Go for the Grains Casserole Recipe
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Go for the Grains Casserole Recipe

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“This casserole is hearty and delicious. A friend of mine gave me the recipe when I was compiling healthier recipes.” This colorful medley has 'good-for-you' written all over it. Melanie Blair - Warsaw, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 55 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 55 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 5 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 cup quick-cooking barley
  • 1/2 cup bulgur
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 226 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 741mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 8g fiber), 12g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine carrots, corn, onion, barley, bulgur, parsley, salt and pepper. Stir in broth and beans. Transfer to a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  2. Cover and bake 50-55 minutes or until grains are tender, stirring once. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, 3-5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Go for the Grains Casserole in Healthy Cooking August/September 2008, p15

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reindeer01 User ID: 1481948 162526
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2012

"Very good and different."

amandasue35 User ID: 5317782 94420
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2011

"My husband loves this! I don't think he realizes how healthy it is. It's easy to make and delicious."

ladybug810 User ID: 791745 162525
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2011

"I don't have many recipes that use barley or bulgur, and this one's a keeper! I've made it a number of times and love it."

leserenity User ID: 4596961 162271
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2010

"extra cooking time... the prep I didn't clock, but it was more the 25 minute side"

leserenity User ID: 4596961 208554
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2010

"I added celery, roasted garlic, millet instead of bulgur, and used home-grown ground beef instead of the beans, but would do it with the beans in a heartbeat. It took extra time for me, too - 20-25 minutes. No cheese. My husband's thrilled!"

Leibschen85 User ID: 1230547 147639
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2009

"This is sooo yummy!!"

AllisonWagner User ID: 3219249 162270
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2008

"This is a good casserole that really filled me up. For a twist, I added chopped tomatoes from my garden."

mistylee35 User ID: 2547667 75371
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2008

"I had to cook it for about 15-20 min more then the recipe states before adding the cheese."

cookswife81 User ID: 264166 208553
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2008 Edited Oct. 17, 2008

"This dish is delicious. I will definitely make this one again. I agree with the comment that it was love at first bite. Besides the bright colors of the ingredients, it was well worth waiting an hour for, my husband said the house smelled so good when he got home from work, he couldn't wait to eat."

wiscook User ID: 1143528 75370
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2008

"the prep time on this is NOT 25 minutes, it's more like 5 minutes. This receipe reheats very well."

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