Zucchini-Rice-Bean Casserole

 “I love meals like this . . . I could eat meals like this all the time . . . “ said a certain family member 🙂

 

1 c. uncooked whole grain rice
1 onion, chopped
3-4 c. zucchini, cubed
1 pint (2 cups) tomatoes
1/2 tsp. basil
2 c. shredded cheese
1 (15 oz) can of chick peas (or you may add kidney or cannelloni beans etc, but I wouldn’t risk it . . .chick peas are my favorite)
salt to taste
Cook rice according to package directions.
Saute onion and zucchini in a little olive oil until soft.
Add tomatoes, basil and salt. Cook for 15 min until liquid is reduced.
In a 3 quart casserole dish, layer:
1/3 cooked rice577
zucchini mixture
1/2 cheese
1/3 cooked rice
chick peas
1/3 cooked rice
remainder of the cheese
Cover casserole & bake @ 350 for 40 minutes.

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