Why Some People Are Trashing Jill Duggar’s Latest Recipe

The Duggar clan is known for many things — like having lots of kids, being extremely religious, and saying controversial things on social media. But being good cooks is not one of them. In fact, the family is somewhat notorious for their recipes, which have become the butt of jokes on social media and are frequently criticized for being unhealthy and unappetizing.

Jill Duggar’s latest recipe

Commenters on social media might turn up their noses at some Duggar dishes, but that hasn’t stopped Jill Duggar Dillard from continuing to share recipes on her family blog and Instagram. Most recently, she posted a recipe for broccoli rice casserole.

Jill’s recipe comes straight from her mom’s kitchen — in fact, Michelle had previously shared it as an example of how she fed her family of 19 kids on a budget. With only six ingredients, the casserole is certainly easy to prepare, and easy to double or triple if you’re feeding a crowd.

To make the broccoli rice casserole, start by heating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, prepare the rice (you’ll need 6 cups cooked to fill a 9×13-inch pan). Sauté one small onion in 2 tablespoons of butter until soft, then add a 1-pound block of Velveeta and 2 cans of cream of chicken soup, cooking until the cheese is melted. In a separate pot, cook 1 pound of broccoli. Combine the rice, cheese mixture, and broccoli in a greased baking dish and cook for 30 to 45 minutes until golden brown on top.

Some people love Jill’s recipes

On Instagram, some fans thanked Jill for sharing an easy-to-make, kid-friendly recipe.

“Thank you for sharing your recipes so much! I’m a stay at home mom of 3 kids age 3 and under and use your recipes a lot since they are both yummy and cost-conscious,” one wrote.

Another pointed out that “hiding” vegetables in these kinds of dishes was a good way to get kids to eat more of them. “We do something similar but it also has cauliflower in it! Great way to get kids to eat it if they aren’t fans!” the commenter shared.  

Others think she needs to try harder

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AJ Calloway poses with Jessa Duggar, Jinger Duggar, Jill Duggar, and Jana Duggar in 2014 | D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra

Yet it didn’t take long for the culinary critics to come out of the woodwork. “That sounds amazing, but my stomach can’t handle so much fat and sodium anymore,” wrote one person. “Too much cheese,” someone else added.

Another was even more pointed in her criticism, and said given Jill’s influence — she has 1.6 million followers — she had a responsibility to share healthier recipes.

“[E]very recipe posted has either cans of chicken soup or velveeta cheese … Her family’s entire week’s recommended allowance of salt and fat neatly encased in one handy dish!” the commenter pointed out.

In a follow-up comment, the person pointed out that Jill “is in a position where she can influence others,” and that it would be good if she focused on recipes that focused less on processed ingredients that were high in salt and fat. The commenter than urged Jill to “adapt some of her childhood recipes to reflect the more enlightened era we live in” and went on to dismiss the broccoli rice casserole and other dishes as “heart attack inducing slop.”

Perhaps Jill will take that person’s advice to heart. She does sometimes post about healthier dishes she’s made, like these kale chips or this homemade kale and potato soup. But based on many of the other recipes she’s shared — which are often heavy on “cream of” soups and cheese — it seems like she’s not ready to give up her can opener and Velveeta just yet.

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