Cheesy Kielbasa & Broccoli Skillet

Sometimes you need a big bowl of something covered in cheese. If you add broccoli to the bowl of something covered in cheese, you feel much better about eating it. Proven fact.
Initially, I was going to just sprinkle some cheese on this and call it a night, but the box of salsa con queso I purchased on a whim caught my eye and beckoned me. I had a $1.00 off coupon AND a $2.00 rebate, so I tossed it in my cart. It’s no question that queso will get eaten in this household.

This is the brand I used. I am not a spokesperson for them; they don’t know I used and enjoyed their product. I’m not getting any kickbacks. I merely tell you this because this specific one is vegetarian and gluten free. I also feel pretty good about the ingredient list compared to other brands of queso.

The only thing that really takes any time with this recipe is the rice.
Next time you cook rice for anything, cook an extra 1/2 cup. Rice triples, so you would reserve 1 1/2 cups cooked rice. You can stash it in the refrigerator if you plan to make this recipe within a few days, or freeze it for later.
Kielbasa will keep for a while in the refrigerator, but if there’s a good sale on it, it’s always worth keeping some in the freezer for quick meals.
You can use fresh or frozen broccoli. I used frozen simply because there was a great sale on the big bags of frozen broccoli, so I stocked up.
Buy your rice from the bulk bin section of your grocery store to save loads of money. Save a jar or container to store it in when you get home.
As I mentioned above, I had $3.00 worth of coupons for this specific queso, which is a big part of why I used it. I had a manufacturer’s coupon that was in one of those coupon booklets the store passes out. I also had a $2.00 rebate on the Ibotta app. (Use this link to sign up for Ibotta and get an extra $10.00!)
To make this recipe vegetarian, you can certainly just leave out the kielbasa and have broccoli and rice. I would probably use more broccoli though. I think a can of pinto beans would be delicious in there too though, to help up some fiber/protein.

Cheesy Kielbasa & Broccoli Skillet

Cheesy Kielbasa & Broccoli Skillet

1/2 cup dry rice cooked (yields 1 1/2 cups cooked rice) (If using frozen, thaw overnight first.)
1 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon cooking oil (Something that can handle high heat)
4 cups frozen broccoli florets
7oz (1/2 package) kielbasa, cut into rounds
1 box queso (This was about 1 3/4 cups worth)

Combine rice and paprika, set aside.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat (#7), add the oil, broccoli and kielbasa. Cook, stirring occasionally until broccoli is done. (Check a piece periodically until you reach your desired texture.)
Stir in the rice and queso and cook just until heated through.


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