I had to go to the nearest whole foods (40 minutes away) just to find these dang wheat berries. And even the cashier didn’t know what they were!
But let me tell you, they were actually really good! It functions similarly to quinoa as a rice or pasta substitute. It had a nuttier flavor.
I really liked it in this dish mixed with all the veggies! The dressing also really tied everything together!
I’m ashamed to admit I had another doh! moment. My timer went off, I went to take the casserole out of the oven, noticed it wasn’t quite as hot and bubbly as I expected, and realized I turned the oven off at some point. Fail.
Not knowing exactly when I turned the oven off, I reheated it, and put the casserole in the oven for 15 minutes. Since the pasta and beef were already cooked, it turned out okay. Actually, delicious! I’ll never hate a dish that includes pasta sauce and copious amounts of cheese.
My husband got home late and devoured it almost as soon as he smelled it. Success!