06 December 2011

Cheesy Rice, Kale, and Mushroom Casserole

Comfort food is in full throttle in this kitchen! =)  Here's what happens when I'm too lazy to make risotto, ridiculously bored of macaroni and cheese, and on a roaring kale and mushroom kick:

Cheesy Kale and Rice Casserole
Cheesy Rice, Kale, and Mushroom Casserole
aka what to make when you're entirely too lazy for risotto
makes 2 servings

What's in it?
1 cup cooked white/brown/yellow rice [1/4 cup dry, cooked any way you'd like!]
1/2 cup of ricotta or blended cottage cheese
a handful of chopped dinosaur kale
8oz sliced button or portabello mushrooms
1 clove of garlic, minced
a thin slice of butter for sauteing
grated cheddar and parmesan cheeses [approx a handful of each... measure schmeasure!]
salt, pepper, parsley red pepper flakes, and garlic powder, to taste

Cheesy Kale and Rice Casserole

Get Cooking!
PREHEAT your oven [or toaster oven!] to 350F.  Cook rice utilizing your favorite method.  While the rice is fluffing away, saute your veggies in a teeny bit of butter.  Season kale and mushrooms with a teeny bit of salt and pepper, and add [+ cook] garlic towards the end to prevent burning.  Once both the rice and veggies are done cooking, combine in a baking dish and stir in ricotta or cottage cheeses.  Sprinkle in a little of your grated parmesan and stir to incorporate.  Taste the mixture and re-season if needed.  At this point i usually add in a sprinkle of parsley and some additional garlic powder, to taste.  Top casserole with grated cheddar and parm cheeses and sprinkle liberally with red pepper flakes for an extra kick of flavor.  BAKE for 20-25 minutes or until golden and bubbly.  Turning your oven to BROIL towards the end of baking for just a minute or so will give the dish an extra golden layer on top.  Just keep an eye on it to prevent burning during this extra step =)  Worth it!

Cheesy Kale and Rice Casserole

So... How was it?
This was one of those random, throw in everything from the fridge as you cook kind of meals... a method of cooking usually yields the best, most random results!  This fridge-cleaning casserole was an instant success and made a delicious + comforting lunch for a cold, dreary day.  After weeks of chowing noodles and quinoa like it was my job, it was such a nice change of pace to have some fluffy rice back in my life.  Red pepper flakes have become my ultimate topping for anything cheese-related and I wouldn't skip them for the world!  The flavorful kale and hearty mushrooms were a fantastic paring with garlic and rice.  I'm actually craving it again so I may try my hand at a new variation with a different mix of colorful veggies.  Maybe some spinach and buttery squash? Ahhh can't wait! 

Have you ever used rice in a casserole-style dish?
This was my first time!

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54 comments:

  1. Oooh this sounds good.  I wanna make this with quinoa!

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  2. bahaha so do I! I keep forgetting and make my quinoa fried rice... but we should both try it that way for sure! =) quinoa makes everything fantabulous <3

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  3. this looks tasty and easy!  I am adding it to my recipe folder!

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  4. Yummo.  I make a Mexican-style casserole with brown rice... love the texture it brings, especially when slathered in guacamole. ha.   Kale and mushrooms are such a good combo :)

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  5. Oh man, that looks so cheesy and delicious :) Kale is relatively new to me, but I've fallen in love with it and am always looking for new recipes. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  6. That looks lovely! :)

    My roommate uses rice often in casserole dishes like this. I'm more of a pasta girl- but that could also be because rarely do I keep rice on hand...

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  7. Looks delish! I'm always looking for new ways to use kale!

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  8. Yum! Never used rice in a casserole before.. :)

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  9. This looks delicious! I have some brown rice and kale that really need to get used up—I think I may have to try this. Thanks for the inspiration : )

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  10. I love to throw things together into something new.  I do it all the time, because I'm too lazy to look something up!  This looks wonderful!

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  11. Lindsay @ The Lean Green BeanTuesday, December 06, 2011

    i love casseroles cuz there are basically no rules! i'm working on a cheesy lentil and rice one!

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  12. That looks so delicious!! I'm not generally a mushroom fan (Crazy I know) but I usually like them in things like this!

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  13. I've been all about kale lately, so this recipe is ringing bells for me ... and of course, having a cheese element helps ... I do use rice in casseroles ... usually with kielbasa and peppers and a soupy sauce or with mince and peppers and tomato sauce ... total lazy comfort food...

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  14. This looks great! I love all the flavors involved here, so I'm sure I'd love it! 

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  15. The flavors involved  in this dish look make my mouth  drolly. 

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  16. You had me at Kale and Portabello's!!  I love mushrooms in casserole dishes like this!  YUM!!! What a fun and easy idea :) 

    xxoo

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  17. This looks amazing. I would replace the kale with spinach because my kids will eat it. I'm gonna try it!

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  18. Mmmm yes ma'am!  I want this in mah belly right meow! 

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  19. yesssss.  looks SO tasty and comforting.

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  20. That looks delish! I use kale in a soup I make and I love it!

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  21. Mmmm - this looks delicious! Some cashew cream in the mix instead of cheese for me and I think this would be heaven. :)

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  22. Oh my gosh, this is probably one of the most exciting recipes I've come across in the blogosphere in a long time. It looks AMAZING. 
    I'm definitely going to try to make a vegan version this week. I can't wait! Thanks for sharing another great looking meal! :)

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  23. Wow! That really does look like comfort food at it's best!! And I can see green therefore it is obviously healthy despite all that delicious cheese!! ;D

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  24. This looks super yummy! I haven't done with rice, but it sounds like a great idea---it must soak up lots of flavor!

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  25. bahahahaha I love you for that! =) I think if cheese didn't exist the world might be a sad sad place =) though there must ALWAYS bee green nearby it!

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  26. Oh this looks crazy good! It's not about when you're too lazy for risotto - it looks like a YUM alternative to risotto! Plus I need more ways to enjoy kale cooked as, raw it's just too bitter for me... :S

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  27. this looks so yummy!! I love your pictures. I can't wait to get a better camera :]

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  28. I love these kind dishes.  I think all of the cheesy goodness would make up for the lack of meat to my husband.  Looks delicious!

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  29. Cheesy yummy goodness!! This makes me crave a casserole right now!

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  30. This sounds fabulous! I love making casseroles with rice. One of my childhood favorites was a chicken and rice casserole!

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  31. nicoleandgwendolynTuesday, December 06, 2011

    this recipe has made me crave vegan cheesy spinach with ketchup!  off to the kitchen i go! x

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  32. WHOA!! This looks ah-mazing!!!

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  33. I love cheesy rice! Wait! actually, anything with cheese:) Thanks for the gorgeous recipe!

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  34. What a fun dish!  I have used rice in a casserole-style dish, but don't often.  I may have to give this one a try!  

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  35. yayyyyy veganize away! let me know how it turns out lovely! <3

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  36. sounds good to me!!! =) I did a squash and tomato sauce casserole for dinner tonight. warm veggies in a dish are all I want lately! lol =)

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  37. Very fun dish!  The recipes and photography on your blog are FABULOUS!  I'm so glad I landed here as I was stocking and hopping through blogs!!!  I'm your newest follower and would love to have you to come by for a visit and share the "love" back sometime soon!!!  

    Your new bloggy friend,
    Aimee from ItsOverflowing.com

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  38. I love new ways to eat Kale.....this is right up my alley!

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  39. This definitely did not need rice, it was delicious though.

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  40. haha I was craaaaaaaaaaving it though! =) I'm going to try it next time without the starchy goodness! Thanks Leah!

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  41. Hi, new follower here and thanks for following me on Twitter.  I am really going for this dish.  In fact I just may make this today.  I have brown rice already cooked and have the other ingredients as well.  Love it.

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  42. Aww yay thanks Suzi! =) Let me know what you think!

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  43. This looks delicious, Jenn!  I love casseroles and this one looks super easy. :)  Thanks for sharing!

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  44. oh my wonderful goodness ~~~ just pulled this out of the oven and took a sneak peak spoon full absolutely delish!  the children love the picture with it covered in cheese and can't wait to try it either.  another great recipe from you!

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  45. Yay!!!! Give the kiddos a high-five from me =) Hope they like it too!

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  46. Just made this and it is just full of flavor not to mention wonderful cheese!! :)

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  47. How about quinoa instead of rice??

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  48. Perfection! I've done it with grits too and loved it! It's pretty flexible!

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