I have a lovely casserole recipe to share!  And you know how I love casseroles.


This recipe is actually a twist on my very favorite recipe – the Santa Fe Casserole.  This meal is cheesy and flavorful, yet packed with good stuff, too.  Cheers for Brussel sprouts!


I made a small version of this recipe to perfectly portion it out for two people.  But you could always half or double for less or more.  I bet it would freeze well.


Cheesy Brussel Sprout Casserole


Ingredients (for two servings):


  • 10 Brussel sprouts, chopped in half
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup kidney beans, drained
  • 2 tablespoons Italian herbs in a tube
  • Salt to taste




  • In a wok, bring 1/2 cup water to boil and add in Brussel sprouts and carrots.  Let steam/stir-fry for 5 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Combine cooked brown rice, cheese, kidney beans, herbs, and salt in a large bowl.  Drain Brussel sprouts and carrots and add in.  Mix thoroughly.
  • Pour into greased casserole and bake for 40 minutes or until center sets.
  • Plate and enjoy!


That casserole was the PERFECT post-race dinner.


Other eats of the day include a bunch of strawberries and edamame as I spoke with my neighbor Tonya about her medical situation.  I saw her brain scans and suggested she give her tumor a name.  She laughed – she’s staying so positive.  She’ll know in the next week or so what type of treatment she needs to have.  I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated on her progress.  It helps her so much to know that other people care.


Lunch #2 was scrambled egg, tofu, spinach, and watermelon:


And some crackers and hummus when I got back from work… Oh, Starbucks.  What would I do with you and your Coffee Light Fraps?


Well – I’m going to try to convince the Husband to take me out for dessert, and then I’m going to crash.  I am SUPER sore and tired from the race!


Goodnight!  Have a good Saturday night.



  • Baking 'n' Books June 4, 2011, 9:39 pm

    What a healthy day! Wow – all clean eats. I hope you do get some dessert 🙂

    Great, great race – and thanks for update re: Tonya. Will keep her in my prayers tonight.

  • Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet June 4, 2011, 9:43 pm

    You deserve something sweet after your swim today!

    I’m glad that Tonya is staying positive. And you definitely cheer her up by being so supportive of her 🙂

  • Chelsea June 4, 2011, 10:10 pm

    Awh I bet Tonya is so happy to have such a strong support team around her 🙂 You look like you had a lot of yummy food today though! You deserved it for working so hard and finishing your swim!

  • Victoria (District Chocoholic) June 4, 2011, 10:50 pm

    Swimming races can definitely leave you sore. A massage is probably in order.

    Brussel sprouts and cheese are two wonderful foods. Even better together in casserole form.

  • 'laina June 4, 2011, 10:56 pm

    Tonya’s story breaks my heart because it’s so close to my heart. Nine years ago, my mom passed away from small cell cancer that had metastasized as tumors to her brain and lungs. Chemo and radiation didn’t do much but shrink them, the docs said she was in remission, but she fell into a coma and passed away a few short weeks later- I wish she had had the energy to try alternative treatments before giving up. If Tonya is open to suggestions, my yoga teacher has beaten her battle with leukemia by alternative treatment- you can read her story on the following link (the article is not about her, she’s explains it at the bottom in the comments.) Best of luck to Tonya and her family, she is in my thoughts and prayers. 🙂


  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 4, 2011, 11:01 pm

    That casserole looks delish! I can’t believe Tonya can laugh at things like that. What an amazing attitude and spirit!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) June 4, 2011, 11:30 pm

    You definitely deserve some dessert, girl! Enjoy it 🙂

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing June 4, 2011, 11:46 pm

    Oh yum! And ohhh yes I love starbucck’s light fraps!

  • Khushboo June 5, 2011, 12:41 am

    Yum day of eats! I love the light fraps, especially mocha flavor!

  • Lenna June 5, 2011, 4:33 am

    Oh my, I love that casserole recipe! I am a total brussel sprouts girl, I could eat them all day long and this seems like a nice twist on my traditional recipes:) Thanks for it!

  • Jumanah @ Healthy Living in the Middle East June 5, 2011, 5:59 am

    Delicious looking casserole! Enjoy dessert!

  • Cara June 5, 2011, 7:02 am

    That casserole looks awesome! I love brussel sprouts and cheese!

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun June 5, 2011, 7:13 am

    Oh that sounds so good! Brussels are my fave veggie. Congrats on the race. I bet every achy muscle is worth overcoming that swim.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 5, 2011, 8:10 am

    I love casseroles because they are so comforting to eat! And I love how healthy this one is too. 😀

  • The Teenage Taste June 5, 2011, 8:14 am

    I love casseroles too and this one looks delicious! I love brussel sprouts! 😀

  • LizAshlee June 5, 2011, 8:37 am

    Congrats to you on finishing a great race!! Swimming is SO challenging! I am inspired!

    Did you do a good job of convincing…what did you get for dessert?! 🙂

    Have a fabulous Sunday!

  • Marisa @ Loser for Life June 5, 2011, 8:37 am

    That looks so delicious, Caitlin! Love those herbs in a tube, too!

  • Molly @ RDexposed June 5, 2011, 11:16 am

    I could make a meal out of those crackers and hummus!

  • katie @ KatieDid June 5, 2011, 11:17 am

    congrats on such a successful race! I’m at starbucks right now and debating one of those fraps. Are they really good?!

  • Amber K June 5, 2011, 11:46 am

    That looks delicious!

  • Sarah for Real June 5, 2011, 11:53 am

    Your casserole looks delicious! Tip: when you do the steam/sauté thing with a bit if water in the pan, I think it’s called Braising. I just learned that myself and makes me feel all fancy, haha.

  • Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa June 5, 2011, 1:00 pm

    Giving the tumors a name is such a hilariously good idea. Way to help her remain positive. I really hope that the treatment goes well. I lost my dad to brain cancer 8 years ago and have now made fighting cancer my career. If Tonya hasn’t already, I would encourage her to call the American Cancer Society if she has questions re: treatment, insurance, etc. They have a lot of great resources not only for her, but might have some resources for her kids as well.

  • Candy January 1, 2013, 10:44 am

    Your version is still going strong. Made it for a dinner party for this New Year’s eve 2012. Everyone loved it! so it will become a regular here in my Texas kitchen. THANKS! and blessings for this new coming year.

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