Cheesy Sausage and Rice Casserole

This is a savory casserole that is healthy, too. Great for a winter weeknight, although now that I think about it, it is equally good in the warmer months when it can be made with fresh corn and cilantro. -Ellen

1 lb bulk pork or turkey sausage, crumbled and cooked

1/2 of a 8oz container of Chive and Onion Cream Cheese Spread

1/3 cup liquid egg whites (you can use two whole eggs, lightly beaten, instead, if you choose)

2 cups cooked brown rice (I use Minute Rice Brown Rice when I am in a hurry)

1 can of corn with red and green  bell peppers, drained

1 cup Mexican style shredded cheese, divided

2 Teaspoons dried cilantro or 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix cream cheese spread and egg whites in a large bowl until well blended, a wire whisk works best. Stir in rice, corn, 3/4 cup of the shredded cheese, sausage and cilantro.

Pour mixture into a greased 3 quart baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup shredded cheese. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until cheese on top is melted and lightly browned.

Cheesy Goodness

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