Favorite Vegetarian Casserole Recipes for Dinner

Chili Casserole
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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...MORE of these easy vegetarian casserole recipes.

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    Chili and cornbread
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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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    Macaroni cheese with vegetables
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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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    quinoa 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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    enchilada dish
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    T​his 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!

     

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    Chili Casserole
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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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    Black Bean and Cheese Nachos in a Baking Dish
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    A layered vegetarian Mexican-inspired tortilla pie or Mexican casserole made with black beans, flour tortillas, corn, and lots of cheese. Like Mexican casseroles? This meatless layered enchilada casserole is another popular vegetarian casserole.

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    This 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!

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    Vegetarian shepherd's pie. Potatoes, lentils and seasonal garden vegetables casserole. Autumn vegetarian lunch
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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.

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    Savory Breakfast casserole
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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.

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    Delicious vegetarian lima bean casserole
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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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    Spinach casserole
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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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    Homemade Green Bean Casserole
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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.