an untraditional casserole.

 Remember casseroles from childhood? Whether you loved them or hated them, this alternative to mushy noodles, canned sauce, and ground meat is pretty darn delicious! A bed of quinoa takes over where crust or pasta might otherwise be; smooth bean-and-chard puree forms the quiche-like center, and roasted cauliflower adds texture and heartiness as a topping. Throw on a little vegan cheese and you're all set! Just like Grandma used to make... if Grandma was vegan and loved really simple recipes!

This is another quickie weeknight meal - whole-family suitable and really yummy! (Because really, there are some days where Daiya cheese is just the best idea... this is one of those days!)

cauliflower bake

 This casserole is a veritable explosion of plants. Adding quinoa and Daiya makes for a solid, hearty (perfectly wintery!) meal. 

When I started putting this together, I'd hoped the white beans and chard would form something of a cakey base: they were definitely a little on the smoother side, but the dense puree actually created a nice balance for the crunchy cauliflower! If you'd like yours to be a little more 'set', you could combine the quinoa directly into the mixture before baking. I intend to try this next time, as I'd love to create a base layer for other recipes, too, using beans, greens, and a grain. 

Casserole bonus: these don't need to be babysat! You can gain forty minutes in your night once you put this in the oven -- what will you do with all of that time? 

Enjoy!

 

cauliflower-chard white bean casserole
Serves 6
Remember casseroles from childhood? Whether you loved them or hated them, this alternative to mushy noodles, canned sauce, and ground meat is pretty darn delicious! A bed of quinoa takes over where crust or pasta might otherwise be; smooth bean-and-chard puree forms the quiche-like center, and roasted cauliflower adds texture and heartiness as a topping. Throw on a little vegan cheese and you're all set! Just like Grandma used to make... if Grandma was vegan and loved really simple recipes!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  2. 3 large chard leaves, largest part of the stem removed
  3. 2 cups cooked white beans, divided
  4. 3 tbsp olive oil, divided
  5. 2 tbsp dried basil
  6. 1 tsp sea salt
  7. 2 cups cauliflower, chopped into flat pieces (think 'slabs' instead of florets)
  8. 1/3 cup vegan cheddar cheese (we like Daiya)
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. 2. Lay cauliflower on foil-lined baking sheet and drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil.
  3. 3. Bake for 30 minutes, or until slightly browned.
  4. 4. In the meantime, combine chard, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 1/2 cups of beans, basil, and salt in food processor. Blend until smooth.
  5. 5. Layer quinoa in the bottom of a shallow cake pan or glass baking dish, then layer in your bean-chard mixture.
  6. 6. Top with remaining white beans.
  7. 7. When cauliflower is done, remove it from the oven, and place in a single layer on top of your beans-and-chard pan.
  8. 8. Sprinkle with vegan cheese and return to the oven for ~10 minutes, until heated through and cheese is melted.
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