“Vegan casserole.” To some, that might sound slightly oxymoronic. I mean, doesn’t the word “casserole” immediately bring to mind an artery-clogging creation made with ground meat, salty condensed soup and liberally doused in greasy cheese? Those darlings of church potlucks and busy weeknight dinner tables have never been known for their health benefits, but just because you don’t meat or dairy products anymore, that doesn’t mean you can’t make a great vegan casserole. Here are a few recipes that prove that vegan casseroles can be just as easy and delicious as the ones Mom used to make.
1. This Mexican Lasagna from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen is everything a vegan casserole should be. It’s delicious comfort food, and there’s nothing in it that will scare away the meat eaters. Of course, you could always top it with some vegan cheese or non-dairy sour cream.
2. I’m a big fan of a good, old-fashioned pasta bake like this Baked Ziti from Vegan.com. You can toss in other veggies, but my favorite modification to this one is to swap out mushrooms for the tofu. When I do that, it’s my favorite quick weeknight vegan casserole.
3. On Christmas morning, my mom always made a breakfast casserole. It was full of eggs, sausage and cheese and certainly was NOT a vegan casserole. I suspected I would have to go without that tradition when I went vegan, but then I found this recipe for a Vegan Breakfast Casserole by Vegan Crunk.
4. If you’re a mushroom fan like I am, you’ll love this super simple vegan casserole recipe: Wild Rice and Mushroom Casserole by Hasta La Vegan. The ingredient list is short, and the recipe lends itself to a little experimentation. I added broccoli last time I made it, and it was even better.
5. Here’s the vegan version of your mom’s Chick’n and Rice Casserole. It’s total comfort food, just like a good casserole, even a good vegan casserole, should be.
6. This Black Bean and Rice Casserole from Livestrong.com is delicious, but it’s also just about the healthiest casserole I’ve ever eaten, at least when I resist the temptation to cover the whole thing with vegan cheese.
7. Okay, I’m not going to lie. Not all vegan casseroles are quick and easy. This Pumpkin Baked Ziti on SparkPeople republished from the Veganomicom cookbook requires that would make your own cashew-based ricotta first. It’s worth it, though. This is a vegan casserole worthy of a place at your next dinner party.
Once you’ve made a couple of these vegan casserole recipes, try improvising your own. Most follow an easy formula of carb + protein + veggie + sauce = YUM! Make your recipe, then share it with us here.