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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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Dirt Cheap Dinner