Vegan Broccoli Casserole – Easy cheezy!
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Winter is dragging on and I think we’re all still in need of hearty, warming dinners like this vegan broccoli casserole, to tide us over until spring has sprung once more!
This is comfort food, but at its healthiest – a vegan casserole recipe that will fill your belly with wholesome yummy goodness.
Vegan broccoli casserole: our latest and greatest casserole recipe
Not wishing to brag or anything but we think our vegan broccoli casserole is pretty much the best vegan casserole out there.
Aside from being DELICIOUS, we are also proud to say that this is a very healthy broccoli casserole. The nutritional data speaks for itself.
1 serving contains: 23g protein and 16g fibre, only 7g sugar and 15g fat. All in a neat 516 calorie package, the perfect amount of calories for a light but filling meal!
With nutritional content like that, this casserole would fit perfectly into one of our FREE vegan meal plans!
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What tastes like cheese, but isn’t cheese? Find out now!
What do we replace cream and cheese with in our easy broccoli casserole you ask? The answer is as simple as the dish: nutritional yeast and low fat coconut milk!
If you haven’t met nutritional yeast yet, then you’re in for a treat. It’s a vegan’s BEST friend!
Nutritional yeast (or nooch, as it is sometimes affectionately known as) is made of deactivated yeast flakes with a cheesy nutty flavour. It is basically pure nutrients with a delicious flavour and next to no calories or fat.
Keen on quinoa
Another key play in this healthy broccoli bake recipe is quinoa (healthy vegetarian quinoa recipes are to die for!). Quinoa is a vegan’s OTHER best friend, as it is a plant-based source of complete protein, among many other health benefits.
A broccoli and quinoa casserole like this one wouldn’t be the same without it, as quinoa is what provides the bulk of those 15g protein!
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.
- In a medium sized casserole dish add coconut milk, cornstarch, nutritional yeast, garlic and onion powder, chilli flakes, salt, black pepper and stir until incorporated. Add uncooked quinoa, broccoli florets and cooked chickpeas. Mix and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.1 ½ cup low fat coconut milk, 2 tbsp cornstarch, 4 tbsp nutritional yeast, ½ tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp onion powder, ¼ tsp chili flakes, Salt and pepper to taste, 3 tbsp quinoa, 9 oz broccoli, 1 cup chickpeas, cooked
- Take the casserole out of the oven after 15 minutes of baking and mix everything together, distributing the ingredients homogeneously. It's likely the quinoa grains might be all in the bottom of the dish, we want to incorporate them to the rest of the casserole now that the liquid has thickened. Top the surface with panko and bake again for 10 minutes, or until the quinoa is fully cooked and the panko is golden brown.⅓ cup panko
- Serve casserole.