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Go for the Grains Casserole

“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


  • 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 shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese


  • 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.
  • 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.
Editor's Note
Look for quinoa in the cereal, rice or organic food aisle.
Nutrition 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.

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  • reindeer01
    Sep 16, 2012

    Very good and different.

  • amandasue35
    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
    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
    Jun 16, 2010

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

  • leserenity
    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
    Jun 15, 2009

    This is sooo yummy!!

  • AllisonWagner
    Aug 26, 2008

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

  • mistylee35
    Aug 26, 2008

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

  • cookswife81
    Jul 30, 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
    Jul 23, 2008

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