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Gloria and Adam’s Prize-Winning Vegan Mac & Cheese Collard Green Bake

Mac and cheese casserole with collard greens

Mac and cheese casserole with collard greens

My name is Gloria Clay, and I won Vegan Outreach Mac Down Competition in Columbia SC. I was the only person who isn’t chef or an owner of a food truck or restaurant. I’ve never gone to culinary school, so I was surprised and thrilled to win the competition with my original Vegan Mac and Cheese Casserole with a healthy dose of collard greens, and topped with tempeh bacon.

I entered the competition to bring awareness to cruelty free eating and to let people know that they can still enjoy their favorite comfort foods without the use of animal products. Continue Reading…

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Baked butternut vegan mac n cheese

Everyone has a favorite mac and cheese recipe. This butternut squash mac and cheese, which uses sweet, creamy butternut squash in the sauce, is mine. To create an authentic cheese flavor, I use a combination of nutritional yeast, miso, smoked paprika, salt, and lemon juice. I highly recommend including the optional vegetables. In addition to providing some contrasting color and texture, they’ll round out the meal, so you won’t have to worry about making an extra side dish. Reprinted with permission from Food52 Vegan by Gena Hamshaw © 2015, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Photographs copyright © 2015 by James Ransom. Continue Reading…

Baked Farro with Tomatoes & Herbs

Baked Farro with Tomatoes & Herbs

Rich and cheesy tasting without a lick of cheese (and with plenty of nutritional yeast), this comforting and easy tomato and herb-drenched baked farro casserole may bump your favorite pasta bake down a notch or two. Farro is a rustic, chewy variety of whole-kernel wheat rich in protein and fiber, and usually stocked in nice groceries with other heirloom grains, such as quinoa, or look wherever Mediterranean pastas and rices are sold.

Recipe and photos from Veganomicon, 10th Anniversary Edition: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero, © 2017. Available from Da Capo Lifelong Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc. Reprinted by permission. Continue Reading…

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. We like to take them out of the tins they come in, and place them in a similar-sized pie pan. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook by Nava Atlas. This recipe makes two pies, for at least 12 servings. For a smaller crowd, to make one pie, halve the recipe. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky

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Stout, Seitan, and Cabbage Casserole

Stout, Seitan, and Cabbage Casserole

Despite being part Irish, my family never really did anything to celebrate St. Patty’s day while growing up. There was no Irish soda bread, no corned beef and cabbage, no colcannon. Since it’s turned into a bit of a foodie holiday, I wanted to make something to celebrate my Irish heritage a few years ago, but there were no family recipes to veganize.

I came across an interesting dish in an issue of Better Homes and Gardens, and it seemed perfect for converting. This cabbage casserole has become a St. Patrick’s Day favorite in my house, but of course, it’s perfect for dinner any day of the year. Continue Reading…

12 Comforting & Easy Vegan Casseroles

butternut squash and pasta casserole

Vegan casseroles are always comforting, and it’s nice to know that they’re also good for you, not starchy and heavy like the old-fashioned kind. Choose from these vegan casserole recipes whenever you need a hearty dose of comfort food without the guilt!

Creamy Pasta and Butternut Squash Casserole (at top) will remind you of macaroni and cheese. There’s no cheese here, just a delectable combo of smooth butternut squash, nutritional yeast, and silken tofu. The crowning touch is plenty of roasted butternut dice to top it off..


vegan shepherds pie
There are no words to describe this Mushroom & Cauliflower Vegan Shepherd’s Pie, one of our readers all-time favorites from our sister site Delicious Everyday, other than as a deep dish of absolute comfort. It’s a bit of a project, but not difficult, and definitely worth it for a special occasion meal. 

Black bean and zucchini tortilla casserole chilaquiles recipe
Black Bean and Zucchini Tortilla Casserole
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 Chilaquiles, is a classic Southwestern casserole that layers soft corn tortillas with beans and cheese (vegan, in this case) The lively flavors make for a change-of-pace holiday main dish that’s easy enough to make for weeknight meals.

Quinoa, Broccoli, and Vegan Cheese casserole

Quinoa, Broccoli, and Vegan Cheese Casserole makes for a dish that’s both nourishing and comforting. Serve with baked sweet potatoes and a salad of dark greens and ripe tomatoes.

vegan noodle kugel recipe

Vegan Noodle Kugel; photo by Hannah Kaminsky

Vegan Noodle Kugel is a Jewish classic, always welcome at holiday celebrations. but there’s no reason not to make it any time you need some mildly sweet comfort.

Sweet Potato Mac n Cheese, photo by Sophia Zergiotis

Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese, recipe and photo by Sophia Zergiotis

Roasted Sweet Potato 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.

Polenta Zucchini casserole

This easy Baked Polenta Casserole with Zucchini & Spinach uses prepared polenta (the kind that comes in a tube) layered with zucchini and spinach. Smothered in marinara sauce and topped with melty vegan cheese, it’s almost so embarrassingly easy to make, but such a crowd-pleaser.

Roasted Veggie Quinoa Casserole

The quinoa and black beans in this dish are high in protein, making this colorful Roasted Veggie and Quinoa Casserole a hearty one-dish meal. It’s very budget-friendly, too.

Vegan Cornbread Stuffing

Cornbread is only as good as it is fresh; and when it’s past that point, I like to make Vegan Cornbread Stuffing as a casserole. Of course, if you don’t happen to have half a pan of leftover cornbread on hand, use a prepared cornbread.

Super-Easy Tortilla Casserole recipe

Super-Easy Tortilla Casserole is our favorite for when you’re in a hurry, filled with southwestern flavors. It involves throwing together a lot of convenient ingredients like canned beans and tomatoes, and frozen corn, but it’s unbelievably good when you need an emergency dinner.

Vegan Green bean casserole

Vegan Green Bean Casserole is an update of a  winter holiday favorite, especially if you’re planning a plant-basedThanksgiving. this one gets its creaminess from pureed white beans or silken tofu. Sautéed onions, crisped up with a lightly floured coating, make a yummy topping along with breadcrumbs.

Maple Baked Beans with Cornbread But I Could Never Go Vegan by Kristy Turner

Maple Baked Beans and Cornbread Casserole by Kristy Turner has “cozy” written all over it. It’s a great choice for a vegan Thanksgiving main dish, or a special cold weather weekend meal for company.

See lots more comforting and tasty Contemporary Casseroles here on VegKitchen.

Baked Polenta Casserole with Zucchini & Spinach

Polenta Zucchini casserole

This easy baked polenta casserole uses prepared polenta (the kind that comes in a tube) layered with zucchini and spinach. Smothered in marinara sauce and topped with melty vegan cheese, it’s almost so embarrassingly easy to make, but such a crowd-pleaser. Use a really flavorful prepared marinara—roasted tomato, garlic, mushroom, or chunky vegetable. Adapted from Vegan Express by Nava Atlas. Continue Reading…

Creamy Pasta and Butternut Squash Casserole

butternut squash and pasta casserole

This simple and comforting vegan casserole will remind you of macaroni and cheese. There’s no cheese here, just a delectable combo of smooth butternut squash, nutritional yeast, and silken tofu. The crowning touch is plenty of roasted butternut dice to top it off. To make this, pre-bake the butternut squash until the wide part with the seeds can be easily pierced, and the narrow part can be pierced with some resistance. For some tips, see How to Cut a Butternut Squash Without Losing Your Mind. Photos by Evan Atlas. Continue Reading…

Maple-Baked Beans and Cornbread Casserole

Maple Baked Beans with Cornbread Topping But I Could Never Go Vegan by Kristy Turner

Take this casserole of smoky, barbecue-y, maple-y beans baked with a layer of cornbread on top. Now imagine digging into a bowlful while sitting at a table with your loved ones, the sound of familiar voices and laughter dancing in your ears. This casserole has “cozy” written all over it. It’s a great choice for a vegan Thanksgiving main dish, or a special cold weather weekend meal for company. Recipe from  But I Could Never Go Vegan!: 125 Recipes That Prove You Can Live Without Cheese, It’s Not All Rabbit Food, and Your Friends Will Still Come Over Dinner, © Kristy Turner, 2014. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Continue Reading…

Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Green bean casserole is a winter holiday favorite, especially if you’re planning a vegan Thanksgiving. Here’s an updated, veganized, and healthy version of this comfort food favorite. The original, vintage version uses canned cream of mushroom and (gasp!) canned fried onions; this one gets its creaminess from pureed white beans or silken tofu. Sautéed onions, crisped up with a lightly floured coating, make a yummy topping along with breadcrumbs.  Continue Reading…

Aloo Gobi (Gluten Free)

Cauliflower Aloo Gobi by Julie Hasson

This recipe is slightly adapted from a recipe by cookbook author Anupy Singla. I have always adored aloo gobi, and this version is pure deliciousness. It’s a one-pot wonder, with fragrantly spiced cauliflower, onions, tomatoes, and potatoes. Reprinted with permission from Vegan Casseroles* ©2014 by Julie Hasson, Running Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Continue Reading…

Classic Tofu Loaf

Tofu Loaf from The Lusty Vegan

This meal is perfect for those times you open up the fridge and the selection looks sparse. All you’ve got is a package of tofu and an abundance of condiments. The recipe may seem simple, but that’s exactly why it’s here. Every now and then you have to hit the easy button, and for a simple staple like this, you shouldn’t try and over-think it. If you have a package of tofu and you don’t want it to go bad, this will solve that problem and give you leftovers. (From The Lusty Vegan* © 2014 by Ayinde Howell and Zoe Eisenberg. Used by permission, Vegan Heritage Press.) Continue Reading…

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. Continue Reading…

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