Vegan Enchilada Casserole

FullSizeRenderIt’s just a few days after Christmas and we are finally running out of leftovers. Tonight we had a guest for dinner, so it was time to do something more than recycle (though I did make a big pan of a non-vegan item yesterday). So, with the knowledge that we had recently had Chinese, “American,” and Italian, but that a guest seemed to call for a little more than nachos, I decided on enchilada casseroles.

As we have a mixed diet family, we actually made two of these. One contained dairy cheese and other non-vegan things. But, the vegan version contained:

Ingredients

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2 cans black beans
1 zucchini – diced finely
1 onion – diced finely
2 cans Rotel tomatoes – pulsed in blender
1 tsp chili powder
1 T cumin
Sea salt
1 pack Daiya shreds

Process

Preheat oven to 375*

Mix black beans, zucchini, onion, chili powder, cumin, and sea salt. Set aside.

Spray the bottom of a casserole dish with non-stick spray. I used a 13X9 pan. Place 1 layer of tortillas in the pan, overlapping to cover the bottom. This took 6 per layer in my pan. Spoon in the bean and veggie filling in a layer to cover the tortillas. Add a healthy sprinkle of Daiya. *Apply another layer of tortillas. Spoon on a thin layer of Rotel sauce. Add another layer of beans and veggie and then soy cheese. Repeat process from * one time. For the final layer, add tortillas, tomato sauce, and Daiya only.

Spray a piece of foil with non-stick spray and cover the casserole. Cook for 30-40 minutes with foil on.

Remove foil and continue cooking until heated through and cheese is basically melted (as melted as Daiya gets) and then remove from oven.

Allow to sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Serve with sour cream, hot sauce, and avocado slices.

Vegan Mexican Lasagna – Oh, Yes, You Want This!

If I was doing my job, there would be avocado and lime slices on this plate!

If I was doing my job, there would be avocado and lime slices on this plate!

Once in a while, I make lasagna. Typically, it’s the standard veggie lasagna (with crumbled tofu instead of ricotta), but I often have leftover noodles that I really must use. Well, not must, but I want to. When that happens, I turn to Mexican Lasagna, because of its ease and deliciousness.

Right now, because I’m working on freezer meals and we recently had regular lasagna, it occurred to me to just make a few Mexican lasagnas and store some for later and have one now. I made one that was vegetarian and one that was vegan. The only difference is the type of cheese used, so modify at will.

Ingredients

½ lb dried pinto beans, soaked and cooked or 3-4 cans of pinto beans, drained
1 jalapeño or ¼ cup of pickled slices
1 onion diced
1 stalk celery diced
2 teaspoons cumin
½ teaspoon chili powder
⅓ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon salt
9-12 lasagna noodles, cooked al dente
1 large can diced tomatoes
2-3 cups of chunky salsa
Faux or cheddar cheese

Process

Cook beans with onions, celery, peppers, and spices. Mix salsa and tomatoes and set aside to chill. When vegetables in beans are soft, blend until fairly smooth.

In a baking pan, place one layer of noodles (usually 3). Smooth a layer of beans over noodles. Add dollops of tomato/salsa mix. Sprinkle on your cheese of choice. Repeat 2-3 more times for a total of 3-4 layers. End with your last layer of cheese.

Bake at 350* for 35 minutes. Set aside for 10 minutes and serve with avocado slices and vegan/reg sour cream.

Vegan Breakfast Casserole

Photo: Dave Irving

Flashback Friday for a Meatless Morning.

This is one of the most searched for posts on The VeganAsana, so it seemed like a perfect choice for Flashback Friday during VeganMofo.

We love breakfast casserole around the VeganAsana house. The omnis sometimes like theirs with some meat products, but are usually just as happy with a vegetarian version. For the rest of us, vegan is the way to go. We rarely get to have this for breakfast, due to the time needed for cooking, but it is a favorite dinner dish (and it pops up for special breakfasts, like on Christmas day). The “recipe” is pretty easy.

What follows is the amount that I make to fit in a large Pampered Chef casserole, so about the size that you would need for a 9×13 pan. This is enough for 4 of us to have a meal and have leftovers (that I hide in the fridge so that I can take them to school for lunch). Halve the recipe for a smaller group. You can certainly substitute the prepared potatoes with your own shredded fresh potatoes!

Breakfast Casserole

2 blocks extra firm tofu, drained
1 “roll” lightlife faux sausage (optional)
1 package frozen hash browns or tater tots
1 medium onion, diced
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 t turmeric
1/2 t cumin
1/2 t sea salt (ground fine)
olive oil
daiya or other cheese

Cover the bottom of a frying pan with olive oil and add onion. Saute until soft. Add faux sausage and brown, chopping into small bits while cooking.

Place tofu in food processor or blender. Pulse until fully broken up and starting to get mushy, but not until liquified. Gently fold in nutritional yeast, turmeric, cumin, and salt. If you over blend, don’t worry about it. It will take longer for the tofu to firm up, but eventually it will.  If your tofu seems overly dry, you may want to add a little soy milk when you fold in the spices. This will help make the potatoes nice and tender.

Cover the bottom of a casserole pan with parchment paper. Add hash browns or tater tots (yep, tots). Sprinkle fauxsage evenly across surface. Add tofu mixture and spread evenly.

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Cover with foil and cook at 350* until heated through and the tofu has begun to firm back up. Add Daiya (optional) and continue to bake until tofu is firm and Daiya is melted.

Remove from oven and allow to settle (covered) for 10-15 minutes before serving. Serve with hot sauce, if desired.

YUMMY!