Rice and Bean Casserole
Creamy & "cheesy" rice and bean casserole which will satisfy your tastebuds. This easy mashed rice bake with beans, pumpkin, and vegan cheese is 100% plant-based, gluten-free, and made with simple ingredients. Easy step-by-step photos included!
2 cups ( 400 g) of cooked rice (*see notes) 1/2 tbsp oil or use water if oil-free 1 medium onion diced 4 garlic cloves minced 1 tsp onion powder 1 tsp paprika 3/4 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp oregano 1/3 tsp pink peppercorns (optional) Salt and pepper to taste 1 1/2 cups of ( 275 g) cooked beans rinsed and drained (*see notes) 3/4 cup of ( 130 g) corn fresh or canned (*see notes) 1 cup of ( 240 ml) dairy-free milk 1 1/2 cups of ( 225 g) finely chopped pumpkin (*see notes) 1 batch of ( 230 g) vegan cheese sauce or 8 oz of store-bought vegan cheese
Cook one cup of dry rice (185 g) of choice as per the instruction on the package. Meanwhile, prepare all other ingredients. Dice the onion, chop the pumpkin into small cubes, and mince the garlic. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Heat a little oil in a large pot over medium heat and add the onion. Sauté for about 3-5 minutes. Then add the garlic and all spices and sauté for a further minute. Turn off the heat. Add the cooked rice, corn, beans, and the plant-based milk to the pot. Mash the ingredients with a potato masher (see step-by-step pictures above in the blog post). Add finely chopped pumpkin and stir. Transfer the mixture into a baking pan/casserole dish. Mine measures 9"x6" (23 x 15 cm) but you can also use a . 8x8 pan Prepare the with 1 cup (240 ml) milk instead of 3/4 cup (180 ml) or use store-bought vegan cheese sauce (click for the recipe) . Add the vegan cheese sauce on top. vegan cheese Bake the casserole in the oven for about 25 minutes. Garnish with fresh herbs and serve hot! Enjoy!
Rice: 2 cups of cooked rice equals one cup of dry rice (185 g). You can use white rice, brown rice, Jasmine rice, Basmati rice, etc.
Beans: Use canned beans (one 15 oz can) or cooked from dry.
Corn: If you don't like corn, either use more beans or veggies of choice.
Pumpkin: You can use a carrot or other veggies of choice instead of pumpkin. Recipe serves 4. Nutrition facts are for one serving.
Rice and Bean Casserole
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.