• Easy Greek Casserole

    December 15, 2009

    When I first started at NuVal, Melissa of A Better Bag of Groceries gave me a copy of Miss Conduct’s Easy Greek Casserole recipe, which sounded delicious and easy to make, but the recipe has since been hanging on my fridge. Tonight, however, I discovered that I had all of the ingredients called for, so I finally whipped up this recipe.

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    Ingredients:

    • 1-1.5 cups cooked brown rice or other whole grain (quinoa is good)
    • 1 T olive oil
    • 1 small onion
    • 1 bulb garlic, chopped, or one tablespoon minced garlic from a jar
    • 1 bag baby spinach
    • herbs
    • 1 pint grape tomatoes, sliced in half, or one can diced tomatoes
    • 1/4 to 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
    • 1/2 block firm tofu, drained & pressed
    • sliced black olives (optional)

    I basically followed the original recipe, but added mushrooms to the mix.

    Directions:

    • Cook brown rice or other grain as directed.
    • Preheat oven to 375 *F.

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    • Heat olive oil in skillet and add onion and garlic.
    • Wash the spinach and squeeze dry.
    • When the onion has become limp and tractable, add the spinach and whatever herbs you like. (Miss Conduct used dill, oregano, basil, and black pepper, but advises against adding salt since it’s already in the feta.) I also added 2 beaten eggs.

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    • While that cooks, spray an 8X8 pan with non-stick spray and spread the rice (or other grain) evenly across the bottom.
    • When the spinach mixture is jsut barely cooked, put that on top.

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    • Finally, put the tomatoes and sliced olives on top of that, cover in foil, and bake for about 20 minutes.

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    • Meanwhile, mix the tofu and feta together using a fork until it’s all crumbly.

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    • Remove the casserole from the oven and add the feta cheese and tofu topping.

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    • Return to oven and bake uncovered until topping browns– about 15 more minutes.

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    What an AWESOME recipe– flavorful, filling, and delicious! Even Mal loved it! :-D

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    (If you’re curious how this recipe scores on the NuVal scale, be sure to visit Trading Up Downtown tomorrow. ;-))

    Lunch

    Today, I ate lunch at my desk. I had leftovers from last night’s Pasta With Brie, Mushrooms, and Arugula.

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    And then a few chocolate Kisses.

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    And then some caramel-flavored cocoa. Mmmmm, chocolate!

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    Not pictured afternoon snacks include: toast with Barney Butter and more chocolate Kisses.

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    Katie December 15, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Tina, I’m new to your blog, but I love it. I’m trying to catch on older posts and your approach to food is just so healthy and inspirational. Thank you for sharing your life. This casserole looks really great. I love the concept and I’ll definitely be trying it out, but with a few ingredient swaps (wish I loved olives, but no can do!). Thanks again!

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    Madeline @ Greens and Jeans December 15, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    I am a fan of anything feta, so that casserole looks great!

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    Food Makes Fun Fuel December 15, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Ooo I’m a sucker for olives, haha

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite December 15, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Love the greek casserole! There’s one I’ve had before made with orzo pasta…

    Enjoy the rest of your evening!

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    Rachel in NC December 15, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Tina, is that supposed to be one CLOVE of garlic, or does it really call for a bulb? Just wondering because that seems kind of strong!

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    lily @ lily's health pad December 15, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    That casserole looks easy and yummy! My fave kind of meal.

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    Jenn December 15, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Haha I love your hot cocoa from…before 2006?

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    Tina December 15, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    @Rachel in NC: I think so? I linked to the original recipe.

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    Tina December 15, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    @Jenn: Omg. I didn’t even notice that! It tasted good, but that’s still pretty gross!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 15, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    This casserole sounds delish!!

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    Light Delight with TouTou December 15, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    oh very fulfilling dish !!! makes me hungry – off to cook!

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    Ashley December 15, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    The casserole sounds awesome — I’d just take out the mushrooms and black olives, which are two of my biggest “ick!!” foods.
    I just read the comment that the hot cocoa was way expired — all I noticed is how good it looked! Haha!

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    Anne P December 15, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Holy crap that sounds good. I will be making that soon :)

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    Jenna December 15, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Holy yum. What a delicious, healthy and hearty meal!

    Have you experienced the Candy Cane Hershey Kisses yet? They are amazing. You can’t stop at three even. Dangerous stuff.

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    Kelly December 15, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Gotta love the chocolate kisses, only about 75 calories in 3 of them =)

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    Sam (Merit to the Carrot) December 15, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    What a fantastic looking recipe! Such good ingredients.

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    Kel December 15, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Try your Greek casserole with bulgar too!

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    Kris (Oatmeal on the Rocks) December 15, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    YUM! What a great looking recipe. I’ll definitely be trying that out later this week with some bored looking quinoa I have in my cupboard. I think it would be great with artichoke hearts added in too…mmmm.

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    Chelsea December 15, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Yum. Kalamata olives would be a great sub!

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    Shannon (The Daily Balance) December 15, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    amazing looking casserole! Thanks for sharing!

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    Mrs.Ballou @ The Unlikely Success Story December 15, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    That looks fantastic! I am definitely going to make that soon! I am going to do a vegetarian day every week and that will work perfectly. :) Thank you for sharing!

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    Mara @ What's for Dinner? December 15, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Looks great Tina!

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    Jenna December 15, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    dinner looks fab!

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    Lynn (The Actors Diet) December 15, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    this dish looks great! i love casseroles.

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    Karla December 15, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Yum that looks so good! I might have to add it to try it out for my recipe challenge!

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    Lele December 16, 2009 at 12:31 am

    That Land O’ Lakes hot chocolate is my favorite beverage in the whole world. The raspberry is particularly unreal!

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    Lisa (bakebikeblog) December 16, 2009 at 4:11 am

    ooh that casserole looks fantastic – olives, feta, spinach and tofu – how can one go wrong?!

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    Kristen @ Change of Pace December 16, 2009 at 8:57 am

    The casserole looks so good and easy! Definitely will have to try it!

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    Janna (Just Flourishing) December 16, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Both the casserole and your pasta look so good! I want to make both! :)

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    Melissa December 16, 2009 at 11:21 am

    One of my favorite recipes of all time. When I heat this up in the microwave at work for lunch, everyone wants to know what it is! Miss Conduct (from Boston.com) has fabulous recipes. And her blog is a great read.

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    Tara December 17, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    I just did a project on Topco and NuVal and think they are great organizations. I especially love NuVal and can’t wait for it to take off!

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    Krista February 24, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I just made this last night and worried that my husband wouldn’t like the tofu. It turned out to be a HUGE hit and he asked me to buy more tofu!!

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    Michele Gold March 10, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I love the easy greek casserole! I make it all the time, but I skip the tofu. I think its very filling even without it. Thanks for showing us this recipe.

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