Vegetarian casseroles are great for dinner on busy nights. The dog is barking, the kids are screaming and dinner still isn't ready. Sound familiar? Time to try some of these easy one-dish vegetarian casserole recipes. Just turn on the oven, put a few ingredients into a casserole dish and set the timer. Vegetarian and vegan casseroles can be either a main dish or a side dish, depending on the recipe and the size of your appetite. If you're not sure what's for dinner tonight, try one... of these easy vegetarian casserole recipes.
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With beans and mock meat for plenty of protein, this easy vegetarian and vegan chili casserole can be prepared in just a few minutes. If you like cornbread, you'll like this recipe. You could also make this chili casserole using leftover homemade chili or canned vegetarian chili. if you like this recipe, you might also want to try this similar recipe for vegetarian chili and polenta casserole
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This vegetarian casserole with pasta, tomatoes, and beans is a great way to use up any leftover cooked pasta you have lying around. Just "dump" a few ingredients into a dish and bake. Although you do have to cook the pasta beforehand, this vegetarian pasta casserole only has five ingredients, so it really can be a time saver on a busy night (and a great way to use up leftover cooked pasta). A main dish vegetarian casserole.
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Inspired by Southern-style baked macaroni and cheese casseroles, this quinoa casserole is made with a vegan "cheese" sauce and plenty of fresh spinach, topped off with seasoned breadcrumbs and baked to healthy perfection. Isn't it beautiful? If you need this recipe to be gluten-free, use cornstarch or a gluten-free flour in place of the regular flour, since all of the other ingredients are wheat- and gluten-free. If you like vegetarian quinoa casseroles, you might also want to try... this vegetarian quinoa and two-cheese vegetable casserole.
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I call it an "enchilada casserole", but I've also seen it called a tortilla pie. Either way, this meatless Mexican casserole is filled with black beans and cheese layered in between corn tortillas with salsa, tomatoes and black olives, and, since you can get it in the oven in less than 20 minutes, it's great for a weeknight family meal. Just add a side green salad and you're good to go!Continue to 5 of 16 below.
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This easy casserole reminds me of nachos since it's layered with tortilla or corn chips, beans, and cheese. A bit of chile and hominy round it out with some fiber, and sauteed onions add extra flavor. Each time I make this, I'm tempted to sneak in more vegetables, perhaps some tomatoes or spinach. But then again, this simple baked bean casserole is just about perfect, just the way it is. Use a vegan cheese substitute to keep this recipe dairy-free, or, add extra cheese and go easy on the... chiles if you're cooking for kids.
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Macaroni and "Hamburger" Vegetarian Casserole
Lightly brown some veggie burgers or another vegetarian meat substitute, pop open a can of cheese soup and a can of tomatoes and you're almost ready to get this vegetarian "hamburger" casserole in the oven. Need it to be a bit more nutritious? Sneak in some diced vegetables, perhaps green peas. This vegetarian pasta casserole recipe is simple enough to make any night of the week. Eating vegan? Try this similar vegan macaroni and "cheese" casserole - perfect for your vegan... kids!
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My friend's very picky eleven year old loved this meatless cabbage and cheese casserole. He even took the leftovers to school in his lunch bag the next day, so I'm confident that since it can pass his taste test, this meatless side dish casserole will pass your family's taste test too. The recipe calls for cabbage baked with cheese and a simple breadcrumb topping. It sounds simple - and it is - but the end result is absolutely delicious. Just tell your kids it's like macaroni and... cheese, but with cabbage instead of pasta!Continue to 9 of 16 below.
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Shepherd's pie is a casserole dish traditionally made from meat and mashed potatoes, but this vegetarian recipe uses lots of healthy vegetables instead of meat. The recipe also includes vegan substitutions, so you can still make this shepherd's pie if you need a vegan recipe. A reviewer gave this vegetarian shepherd's pie recipe 4 out of 5 stars and said, "This was quite good, consisting of vegetables we all like. I think this will become a staple comfort food with us." You... could also try this vegetarian shepherd's pie with TVP for a more meat-like dish, or, try this vegetarian shepherd's pie with lentils
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Who says you can't have breakfast for dinner? You're an adult, you make your own rules now! Here's a vegetarian breakfast casserole perfect for a vegetarian weeknight or weekend dinner (or breakfast or brunch, too, of course), made from eggs, bread, milk, vegetarian sausage, mushrooms, onions, and cheese. I call it a "French toast casserole" but it also reminds me of egg strata, if you're old enough or wise enough to remember when egg strata were all the rage.
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This is a super-easy vegetarian casserole made from just six ingredients plus salt and pepper. It's not quite hearty enough for a full meal, but if you added some sauteed tofu or served it with a vegetable side dish and a salad, it would make a nice light meatless meal.
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Easy Polenta and Cheese Casserole
A quick and easy complete vegetarian meal in one casserole dish, and made with just six ingredients. Whip up a side vegetable dish and perhaps a salad, and you've got yourself a complete dinner. I personally love the taste and texture of polenta and find it to be a nice addition to my usual repertoire of foods.Continue to 13 of 16 below.
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If you can't get your family to eat their spinach, try this creamy, cheesy and vegetarian crock pot spinach casserole recipe with lots of ricotta cheese. If you want to turn this vegetarian vegetable casserole into a main dish, add in some fried tofu.
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Egg casserole is a popular brunch or buffet breakfast dish, and this vegetarian breakfast casserole recipe retains all the traditional flavors and textures by using a vegetarian sausage substitute. This is a great recipe to start your day with an extra protein boost at 21 grams of protein per serving. If you need a vegetarian breakfast or brunch casserole recipe, this is the one to try.
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Green bean casserole was always a Thanksgiving staple at my house growing up. You can try this easy crock pot green bean casserole recipe, which uses pre-made soup and is ready to cook in your crock pot in just a few minutes, or, for a dairy-free and egg-free vegan version, try this recipe for vegan green bean casserole, which uses vegan margarine and nutritional yeast to create a rich and creamy sauce.
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Looking for more healthy vegetarian recipes? Scroll through this complete collection of meatless eating everything from meatless breakfast ideas to exotic Asian curries and all-American vegetarian favorites. If you like vegetarian food, this is the only recipe collection you'll ever need.
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