Rice Vegetable Casserole USDA Recipe for Family Child Care

Age Group: Ages 3-5, Ages 6-18
Serving Size: 6
Everyone will ask for more Rice Vegetable Casserole! It is a delicious blend of kale, brown rice and seasoned vegetables topped with melted cheese.
CACFP Home Childcare Crediting Information
One 2” x 3¾” piece provides ½ cup vegetable (⅛ cup dark green vegetable, ⅜ cup other vegetable), 1 oz equivalent meat alternate, and 1 oz equivalent grains.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes


  • Preheat oven:
    Conventional oven: 350 °F.
    Convection oven: 325 °F.
  • Pour broth in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Place brown rice in a small baking dish (8” x 8” x 2”).
  • Pour boiling broth over brown rice. Stir. Cover baking dish tightly.
  • Bake:
    Conventional oven: 350 °F for 40 minutes.
    Convection oven: 325 °F for 40 minutes.
  • Critical Control Point: Heat to 140 °F or higher for at least 15 seconds.
  • Remove cooked rice from oven. Set aside for step 14.
  • Mushroom sauce:
    In a medium non-stick saucepan, add margarine, onions, mushrooms, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and onion powder. Stir constantly over medium high heat until mushrooms are soft for about 3 minutes.
  • Sprinkle flour over mushroom mixture. Stir well. After one minute, turn down to medium low heat.
  • Add milk, stirring constantly until smooth. Sauce will become creamy and thick in texture. Remove and set aside for step 15.
  • Combine cheese together in a small bowl, set aside for step 17.
  • Lightly coat a baking dish (9” x 9”) with pan release spray.
  • Assemble as follows:
    a. First layer: Place cooked rice in baking dish.
    b. Second layer: Pour mushroom sauce over rice.
    c. Third layer: Add kale.
    d. Fourth layer: Sprinkle 1 cup cheese evenly over rice mixture.
  • Cover pan tightly.
  • Bake:
    Conventional oven: 350 °F for 15-20 minutes.
    Convection oven: 325 °F for 5-10 minutes.
  • Cut each pan into 6 pieces (2” x 3¾").
  • Critical Control Point: Hold at 140°F or higher until served.
  • Serve one – 2” x 3¾" piece.


Nutrition Facts
Rice Vegetable Casserole USDA Recipe for Family Child Care
Amount Per Serving 1 piece
Calories 251 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 401mg17%
Potassium 351mg10%
Total Carbohydrate 37g12%
Dietary Fiber 4g17%
Total Sugars 3g3%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Vitamin D 27IU180%
Calcium 266mg27%
Iron 3mg17%
Vitamin A 196mcg
*Marketing Guide
Yield / Volume