cream-based, cheesy soups. So perfect on chilly fall days!

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    Meredith — August 5, 2014 @ 6:49 pm

    What a tasty lunch treat!

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    Jenny — August 5, 2014 @ 9:19 pm

    Quesadillas!

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    Amy S — August 5, 2014 @ 11:27 pm

    Quiche!

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    Lisa G. — August 6, 2014 @ 5:47 am

    Homemade mac and cheese…the way my mama makes it!

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    Randi T. — August 6, 2014 @ 1:02 pm

    Macaroni and Cheese!

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    LinhC — August 6, 2014 @ 8:16 pm

    broccoli cheese soup

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    Dawn Lloyd — August 6, 2014 @ 8:29 pm

    I love chicken enchiladas with sour cream sauce

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    Julie — August 7, 2014 @ 4:55 am

    Skillet lasagna and quiche!

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    Juli V — August 7, 2014 @ 7:03 am

    Homemade macaroni and cheese

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    Shannon — August 7, 2014 @ 8:42 am

    Shepherds Pie!

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    Gail — August 7, 2014 @ 9:23 am

    Love some great soup – butternut squash/tomato/lentil you name it – LOVE

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    jemma dunn — August 8, 2014 @ 9:47 am

    Definitely Mac n Cheese! Shell noodles are the best. Throw a little bacon and some veggies in it and you have a full meal!

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    Heather B — August 8, 2014 @ 10:42 am

    Pumpkin Cheesecake ice cream

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    Rena — August 8, 2014 @ 11:38 am

    mac and cheese casserole or lasagna

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    D — August 8, 2014 @ 12:54 pm

    they look so easy!

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    Susan Christy — August 8, 2014 @ 3:13 pm

    Love Veggie Quiche with cream & cheese.

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    Jaclyn Reynolds — August 8, 2014 @ 3:48 pm

    Our go to dish is Baked Ziti. It tastes great as leftovers too!

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    Vicki — August 9, 2014 @ 7:03 am

    we love cheese so anything with cheese is tops on our list!

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    Sandy — August 9, 2014 @ 10:16 am

    Mac and cheese is the all time favorite

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    amanda whitley — August 9, 2014 @ 12:47 pm

    i like broccoli cheddar pie

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    Christa Bengtsson — August 9, 2014 @ 12:54 pm

    I love cheese broccoli soup with extra cheese.

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    Annette — August 10, 2014 @ 2:15 pm

    I like zucchini frittata during fall – lots of cheese and heavy cream.

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    Christen Allen — August 10, 2014 @ 2:18 pm

    Creamy ham & potato soup!

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    Carmen N — August 10, 2014 @ 4:33 pm

    Scalloped potatoes and ham (we make with plenty of cheese)

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