Contemporary Casseroles

Lentil and Mushroom Shepherd’s Pie

Hearty lentil and mushroom shepherds pie

There are no words to describe this lentil and mushroom shepherd’s pie than as a deep dish of absolute comfort. It’s a bit of a project, but not at all difficult, and definitely worth it for a special occasion or holiday meal. It’s perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas! Recipe from Vegan Holiday Kitchen. Photos by Susan Voisin.  more→


Baked Risotto

Baked risotto with arugula recipe

Baked risotto, a creamy-textured rice dish, takes a bit more than an hour start to finish, but making it takes very little hands-on time. While it bakes, you just need to stir it every 15 minutes or so, instead of the traditional stovetop method of stirring practically constantly for quite some time. Arborio rice (available in the rice section of supermarkets and Italian groceries) isn’t a whole-grain rice, so it’s good to bolster this with lots of veggie additions, as suggested below the recipe. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. 


Potatoes with Tofu and Green Chilies

Potato and tofu with green chilies casserole

Here’s a casserole of potatoes and tofu, laced with green chilies —hot or mild, as you prefer. Both comforting and invigorating, this is good served with refried beans or other simple bean dish, and a colorful salad. more→


Baked Polenta, Zucchini, and Spinach Marinara

Polenta, Zucchini, and Spinach Marinara

This combination of prepared polenta, zucchini, and spinach, smothered in marinara sauce, is almost so embarrassingly easy, but it’s such a crowd-pleaser. Use a really flavorful prepared marinara—roasted tomato, garlic, mushroom, or chunky vegetable. Photos by Rachael Braun. more→


Vegan Creamy Enchilada Casserole

Vegan creamy enchilada casserole

Now you can have “the whole enchilada” without having to fill and roll individual tortillas, with this luscious creamy vegan enchilada casserole. While you’ve got the oven going at 400º F., roast some veggies as a side dish. A crisp green salad rounds the meal out nicely. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→


Mozzarella Mashed Potato Pie

Vegan mozzarella mashed potato pie

Here’s one of my earliest comfort food favorites, a casserole-like dish of mashed potatoes and melted cheese, now veganized, from Vegetariana. With Daiya or Follow Your Heart vegan cheeses, it’s just as good as any dairy version. more→


Scalloped Corn

scalloped corn recipe

Scalloped corn is a comforting casserole that features this all-American veggie topped with tasty bread crumbs. It’s good in cool-weather months using frozen corn, though it’s absolutely fantastic in late summer using fresh corn. Though kind of a simple and humble dish, it’s also welcome at the Thanksgiving table. Photos by Rachael Braun. more→


Baked Eggplant and Peppers

Baked eggplant and peppers

Eggplant and peppers, two companionable vegetables, are combined in a delicious casserole with a creamy, cheesy (vegan) topping. Serve with a simple grain or pasta dish (or serve over grains or pasta) and a colorful salad augmented by beans or chickpeas. more→