To honor Jason and the Argonauts and seasonal eats, here’s a briam — a Greek casserole of seasonal summer veggies. Many traditional recipes are oil guzzlers (fancy that). This has less oil but loads of flavor from the veggies themselves, and the produce and time does the work for you. Crusty on top, juicy on the bottom, it’s good over brown rice, quinoa or with crusty bread for soaking up sauce. Serve with a Greek—or any—salad.
This delicious classic requires 30 to 40 minutes of hands-on time, plus about an equal amount of baking. So, while it may not qualify as a quick dish to make when you come home from work, it’s a comforting weekend meal. It’s substantial and filling, though my family rarely leaves leftovers.
This luscious one-dish meal and its accompanying photo were contributed by Ellen Kanner. Serve with black beans and a green salad for a hearty winter meal. more→
This rich combination of white and sweet potatoes, subtly sweetened with apple, is perfectly suited your major comfort food cravings of the cool season. This is one of my favorite comfort food recipes (which was titled Les Trois Pommes), updated, from Vegetariana. more→
Chilaquiles is a classic Southwestern casserole that layers soft corn tortillas with beans and cheese. The lively flavors make for a nice change-of-pace holiday main dish, but this is also easy enough to make for weeknight meals. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. more→
I’ve long enjoyed making and serving bread puddings, which offer a great way to use up the last few pieces of bread in a loaf and vegetables that are getting a bit tired. This is sort of a cousin to baked stuffings, but with more emphasis on the vegetables than the bread. Are yougluten-free? Make this using gluten-free bread. more→
In this age of hurried meals, when even the most avid cooks crave a degree of convenience, casseroles can seem like a charming anachronism. They bring to mind perfect 1950s moms, wearing aprons and pearl earrings. Yet, there is irresistible comfort in a heartwarming casserole, and the entire enterprise can be brought up to date with contemporary ingredients and fresh produce. Here’s a vegan version of an old-fashioned casserole. more→