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This Easy Vegan Broccoli Cheese Casserole is a comfort food favorite made into a healthy whole food plant based version your whole family will love!  It features pantry staples like brown rice, frozen broccoli, and the best oil free low fat cheese sauce.  It can be made gluten free.  #broccolicasserole #healthyveganrecipes #oilfree #WFPB #plantbased #vegan #glutenfree #veganbroccolicheesecasserole #easyplantbasedrecipes #eattoliverecipe #wholefoodplantbasedrecipe

Get ready for a favorite comfort food classic turned whole food plant based that will knock your socks off! I’m telling you your whole family will LOVE this Easy Vegan Broccoli Cheese Casserole! OMG SO GOOD!

Healthy Whole Food Plant Based Comfort Food Classic

This Vegan Broccoli Cheese Casserole is dairy free, oil free, and can be made gluten free as well. This is a filling dish that can be served all by itself or as the main dish or side dish.

It’s even great for the Holidays! Serve this at Thanksgiving or Christmas and you won’t have any leftovers left, so you better make double! 🙂

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Broccoli cheese sauce is loaded with veggies

These cheese sauce is one I’ve been tweaking for a while and I think it is the BEST you’ll try. You can use this low fat vegan cheese sauce for any other recipe and it even has hidden veggies in it – your non-veggie loving kids, grandkids, spouse, or friends will never know it’s got cauliflower & carrots in it!

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Easy Vegan Broccoli Cheese Casserole is super simple & easy to make

This simple recipe can be put together in just 15 minutes and then bake for 20, so it makes it great for a quick & filling meal any night of the week when you’re short on time.

Use Pantry & Freezer Staples to make this WFPB Broccoli Cheese & Rice Casserole

You can use all pantry & freezer staples to make this recipe so you can always have the ingredients on hand without worrying that they will go bad.

Staples like frozen steam bags of broccoli, cauliflower & carrots, brown rice, cashews, vegetable broth, nutritional yeast, whole wheat bread crumbs, and spices make up this recipe so it’s easy to whip up in a jiffy.

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Packed with nutrition for a complete meal

This casserole is loaded with 10 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, potassium, calcium, vitamin C, and tons of vitamin A per serving. The sodium is pretty close to that 1:1 ratio of sodium to calories, but you can make it even lower sodium if desired by leaving out the additional salt and/or whole wheat bread crumbs which also add some sodium.

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Easy Vegan Broccoli Cheese Casserole

This classic comfort food casserole is made into a healthy whole food plant based dairy free & oil free version for a guilt-free meal that will delight your whole family!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Keyword: casserole, comfort food, gluten free option, oil free, whole food plant based
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 248kcal
Author: Kim Murphy

Ingredients

Casserole

  • 3 cups brown rice, cooked
  • 8 cups broccoli florets fresh or frozen

Cheese Sauce

  • 2 cups cauliflower florets fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup cashews, unsalted (soak for 5 min in hot water if you don't have a high powered blender)
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled & sliced (or use 1 cup from a frozen steam bag)
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth low sodium
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt optional

Optional Topping

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. If you need to cook your brown rice do this now (generally it takes 1 cup dry brown rice to yield 3 cups cooked brown rice, but can vary by variety)
  • Steam your cauliflower florets. I like to use the frozen steam bags or you can place cauliflower in a microwave safe dish, add 1-2 tablespoons of water, cover, and cook on high for 3-4 minutes until tender.
  • Add the carrot slices to a small pot of water on the stove & bring to a boil. Boil for about 5-6 minutes or until carrot is fork tender.
  • Steam your broccoli florets. I like to use the frozen steam bags or you can place broccoli in a microwave safe dish, add 1-2 tablespoons of water, cover, and cook on high for 5 minutes until tender.
  • Add all your cheese sauce ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until smooth & creamy. (if you don't have a high powered blender, be sure you soak your cashews in warm water for 5 min, then drain prior to adding to blender)

Assemble the casserole

  • Mix together the whole wheat bread crumbs & 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast in a bowl & set aside. (if using)
  • In a 9X12 or 10X13 baking dish, add the cooked brown rice & steamed broccoli. Cover with cheese sauce & mix together to combine well. If using the whole wheat bread crumbs mixture, sprinkle on top.
  • Bake uncovered for 20 minutes. If you want your topping more browned, broil for 2 min.
  • Let cool for about 5 minutes, then serve! Store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to a week.

Notes

To make this nut free, sub white beans or potatoes instead of cashews.
To make this gluten free, leave off the whole wheat bread crumbs.  You can still sprinkle some extra nutritional yeast on top for the topping.
For a lower sodium version, don’t use the added salt or whole wheat bread crumbs, which add sodium.
This casserole can be frozen for up to about a month to avoid freezer burn.  When ready to reheat, let thaw in refrigerator overnight, then cook for 20-30 minutes in the oven at 350°F or until heated through.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 305mg | Potassium: 598mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1935IU | Vitamin C: 96mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 3mg

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