Grains Galore

By • May 19, 2011 • 4 Comments

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Author Notes: Aren't whole grains wonderful? They are a cheap, delicious pantry staple and so versatile. This is a homey casserole and you can use whatever grains you have on hand, just keep the water to grain ratio the same when cooking. I would recommend using the wheat berries, though, for their distinct chewy texture. The grains can be prepared a day ahead and then just toss in the remaining ingredients for a quick meal.BlueKaleRoad

Serves 8

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat berries
  • 1/2 cup farro
  • 1 cup short grain brown rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup black olives, sliced
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Bring the grains and water to a boil in a 4 quart saucepan. Reduce heat, give a stir, cover and simmer until soft and water is absorbed, about 1/2 hour. If a little water is still left you can remove from heat and keep covered and the water will be absorbed. Can be prepared a day ahead. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all the remaining ingredients with the grains in a buttered casserole or large pie dish (reserve some green onions to garnish after baking). Bake for 30 minutes. Sprinkle on the reserved green onions and serve.

Tags: can be made ahead, cheap, Easy, Vegetarian

Comments (4) Questions (0)


almost 3 years ago healthierkitchen

This sounds right up my alley! Do you soak the wheatberries first?


almost 3 years ago BlueKaleRoad

No need to soak the wheatberries first, but they do take time to soften. I hope you get a chance to try it. :)


almost 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Looks positively luscious! And how on earth did you get that sweet chicken to pose for your lovely still life?


almost 3 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Thank you, boulangere! Bess was curious about the pumpkins so jumped onto the table to peck them. I started snapping lots of photos and it was just luck to get this one. She is a such a sweet hen!