Mediterranean-Style Brown Rice Bake

3 cups cooked Hinode medium-grain brown rice
1 cup small artichoke hearts, quartered
1 cup asparagus pieces about 1″ long, blanched
½ cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, with oil
¼ cup diced roasted red pepper
6 ounces chèvre
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon black pepper

Preheat oven to 375º F. In a large mixing bowl, combine rice, artichokes, asparagus pieces, sun-dried tomatoes and roasted red pepper. Stir to combine. Cut off 4 ounces of the chèvre and break into ½”-sized pieces and add to the bowl. Add red wine vinegar, olive oil, parsley, salt and pepper and toss to combine.

Spread rice mixture into a 2-quart casserole dish. Dot the top with remaining chèvre. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until heated through and goat cheese begins to brown lightly.

Remove from oven. Serve warm.

Makes 6-8 servings.

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