Double-Squash Basmati Gratin

Beau Gustafson

Basmati rice and feta cheese distinguish this updated squash-rice casserole from its classic counterpart. Serve with roasted chicken or grilled chicken breasts.

Yield: 9 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 251
  • Calories from fat: 29%
  • Fat: 8.1g
  • Saturated fat: 4.7g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.5g
  • Protein: 11g
  • Carbohydrate: 34.1g
  • Fiber: 2.4g
  • Cholesterol: 25mg
  • Iron: 2.1mg
  • Sodium: 656mg
  • Calcium: 246mg

Ingredients

  • 4 cups zucchini, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced (about 1 1/4 pounds)
  • 4 cups yellow squash, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced (about 1 1/4 pounds)
  • 2 cups thinly sliced leek (about 2 large)
  • 1/4 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 2/3 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 3 cups cooked basmati rice
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbed feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
  • Cooking spray
  • 25 onion or garlic melba snack crackers
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Combine zucchini, squash, leek, broth, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and garlic in a Dutch oven. Cover and cook over medium-high heat 20 minutes or until squash is very tender, stirring occasionally. Uncover and remove from heat; cool slightly.
  3. Combine remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper, sour cream, milk, and egg whites in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add squash mixture, basmati rice, cheeses, parsley, and oregano; stir well to combine. Pour mixture into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  4. Place crackers in a food processor; process until coarsely ground. Drizzle with butter; pulse 3 times or until moist. Sprinkle cracker crumb mixture evenly over rice mixture. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until browned on top and bubbly around edges. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
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