These hearty and delicious recipes don't skimp on the soul-warming power we have come to expect from traditional casseroles.
July 18, 2011
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Healthy Vegetarian Casseroles
Who says comfort food can't be vegetarian? These recipes give all of the delicious flavor found in the most divine casseroles, but keep within the perimeters of a vegetarian diet. By chosing ingredients wisely, you will be able to create delicious and filling casseroles that give the freshest ingredients a starring role.
Stratas are easy make-ahead dishes. The night before, assemble and layer the casserole without the egg mixture; cover and refrigerate. Combine the egg mixture, and refrigerate in a separate container. In the morning, pour the egg mixture over the bread mixture; allow the strata to stand for 30 minutes before baking.
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Inspired by the French classic potatoes dauphinoise, this dish is rich, gooey, and comforting.
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Cheese Pie with Peppers
In addition to feta, this Greek specialty traditionally uses kopanisti and graviera cheeses; this version uses more readily available cheddar and blue. Serve with a mixed greens salad for a light supper. Bell and jalapeño peppers offer sweetness and heat.
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You can assemble the spinach and cheese casserole in less than 10 minutes by using preshredded cheeses. Pair this dish with fresh berry salad and mini muffins for a lovely brunch.
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Butternut Squash and Parmesan Bread Pudding
A side of sautéed kale or mustard greens would provide a nice counterpoint to the sweet butternut squash in this savory vegetarian entrée.
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Look for veggie protein crumbles in the produce section, near the tofu. Zesty Mexican spices and flavorings sass up plain- (or original-) flavored crumbles.
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Swiss Chard Spanakopita Casserole
If you like the crispy individual phyllo-dough pastries of classic spanakopita, you'll love this quick-and-easy casserole version. Another interesting twist: Swiss chard in place of spinach.
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Cheesy Vegetable Moussaka
Broiling the eggplant coaxes out a deeper, more complex flavor. We like to keep the antioxidant-packed skin on, but feel free to peel the eggplant before broiling. You can garnish the dish with extra basil leaves.
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Creamy Artichoke and Asparagus Lasagna
Lemon rind brightens the sauce, making for a more delicate lasagna. To save salt, use frozen artichokes, which contain a quarter of the sodium of the canned variety that are usually packed in brine.