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  • Makes 11 cups

In this nourishing vegan casserole, potatoes, cauliflower, and a medley of other veggies are baked to tender perfection, soaking up deliciously spiced sauce in the process. Make this Indian-inspired dish as hot or mild as you like: You control the amount of cayenne in its homemade spice mix.

Easy vegan casserole with side of spices and herbs

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ⅛ to ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 lb. Yukon gold potatoes, cut into ¾-inch pieces
  • 4 cups small cauliflower florets
  • ½ cup thinly sliced carrot
  • 1 15-oz. can no-salt-added chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15-oz. can no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1 14.5-oz. can no-salt-added fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl stir together cumin, salt, ginger, turmeric, pepper, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°F. In a 6-qt. Dutch oven bring 10 cups of water to boiling. Stir in rice. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer 15 minutes. Stir in potatoes; simmer 10 minutes. Stir in cauliflower and carrot; simmer 2 minutes more. (Vegetables will still be crisp.) Drain and return to Dutch oven.
  3. Stir in the next four ingredients (through peas). Stir in spice mix. Spread into a 3-qt. rectangular baking dish. Bake, covered, 25 to 30 minutes or until heated through and vegetables are tender.
  4. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. If desired, top with cilantro.

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Tami2 months ago
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Kind of an awkward recipe but I followed the process and doubled the spices. Flavor was amazing and the dish was hearty, nourishing and satisfying. I baked in my dutch oven for 30 minutes and it was perfect

DSK3 months ago
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I put this together last night and refrigerated it overnight to bake this evening: 30 minutes covered + 20 minutes uncovered. As recommended by some of the comments I doubled the spices and added one 15 ounce can of light coconut milk. It was hearty and had a creamy mouth feel, good comfort food for a rainy cold day here. I served it with toasted naan. If I make this again I will make a half batch because this makes a huge amount of food (and I will be the only person in this household who will eat the leftovers).

Patty4 months ago
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We had this tonight and we all liked it very much. Will make it again. There was too much water in ours. It was very watery. Next time will use less water.
Did anyone else have this issue?

Peggy3 weeks ago
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Did you drain the water after cooking the veggies?

Jennifer4 months ago
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Has anyone cooked this in an instant pot?

Anja de Jong6 months ago
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I made this dish yesterday and we liked it very much. I didn’t put it in the oven but instead I let it in my Dutch oven for 10 more minutes and it was all tender and delicious!
Thank you from Anja from the Netherlands.

Dana7 months ago
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How many servings in this dish (all women)?

Sue8 months ago
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I used sweet potatoes instead of white and it was very good.

John Doyle8 months ago
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I made this dish, followed the instructions. the ingredients had the making of a great dish but I was very disjointed, it was very bland to me. sorry open to suggestions as the ingredients are great.

Michelle4 months ago
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I always double the spices in FOK recipes. That makes the whole difference in our family

jen dunn7 months ago
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hi! I added a can of lite coconut milk to the pot for the last twenty minutes. It really brought the flavors together and added a richness that otherwise was lacking.

Nicole9 months ago
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Could russet potatoes stand in for yellow potatoes? I have russets on hand at home.

Fay Klingler10 months ago
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I will make this again. I thought it was delicious and full of flavor. Thank you.

Joyce10 months ago
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This is the first “Forks and Knives” recipe that I have made. It tased good. I agree with another person’s review, I probaby baked this about 45 minuts total and I precooked the rice.

Christine10 months ago
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Good meal with an interesting combination of ingredients. It sounded to me like a lot of work but the way the recipe is broken up into steps, while you’re cooking one thing you have time to ready the next step so assembly goes quickly. I cooked it for an additional 20 minutes only because I wanted to delay dinner and it was perfect. We found the cilantro to be very complimentary

J11 months ago
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Is the rice cooked or uncooked? And when is it added?

Aimee B.11 months ago
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The rice is uncooked. It’s added in step 2. Here’s part of it. Hope that helps.
“In a 6-qt. Dutch oven bring 10 cups of water to boiling. Stir in rice. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer 15 minutes.”

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Carla Christian, RD, LD, received her associate’s degree in culinary arts from The Culinary Institute of America in 2006 and her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Michigan State University in 2009. She finished her dietetic internship from The University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2010 and is a former chef in the Better Homes and Gardens® Test Kitchen. Photo by Jason Donnelly

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