Need a quick, relatively healthy (and affordable) main dish or side dish to serve either your family or a crowd? A bean casserole is a great solution. Many of these meatless bean casseroles call for canned beans, making them super quick and easy for weeknight meals, and many of them call for fresh ingredients too, such as tomatoes. Browse through these vegetarian and vegan bean casseroles and add one to your weekly dinner meal plan.
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We love this vegetarian bean casserole because it feels like eating nachos for dinner, only much much healthier. The base of this meatless casserole dish is a blend of canned or leftover chili, hominy and pinto beans which are then mixed with green chiles and topped off with cheese and a light and crunchy tortilla chip topping. The whole family will love this meatless bean casserole.
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This easy chili and cornbread casserole is one of our most popular vegetarian casserole recipes, and with good reason—it's quick and easy to make, hearty enough for the main meal, and budget-friendly for those serving a large family. In this bean casserole recipe, a high-protein base of beans and vegetarian meat substitute is topped off with a satisfying cornbread topping which bakes right on top of the bean mix. Delicious!
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This tomato and bean casserole is a great way to get your family to eat their vegetables. It's a vegetarian and vegan recipe, with very little fat, making it a good one to keep and re-use. With beans and tomatoes as the main ingredient, it's really a full meal, but you could add some pan-fried vegetarian meat substitutes, perhaps a little ground beef substitute or even re-hydrated TVP if you're on a budget.
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For an easy entree casserole, try this quick and easy vegetarian baked pasta made with just five simple ingredients: pasta, marinara sauce, beans, cheese, and tomatoes. The recipe calls for kidney beans, but we think black beans would also be delicious in this baked pasta and bean casserole.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Most versions of the classic American green bean casserole served around the holidays are made with canned cream of mushroom soup or other heavy creamy sauces and are neither low in fat nor vegan. This lighter version is made with a low-fat dairy-free sauce, yet is still absolutely delicious. We like to enjoy green bean casseroles year-round. This recipe is also kid-tested and approved!
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Black beans, cheese, and corn are layered in between flour tortillas in this Mexican bean casserole. This is a great dinner recipe for families with kids or for people who like simple Mexican food recipes. With all the cheese, this isn't a bean casserole recipe that's particularly low in fat, but it is delicious.