Cheesy Brown Rice Casserole with Kale is the perfect meatless comfort food that's also super versatile! Vary the grains and vary the greens!
The inspiration behind this recipe:
If you're getting back in the swing of things after the holiday season, here's something that tastes good anytime: Cheesy Brown Rice Cheddar Kale Casserole.
I had brown rice left from my Spicy Asian Pork Cabbage Rolls and kale that was crying out to get used. Because we're both cheeseheads from Wisconsin, we ALWAYS have a wide variety of cheese in our house.
We generally only buy grape or cherry tomatoes this time of year. However, the tomatoes I found weren't bad and they made a great topping for this casserole. Other tomatoes that are okay in the off-season are Campari or Roma (plum) tomatoes.
Tips for making Cheesy Brown Rice Casserole with Kale:
- Similar to my Grains and Greens Casserole, you can vary the grains and vary the greens. Quinoa or lentils will also work and spinach, Swiss chard or broccoli raab work well instead of kale.
- When I cook brown rice at home, I always cook extra so that I can freeze it and have it available when needed.
- My favorite way to cook brown rice is to get a large saucepan of water boiling, add some salt then the rice and simply boil it until it is tender—I don’t even measure.
- Drain thoroughly in a sieve and the result will be beautiful, fluffy brown rice.
That's it! Easy, cheesy, pleasey hearty vegetarian comfort food that you can also make ahead of time and bake at a later time.
For more great vegetarian casserole recipes, try my:
- Italian Summer Vegetable Casserole
- Grains and Greens Casserole
- Brown Rice and Summer Vegetable Casserole with Feta and Black Olives
- Southwestern Lentil and Brown Rice Bake
Cheesy Brown Rice Casserole with Kale
- 2 tablespoons canola oil plus more for oiling baking dish - plus more for oiling baking dish
- 1 small onion - finely chopped
- 4 cloves garlic - minced
- 1 large bunch kale - stems removed, coarsely chopped
- 3 cups cooked brown rice
- 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper - to taste
- 4 large eggs - beaten
- ½ cup milk
- 3 medium tomatoes - sliced to create 12 slices
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly oil a large baking dish such as a 13 x 9-inch pan.
- Heat oil in a large skillet or saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, reduce heat to medium and cook 7 to 8 minutes or until softened.
- Add the garlic and kale. Continue cooking, stirring often until the kale is wilted. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool.
- Add the brown rice and Cheddar cheese. Add salt and black pepper to taste. Stir in eggs and milk.
- Transfer mixture to the prepared baking dish and smooth the top. Top with sliced tomatoes.
- Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until set.
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Laura Wadman says
I made this for dinner tonight but I cut up some bacon and I used white rice...I guess I Americanized it...lol The only reason I changed it was because my husband is a meat eater and all I had was bacon and the only rice I had was white...it was delicious!
How is this vegan when it contains milk, eggs and cheese???
Dear LB, I never said this was "vegan." I said it was "meatless" and "vegetarian." Go back and read the post. There are varying degrees of "vegetarian." I'm well aware of the difference between a vegan and a vegetarian because I used to be a vegetarian. Here's an article you may want to read: https://vegetarian-nation.com/resources/common-questions/types-levels-vegetarian/
Mark L. says
I made this and it was awesome! It's a makes great vegetarian dinner. The only thing I did different was to add a can of kidney beans. It gave it nice color and boosted the protein. Thanks for a great recipe!
Love it! Thanks, Mark and so glad you enjoyed! It really is a great vegetarian casserole. I froze part of it and it worked out great.
I got so inspired by the dish that I made one right away.. albeit different. I had some leftover spinach and corn dish and I made a rice casserole with that! I skipped the eggs though as I wanted to keep it vegetarian.
Thanks for sharing.
Hi, Ashima, That sounds like a great spin on this dish. I love being able to use things up any possible way. Glad you enjoyed!
It turned out quite nice and I actually had to make one soon from scratch again 🙂