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7 Rice Bakes That Will Make You Love Casseroles (Recipes)

Do you have any idea how underrated casseroles are?

If the very idea of a casserole makes you envision something full of soggy, sauceless noodles, canned tuna and all your least favorite canned vegetables (with no seasoning to be found), it's time you give the easy, comforting dish another chance to change your mind and your dinner routine. 

Picture it this way: moist or creamy, perfectly seasoned protein, some tender veggies (optional!) and easy, flavor-packed rice that cooked in the juices of your protein. Doesn't sound too bad, right? It's so easy, too! All you need to do is toss everything in a dish and pop it in the oven, like so:

1. Cajun Rice Bake

Cajun Rice Bake

So. Much. Flavor! Cajun seasoning and tomato sauce make for a perfect combo. Want to mix it up? Swap out the chicken for shrimp. Tasty either way.

2. Easy Chicken Fajita Rice Bake

Easy Chicken Fajita Rice Bake

If you love fajitas but don't have the energy to grill them, go ahead and toss together some seasoned veggies and chicken (or your meat of choice), broth and rice, put it in the oven and BAM! you're done.

3. Baked Sushi Casserole

Baked Sushi Casserole

This recipe calls for imitation crab, real crab and cooked shrimp, which is super delicious, but you're more than welcome to mix it up -- for example, a bit of salmon or tuna would be tasty too. Chopped cucumbers or fried onions would both make delightful toppings, once you pull it out of the oven.

4. Paprika Chicken And Rice Bake​

Paprika Chicken And Rice Bake​

Look how crispy that spiced chicken looks! This one is less of a creamy casserole and more of an easy way to make yourself a one-pan dinner, especially if you throw in some veggies with your rice. Nice!

5. Cheesy Broccoli-Rice Bake​

Cheesy Broccoli-Rice Bake​

If you love cream of broccoli soup, you have to try this casserole version -- throw in some chicken or tofu if you want even more protein. Velveeta cheese brings a surprisingly perfect creaminess, although if you aren't a fan you can just stick with regular cheddar or Jack cheese.

6. Cashew Chicken Casserole

Cashew Chicken Casserole

This one is easy and just a little creamy, thanks to some cream of chicken soup that makes for a delicious gravy shortcut. Top with crushed cashews, crunchy fried noodles or your favorite veggies like cabbage or broccoli to make this healthier spin on a takeout favorite even tastier.

7. It's Too Easy Cheeseburger Casserole

Cheeseburger Casserole

If you're craving burgers but not in a bun mood, consider switching up the format and turning it into an easy, cheesy, comforting and slightly tangy rice bake that comes together in less than half an hour.