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Microwave until the rice is fully cooked. The reason you place a plate on top is to steam the rice as it microwaves. It makes nice, fluffy rice that way.

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Cooking time given is based on my 1200W Panasonic Inverter Microwave so your timing might vary. I suggest checking it after 2 1/2 minutes and go from there.

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5.0 from 1 reviews
Microwave Mug Broccoli and Cheese Rice Bowl (Microwave Mug Meals)
 
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Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • 5 tablespoons rice (quick cooking)
  • ⅔ cup (5oz/150g) cold water
  • 2 broccoli florets (finely chopped)
  • ½ teaspoon cornstarch (corn flour)
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 4 tablespoons grated cheddar
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. In a very large, microwavable bowl add in your rice, broccoli and cold water. Place a plate over the top of the bowl. It’s best to use a quick cooking as it cooks faster.
  2. Microwave for 3 ½ - 4 minutes. Keep a close eye on it as it cooks as the water can overflow if the bowl is too small.
  3. When the rice is fully cooked, remove from the microwave and mix in cornstarch, milk, grated cheese, milk and a pinch of salt.
  4. Place back in the microwave to heat the ingredients together, around 1 minute 30 seconds. The cornstarch needs to get hot for it to activate. It helps to create a thick sauce for your rice bowl
  5. Enjoy your Homemade Rice warm, straight from the microwave.
Notes
They can be mixed up in advance for an even speedier meal
Cooking time will vary depending on your microwave (I use a 1200W Panasonic Inverter Microwave) and the width and depth of the mug

 

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32 Comments

  1. Mary Theresa on September 10, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Hi Gemma, I made this Microwave Mug cheese and broccoli rice bowl with a bit differently. did not have broccoli, I had some left over rice and cooked vegetables, (mushroom, carrots, onions and leafy vegetables)cut them into small pieces. I put the rest of your ingredients. While those were cooking, I stir fried quickly some pork with spring onions and put them on top of the rice. It came so good! Thanks for the sharing you your wonderful recipes. Keep up the good work.

  2. Mary Therese on September 10, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Hi Gemma, I did the microwave Mug cheese and broccoli rice bowl. I had some left over rice, did not have broccoli so instead I put some mushrooms carrots, shredded leafy vegetables and onions. All finally shredded while the rice was cooking in the microwave, I stirred fried some shredded meat with spring onions then I put it on top . It was so good! Thanks. Keep up the good work.

    • Gemma Stafford on September 11, 2017 at 1:46 am

      Thank you Mary Therese, it is good of you to take the time to write this review. It demonstrates how the recipes can be adapted to what you have in your home, well done you. I appreciate your input,
      Gemma 🙂

  3. Aliza on September 8, 2017 at 1:19 am

    Hi Gemma just saw this broccoli rice mug , it looks great I tweaked it for me as I did not have any rice on hand so i made broccoli soup I steamed 1 handful of broccoli ( with 1 tbsp of water) for 1.5 minute then added 1 tsp cornstarch, 5 tbsp coconut milk and 4 tbsp vegan cheddar cheese and a pinch of salt and microwaved for 2 minutes gave it a good stir and it was so good so thank you for the idea

    • Gemma Stafford on September 8, 2017 at 2:52 am

      Thank you Aliza for that idea! We learn for each other here on BBB.
      I am happy that you have been in touch,
      Gemma 🙂

  4. EMELIA on April 30, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Gemma, I have a food blog called http://www.delishoso.com. I have a lot of recipes there of my own, but I’d like to include some of your mug recipes, etc. on my blog. Can I do that with your permission?

    • Gemma Stafford on May 1, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      Hi Emelia,
      I will take a peek at your site when I get a moment,
      Please email Kevin at info@biggerbolderbaking.com. He looks after all of the business end of things. You must not use our content without our express permission, but Kevin will revert,
      Gemma 🙂

  5. Swetha Prasad on April 3, 2017 at 5:05 am

    What can I use instead of broccoli ? As I’m from India, broccoli is not something we get easily here…

    • Gemma Stafford on April 3, 2017 at 6:15 am

      Hi there,
      Use a quick cook vegetable, peas, courgette, perhaps mushrooms. think about this, and then what you have which you would use in a stir fry for instance,
      gemma 🙂

  6. Polly on February 19, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Hi Gemma

    I can’t thank you enough for this recipe. My 3 year old daughter loved this dish and she is very picky about eating her veggies so that’s a huge feat for her when she finished up her whole meal. I used chicken broth to cook the rice instead of water and it was absolutely delicious! I’m one happy mom today. Thank you !

    • Gemma Stafford on February 20, 2017 at 11:57 am

      Polly, I am happy now! It is great when you get a little one eating a balanced meal, and the chicken stock is a great addition. good job you, and well done little one too 🙂

  7. Dinar on December 20, 2016 at 1:44 am

    Hi, can I subtitute the rice with rolled oats?

    • Gemma Stafford on December 20, 2016 at 2:03 am

      Well!! This would be like a porridge! I am not sure that that will be too good!
      Can you get cous cous? this would be better, particularly the large grain (Isralie) one,
      Gemma 🙂

  8. Ciara on November 29, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Can you use normal flour with baking powder?

    • Gemma Stafford on November 30, 2016 at 2:21 am

      Hi Ciara,
      I do not know which recipe this is for! Neither do I know what you mean by normal flour.
      Plain flour = all purpose flour = cream flour, depending on where you live.
      Self raising flour includes the raising agent (baking powder).
      Chefs generally choose to use a plain flour and add the baking powder/bicarbonate of soda, cream of tartar etc – according to the requirement of the recipe. I hope this help you,
      Gemma 🙂

  9. Ann Ferguson on October 6, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Thanks Gemma I live in Ireland six months a year so we do not have a large kitchen full of equipment like I have at home in Australia . I found your recipes fantastic easy to make and yummy Keep up the great work

    • Gemma Stafford on October 7, 2016 at 9:10 am

      Hi Ann, what a great way to live, the best of both worlds, I hope! Thank you for your kind words, and for being with us. Join me LIVE streaming on YouTube next Thursday (13th) for our 1 Million Celebration at our usuall time (8:30am Pacific Time) . There will be A HUGE giveaway and an exclusive Mug Recipe. #1MMBoldBakers

  10. Janet on September 29, 2016 at 7:15 am

    Try adding 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of Better-Than-Bouillon chicken bouillon concentrate instead of salt. I particularly like the low sodium version. The vegetable broth version is really yummy, too. Either will season and really increase both nutrient and taste factors.

  11. Deeb on September 27, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    SUPER YUM! SUPER COMFORT FOOD this rice!
    Thanks so much! I didn’t have broccoli, so I subbed in a little cauliflower. Used whatever cheese I had and then added a little pepper, and to make it even cheesier added powdered cheddar cheese powder (about 1/4 teaspoon) and some nutritional yeast to also give it a boost of protein and more cheesy flavor. The cornstarch was brilliant! THAT’s how you get the creaminess! THANKS again!

    • Gemma Stafford on September 28, 2016 at 1:01 am

      I am happy you enjoyed this recipe, thank you for being with us 🙂

  12. Deanna B on September 27, 2016 at 11:34 am

    I am a little confused about the type of rice. When you say quick cooking, do you mean a “minute” type rice that just goes into boiling water and sits off the heat a few minutes on the stove top or a “converted” rice that only takes 20 minutes of cooking on the stove top instead of 40 minutes? Obviously this is being made in the mug and microwave, but I am trying to figure out which type of “quick cooking” rice you mean since they are vastly different.

    • Gemma Stafford on September 27, 2016 at 11:16 pm

      Hi Deanna,

      No worries. Minute rice is what I mean or an Uncle bens kind of rice. That will work perfect for you.

      Good luck,
      Gemma.

  13. Hema on September 23, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    All the microwave recipes are great. Loved it. Yummy.

    • Gemma Stafford on September 24, 2016 at 1:23 am

      Thank you Hema 🙂

  14. Kesia on September 13, 2016 at 2:59 am

    could we use any other cheese other than cheddar cheese.?

    • Gemma Stafford on September 14, 2016 at 12:57 am

      Sure you can, but it needs to have a good flavor, Gemma 🙂

  15. Brianna on September 10, 2016 at 10:58 am

    What else can I use for the corn flour? Regular flour??

    • Gemma Stafford on September 11, 2016 at 10:49 pm

      not regular flour but a rice flour will work. Otherwise leave it out. Regular flour won’t cook out.

  16. Sophia on September 8, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Love these! Here in the uk, is quick cooking rice the same as microwave rice, and can I use microwave rice?

    • Gemma Stafford on September 8, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      Hi Sophia, yes you can 🙂

  17. Tanners Mom on September 8, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Everything looks so Yummy, I can hardly wait to get to the store to get the ingredients I need! What did we ever do before we had microwaves?

    • Gemma Stafford on September 9, 2016 at 1:00 am

      I do not know! and when we find one we like it is difficult to change too. Off you go to the store! 🙂

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