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Favorite Vegetarian Casserole Recipes for Dinner

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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 of these easy vegetarian casserole recipes.

1. "Nacho" Chili Cheese Casserole Bake

This easy cassserole reminds me of nachos, since it's layered with tortilla or corn chips, beans and cheese. A bit of chiles 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.

2. Baked Vegan Quinoa Casserole with Spinach

Inspired by Southern-style baked macaroni and cheese casseroles, this quiona 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.

3. Black Bean Tortilla Casserole

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.

4. Quick and Easy Cheesy Pasta and Bean Casserole

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This vegetarian casserole 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. A main dish vegetarian casserole.

5. Macaroni and "Hamburger" Vegetarian Casserole

Lightly brown some veggie burgers or another vegetarian meat substitute, pop open a can of cheese soup and a can of tomatoes and you're almost ready to get this vegetarian "hamburger" casserole in the oven. Need it to be a bit more nutritious? Sneak in some diced vegetables, perhaps green peas. This vegetarian pasta casserole recipe is simple enough to make any night of the week. Eating vegan? Try this similar vegan macaroni and "cheese" casserole - perfect for your vegan kids!

6. Cabbage and Cheese Side Dish Casserole

My friend's very picky eleven year old loved this meatless cabbage and cheese casserole. He even took the leftovers to school in his lunch bag the next day, so I'm confident that since it can pass his taste test, this meatless side dish casserole will pass your family's taste test too. The 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!

7. Vegetarian Chili and Cornbread Casserole

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 corn bread, 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

8. Easy Tomato and Bean One Dish Casserole

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.

9. Easy Polenta and Cheese Casserole

Polenta, tomato sauce and cheese are the main ingredients in this baked vegetarian casserole dish.
A quick and easy complete vegetarian meal in one casserole dish, and made with just six ingredients. Whip up a side vegetable dish and perhaps a salad, and you've got yourself a complete dinner. I personally love the taste and texture of polenta and find it to be a nice addition to my usual repertoire of foods.

10. Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie

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. A reviewer gave this vegetarian shepherd's pie recipe 4 out of 5 stars and said, "This was quite good, consisting of vegetables we all like. I think this will become a staple comfort food with us." You could also try this vegetarian shepherd's pie with TVP for a more meat-like dish, or, try this vegetarian shepherd's pie with lentils

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