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Walnut-Cheddar Casserole

Walnut-Cheddar Casserole

This cookbook is the wave of the future for sustainable cooking–and the recipes are top-notch. This protein-rich and easy-to-make casserole is the perfect example: Easy on the planet, your wallet, and your health.

Try this robust blend of rice, onions, and walnuts topped with a savory cheese sauce. It makes such comforting cool-weather fare:

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups chopped onions
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 large eggs, beaten
Sea salt to taste
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1 1/4 cups cooked brown rice

Cheese Sauce
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup vegetable stock
1 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Oil a loaf pan (8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 3/4-inch).

2. In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and saute, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes, until translucent. Add remaining casserole ingredients and transfer to prepared loaf pan. Bake 30 minutes until slightly browned and firm.

3. Meanwhile, melt the butter over medium heat in a medium skillet. Stir in the flour and cook this roux for about 1 1/2 minutes, stirring.

4. Add stock and milk and stir thoroughly to combine. Add cheese and allow to simmer until thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

5. Serve each portion of casserole with a generous dollop of cheese sauce.

Serves 4 – 6.

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Inspired by Grub, by Anna Lappe and Bryant Terry (Tarcher-Penguin, 2006).

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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4:12PM PST on Feb 28, 2013

This looks pretty good. I saved it to my Recipe Files-Vegetarian.

12:37AM PST on Jan 28, 2012

Thanks for the article.

5:10PM PST on Jan 14, 2012

Interesting recipe, not sure what it would taste like!

8:53AM PDT on Jul 23, 2007

This is really delicious...a favorite!

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