Sunday, March 22, 2009

another retro casserole

hippie casserole i

I made this hippie health-food casserole to use up some broccoli and mushrooms that had been hanging around in my refrigerator. I ended up buying some more broccoli and forgetting to add the mushrooms, so it wasn't really successful as a refrigerator-clearing exercise, but it was still pretty tasty. The sauce is similar to the mac & cheeze sauce I made last month, but I think it turned out a little more cheddary. Maybe that's just because it turned out so orange from all the carrots....

Orange and Green Casserole
makes enough for 4 people, or 1 person who likes leftovers

4C cooked brown rice
2C cooked beans (I used cranberry beans)
1lb broccoli, stems peeled, cut into bite-sized pieces and steamed till tender
(6oz cremini mushrooms, sliced and fried in olive oil till limp and turning browner)

2 medium carrots, cooked till very soft
1 1/4C carrot-cooking water
1/4C each nutritional yeast, cashews, and arrowroot (or cornstarch if that's all you have)
2T olive oil
1T lemon juice
2t onion powder
1/2 salt and 1/4t black pepper
1C unsweetened soy milk (or your favorite nondairy milk)

2T olive oil
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2C fresh bread cubes
2T minced parsley

Mix the rice, beans, broccoli, and mushrooms (if you remember to cook them) in a big bowl.

Whiz all of the sauce ingredients except the soy milk in a blender till smooth. Cook in a small, heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently, till thickened. Whisk the milk in and take off the heat. Stir it into the rice bowl, then spread the mixture into a big, shallow casserole.

Mix the crumb ingredients together, then scatter them over the casserole. Bake at 375°F for about half an hour.

hippie casserole ii


joannamauselina said...

It looks very tasty. What are those little things that look like adipose tissue? The beans?

rebecca said...

No, that's the brown rice, turned adipose-colored from the carroty sauce.

joannamauselina said...

Silly me! I read the recipe but didn't notice the rice - just the beans. It looks really tasty - and more so now that I realize that is rice.