Contemporary Casseroles

Mediterranean Polenta Pie

Savory polenta pie by Robin Robertson

Artichoke hearts, tomato slices, bell pepper, and olives top this savory pie seasoned with basil and oregano. If you can find instant or quick-cooking polenta, you can decrease the preparation time significantly. From More Quick-Fix Veganby Robin Robertson reprinted by permission of Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC 2014.

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Roasted Sweet Potato Macaroni and “Cheese”

Sweet potato vegan mac n cheese1

This mac and cheese is 100% vegan and so healthy! The ‘cheese’ in this recipe is a combination of roasted sweet potato, mustard, and nutritional yeast. The result is a nostalgic mac and cheese with a grown up edge and a rich, creamy, and satisfying dish! This recipe utilizes gluten-free pasta, but if that’s not a concern for you, any whole-grain short chunky shaped pasta will work. Recipe and photos contributed by Sophia Zergiotis of Love and Lentils. more→

Vegan Cheddar and Broccoli Rice Casserole

broccoli and vegan cheddar rice casserole recipe

This is reminiscent of those old-fashioned casseroles you’d find in those spiral-bound community cookbooks. But hey, there’s a reason why these kinds of comfort casseroles are so popular. Now, with meltable non-dairy cheese, there’s a way to make them vegan. With plenty of broccoli and parsley along with brown rice, this is wholesome as well as somewhat addictive! Make sure to have your brown rice cooked ahead of time, and this whole enterprise becomes a snap. Since you have the oven going at 400º F., consider roasting a pan of root vegetables to go with this.

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Quinoa, Broccoli, and Vegan Cheese Casserole

Quinoa, Broccoli, and Vegan Cheese casserole

This easy casserole of quinoa, broccoli, and vegan cheese makes for a dish that’s both nourishing and comforting. Serve with baked sweet potatoes (start the sweet potatoes in the oven about 45 minutes before starting to bake the casserole) and a salad of dark greens and ripe tomatoes. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

Hearty Vegetable Pot Pie

Hearty vegetable pot pie

Everyone loves the nostalgic classic, vegetable pot pie. Many VegKitchen readers have let us know that this mild dish of hearty veggies enclosed in pie crust is on their regular cool-weather meal rotation; it’s also a crowd-pleasing vegan option for a Thanksgiving or Christmas menu. Using prepared whole-grain pie crusts makes pot pies a snap to prepare. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook by Nava Atlas. Photo credit: Sang An. This recipe makes two pies, for at least 12 servings. For a smaller crowd, to make one pie, halve the recipe.

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Silken Tofu or White Bean Scalloped Potatoes

Vegan Scalloped Potatoes

Here’s a deceptively rich-tasting version of scalloped potatoes. It’s made with a creamy sauce of silken tofu or white beans (canellini or Great Northern), minus the bother of making a flour-thickened white sauce. Simple and comforting, it’s a great Thanksgiving dish for the vegans in the family, especially if you have your potatoes prepared beforehand. Serve with a green veggie and colorful salad.  more→

Sweet Potato and Edamame Shepherd’s Pie

Sweet potato shepherd's pie recipe

This vegan sweet potato variation on shepherd’s pie makes a festive holiday centerpiece, especially for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Greens and edamame meld with mushrooms in the creamy sauce, creating a burst of flavor that’s both exciting and comforting. From Big Vegan: 350 Recipes. No Meat/No Dairy. All Delicious* by Robin Asbell.

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Sweet and White Potato Casserole with Apples

Sweet and White Potato casserole with apples

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. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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. 
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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→

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→

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