Monday, November 3, 2014

Vegan Casseroles Giveaway!!

Julie Hasson has gone and done it again! The woman who gave us steamed vegan sausages, the first-ever vegan pizza cookbook, and vegan pot roast has written the first (and best!) tome about the ultimate comfort food — casseroles!

Y'all know this is right up my little Southern cookin' alley. I roll my eyes at pretentious, overly garnished meals that are more about plating than pleasing the palette. Fancy just isn't my style. But casseroles?! Yea, that's my language. That's the kind of good eatin' I grew up on. Needless to say, I was thrilled when Julie's Vegan Casseroles arrived in my mail.


Now the casseroles I grew up eating were the sort of throw-it-together meals made from condensed globs of mushroom soup and processed cheese food. And those things make for delicious casseroles, don't get me wrong. But Velvetta ain't vegan.

Because so many vegan convenience foods like that just don't exist (and wouldn't be healthy if they did), Julie makes her bases and sauces from scratch. There are recipes in the book for homemade Cream of Vegan Chicken  Soup, several gravies, and a cashew-nooch cheese sauce. And those are stirred into casseroles and baked in the oven. I had my little heart set on trying some casserole that called for her Almost Alfredo Sauce made with white wine. So I picked this Creamy Rice & Dill Casserole.


Sure, it's not so pretty. But are casseroles ever pretty? A pretty casserole probably doesn't taste very good. But this one tasted fantastic! A generous amount of cashew-white wine cheese sauce is mixed with brown rice, vegan chicken (I used Beyond Meat), fresh dill, and spinach. And then it's baked in the oven for a bit. The best part of any casserole are the crusty edges!


This casserole is so creamy, and I love that it's so full of healthy green goodness. I enjoyed this with a side of collard greens for extra alkaline fun.

Anyway, this is just the tip of the casserole iceberg. There are so many recipes I want to try! Nacho Mac Casserole (macaroni, nacho "cheese," tortilla chips!), Nacho Tots Casserole (yea, so I really like nachos), Baked Penne with Pumpkin Cream Sauce, Truffled Cauliflower Mac, Veggies & Dumplings, Pale Ale Stew (potatoes, beer, gravy).

And there are so many recipes that you'll want to try too! And you just might have a chance at winning one of five copies of Vegan Casseroles! The publisher is hosting a giveaway using Rafflecopter. The grand prize winner will receive a Breville Smart Oven, and five other winners will get Julie's book. The contest is being hosted by all the blogs on Julie's blog tour, rather than just on my blog alone. But your chances are still good! Give it a shot. The giveaway ends on November 12th.

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29 comments:

KateMcGrath said...

Penne with Pumpkin Cream Sauce sounds perfect for this weather!

Dana said...

Veggie and Dumplings sounds awesome!

Anonymous said...

I think it's actually kind of pretty!

Amey said...

i love seeing the different recipes that everyone has made! I've made 4-5 dishes so far and loved them all. I have so many more marked that I still want to try. That creamy alfredo sauce is SO good!

ieatmodestmouse said...

i love casseroles! what a great idea for a cookbook!

belinda1 said...

Just in time for the Thanksgiving feast. My oven doesn't work so this would be the most fantastic win ever, recipes for food that I can actually cook!
Belinda

Eva Nemec said...

I'm all about them crusty edges! I even purposely overcook my brownies to the edges get burnt. I know. I'm a disgrace.

Sheridan said...

I really need this cookbook!! And I think your casserole look fantastic!

Anonymous said...

I would love to try the Creamy Rice & Dill Casserole.

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Chris said...

Baked Penne with Pumpkin Cream Sauce seems like a good option for Thanksgiving

Renard Moreau said...

[ Smiles ] Bianca, you seem to have all the fun where vegan food is concerned.

By the way, I love your blog!

Marisa Rospos said...

Looks delicious!

Crissy said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Antionette said...

I would love to try the Creamy Rice and Dill casserole.

Natalie said...

Definitely the Nacho Mac Casserole!

Sherry Grant said...

I would love to try the Baked Penne with Pumpkin Cream Sauce

Dee Mz said...

Truffled Cauliflower Mac! It sounds so scrumptious ^^

Robyn said...

The nacho casseroles sound good and the veggie and dumplings. Thank you for the give away!

Annabella said...

Nacho Mac sounds awesome!

orazie denise said...

I enjoy your blog. I would like the veggie and dumpling

Tab said...

Maybe the veggie and dumpling?

Martha said...

Mmmm, rice and dill casserole?! GET IN MY MOUTH NOW!

Erica Jackson said...

I love Julie's books. I have (and use frequently) her Vegan Pizzas book and the Vegan Diner. All of those casseroles sound amazing!

Wendy said...

Love casseroles-one of my faves always was tuna noodle...I used to make it as a vegetarian without the tuna and added artichoke hearts instead, but as a vegan my attempts haven't been so great, so I'd love a replacement for cream of mushroom soup.

Anonymous said...

I've never actually had a casserole before. they were never a thing in my house. It would be a lot of fun to try.

harrypotter_rox (at) msn.com

Christina said...

Veggie and Dumplings sounds amazing!!

Carolyn Massey said...

I want to try the vegan almost Alfredo creamy casserole. All of these sounds good.

April Farley said...

There is a spinach souffle that has water chestnuts in it that I am crazy about . That would be the very fist thing I would put in this super cool oven!

saralynns2 said...

I would first try the Nacho Mac Casserole!

sara.drexler(at)mail.northcentral.edu