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Oven Grains, Greens, and Cheese, Please

Oven Grains, Greens, and Cheese, Please
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This is a great, warm, comforting one-dish crowd pleaser. Cook it on a Saturday when you have family visiting, or a Tuesday just to make yourself happy. Make this into your very own family recipe! Use your favorite grain, or try a new one. The recipe suggests some greens and cheeses, but please do experiment with any you have on hand and love.

This recipe makes 6 servings plus leftovers.

  • 2 tablespoons
    olive oil
  • 2 medium
    onions, sliced
  • 2 cloves
    garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups
    mushrooms, sliced
    salt and pepper
  • 2 bunches
    kale, chopped
  • 2 bunches
    Swiss chard, chopped
  • 1 cup
    Parmesan cheese, grated
  • egg, beaten
  • 1 squeeze
  • 6 cups
    cooked, mild-tasting grains, like quinoa, barley, or wheat berries
  • 6 cups
    of your favorite store-bought tomato sauce, plus extra to serve on the side
  • 2 cups
    mixed cheeses, like a soft goat cheese, fresh mozzarella, and Fontina
  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat and drizzle in enough oil to cover the bottom. Sauté the onions, garlic, and mushrooms until they are soft and golden. Season with salt and pepper and dump them into a bowl.
  2. In a large pot or pan with a lid, steam the greens until tender, 4 to 5 minutes (you might have to do this in a couple of batches). Put the cooked greens in a clean dishtowel or salad spinner and wring out all the excess water. Toss the greens with the Parmesan cheese and egg. Season the mixture with a squeeze of lemon, salt, and pepper.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Now treat all the ingredients just like lasagna. Put a layer of grains in your baking dish, top with tomato sauce, a layer of greens, the mushroom mixture, and a layer of the mixed cheeses . . . and so on until you finish with a layer of tomato sauce and cheese.
  4. Top the dish with foil or a lid, stick it into the oven, and bake until bubbling, about 35 minutes. Then take off the lid and return the dish to the oven for 10 minutes.
  5. Serve with extra tomato sauce and a simple green salad.

Recipe by Kirstin Uhrenholdt
Excerpted from The Family Dinner by Laurie David. Copyright (c) 2010 by Hybrid Nation, Inc. Used by arrangement with Grand
Central Publishing. All rights reserved.

Nutritional Information

Makes: 6 servings
  • Calories449
  • Cholesterol57mg
  • Fat16.5g
    • Saturated fat7.5g
  • Sodium470mg
  • Protein25.2g
* Nutritional Guidelines based on the USDA's MyPlate Standards.
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