Can you feel it in the air? The holiday season is rapidly approaching and we couldn’t be happier, because it means that we’re about to have good times with friends, family, and delicious food. If it’s your first Thanksgiving planning a plant-based meal or if you’re just looking for a show-stopping entrée that’ll really stand out on the dinner table, then look no further ’cause we’ve got plenty of recipes that’ll help you make this the best Thanksgiving ever.
Classic casseroles and pot pies may be made with ingredients like meat and dairy but truth is, you don’t need either to make a delicious, meaty dish or a delicious, buttery pie crust. Plus, they’re easy to make and we’re all about making the holiday season a little less stressful. So we browsed through the Food Monster App just for you to bring you these 25 recipes for meat-free casseroles and pot pies:
This comforting Mushroom and Celeriac Shepherd’s Pie is sure to be a crowdpleaser for the holidays. Celeriac, also known as celery root, takes the place of potatoes in the filling, and is paired with a medley of mushrooms and vegetables that are cooked in a thyme-fragranced white wine gravy, then topped with creamy sweet potato mash.
This classic French Rustic Cassoulet usually calls for an abundance of different types of meat, but this recipe shows that it’s easy to make plant-based. It’s a warm and comforting meal, full of seasonal vegetables and delicious smoked veggie sausage. Perfect for the holidays!
Thanks to an unexpected blend of ingredients, this Sweet Potato and Eggplant Casserole is the perfect blend of savory and sweet! Baked eggplant absorbs the rich tastes of tomato, chili, garlic, and spices to give delicious, intense flavor in every bite.
This rich and filling Savory Lentil Pie is the embodiment of comfort food. When the lentil, tomatoes, and onions and spices meld together, it cooks into a tender and deeply savory pie. Each bite is toothsome with a little crunch. The flaky crust is made with coconut oil and white whole wheat flour (spelt flour works excellently too), is speckled with hints of turmeric, garlic, and cumin.
Chicken divan is a casserole dish traditionally made with broccoli and a béchamel sauce that includes butter, cream, sherry, and cheese. Despite being so heavy in dairy, this classic recipe can easily be made vegan without sacrificing cheesy flavor or creamy texture! This Cheesy Veggie Divan is made with super good-for-you cannellini beans and red roasted peppers. Plus, carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli are all mixed in for some added nutritional value.
There’s nothing like a warm, bubbly tart to fill your belly. Having no crust, the creamy onion and mushroom filling in these Caramelized Onion, Caper, and Mushroom Tarts caramelize beautifully in a hot oven. Add to that some fresh thyme and salty capers, and you’ve got yourself some very special tarts. Serve for dinner with a side of greens.
Comfort foods and pumpkins are a match made in heaven. This delicious Pumpkin Shepherd’s Pie is packed with a spicy chickpea tomato filling and then covered with a layer of creamy pumpkin purée. It is the best food to warm you up on a cold windy and rainy day when the salad is no longer an option. Even though the ingredients list is quite a long, this recipe is super simple and easy to make.
This Tempeh Pot Pie is packed to the brim with tempeh, potatoes, and other vegetables in a delicious, savory gravy spiced with smoked paprika, thyme, rosemary, and sage. It has a flaky, homemade whole wheat crust that’s made from a blend of flours which browns beautifully while baking in the oven. This is a dinner you’ll want to return to again and again.
This perfect fall Butternut Squash, Potato, and Kale Casserole is as easy as can be! Sweet butternut squash, potatoes, and kale are tossed in a creamy seasoned sauce, then baked and tossed with vegan cheese shreds that get melty, gooey, and stretchy. It’s an affordable and versatile option for the holidays, since you can switch out the varieties of winter squash and potatoes depending on what ingredients you have on hand.
There’s little that is more comforting than pie topped with mashed potatoes. This Black Bean and Vegetable Cottage Pie is packed with black beans and veggies like carrots, cabbage, and spinach that have been cooked in a savory sauce with caramelized onions. The finished dish is packed with protein that has a wonderful fresh taste and is absolutely heavenly.
This Shepherdess Pie will wow even the pickiest of eaters. The filling for this hearty meal is made from savory lentils, tender peas, and perfectly cooked carrots, then it’s topped with a creamy mixture of mashed sweet potatoes, garlic, and vegan cream cheese. Yum!
The Cheesy Spinach and Tofu Casserole uses a plant-based cheese that is somewhere in between parmesan and mozzarella in combination with the subtle flavors of spinach and baked tofu to make a dish that is understated and impressive at the same time. This casserole is easy, healthy, and can serve a crowd.
Tradition is fantastic, but this Delicata Squash Bake turns the classic sweet potato casserole It’s packed with roasted delicata squash, tart cranberries, toasted Brussels sprouts leaves, and warm, cozy spices. You (and your family) will love it.
These easy-to-make Broccolini Pesto and Ricotta Tarts are the perfect crowd-pleasers for parties, brunch, or as quaint little snacks just for yourself. These tarts bring out the best that pesto has to offer. Broccolini is just another term for baby broccoli, and it gives you all the nutritional benefits big mamma broccoli has to offer, including an alphabet’s worth of vitamins, minerals, flavonoids, and antioxidants.
Simply put, this is Pastel de Choclo is very similar to shepherd’s pie. Typically, this dish has big juicy chunks of beef, but we find eggplant is the best substitute as it doesn’t have much flavor of its own and carries all the flavors of the dish while still retaining its shape. This is fantastic served with a green salad dressed with our lemon and cumin vinaigrette.
This meat-free “Meat” and Potato Casserole is a meal that truly warms your body and soul! Classic, simple, delicious, and hearty, it combines potatoes, aromatics, fire-roasted tomatoes, and fresh thyme with textured vegetable protein to create a dish that will please the meat-lover’s in your family.
This Black Lentil Charred Broccoli Shepherd’s Pie is warming, hearty, and a most excellent comfort food. This pie is packed with charred broccoli, caramelized onions, and black lentils that are all tucked in with a generous layer of mashed potatoes.
Nothing says “comfort food” like a good casserole. This Cheesy Rutabaga Casserole has all of the warm, bubbly goodness that you’ve come to expect from a casserole with one difference – it’s healthy too. The kale, rutabaga, and onions are covered in a delicious cashew cheese sauce that will make this dish a household favorite.
These Mini Pot Pies are exactly as they sound; a blend of vegetables including fennel, celery, carrots, and potatoes with lentils and herby thyme – it’s a hearty and comforting veg-packed dish that’s healthy too. This classic dish was made healthier by reducing the amount of pie crust needed and baking the meal into adorable, portion-controlled dishes (so you can eat more dessert)!
This Minestrone Pot Pie may not look like the traditional pot pie, but it has all of the makings of one. A golden brown encasing of bread and a deliciously savory and chunky filling. Specifically, this pot pie has a minestrone soup filling – broth, diced tomatoes, beans, onions, veggies – and a wheat biscuit-like crust that is flavored with coconut oil and a touch of rosemary. Talk about comfort food!
This Lentil Shepherd’s Pie is a comfort food sure to please even the pickiest of eaters, plant-based or not! Traditional shepherd’s pie is made with ground beef, but with this version you’ll get the benefit of eating legumes filled with potassium, calcium, zinc, dietary fiber, lean protein, and plenty of other good stuff. The mashed potato crust is infused with garlic and makes the dish a cozy treat.
Creamy, luscious pasta strewn through with tender kale, sweet caramelized fennel, onion, and garlic… Are you into this? What if we added a bubbly, browned cheesy top and crunchy herbed bread crumbs? Are we there yet? This Creamy Baked Penne With Kale and Fennel is a total game-changer for the holidays.
This Creamy Cauliflower Bake is the A+ procrastinator of brilliant recipes. Meaning you can make this delicious dish quickly and easily with few ingredients. It’s creamy, cheesy, savory, and ooey gooey. This Cheesy Cauliflower bake is a winning recipe that’s destined to please all. What more could you need in a side dish?
This Ratatouille White Bean Casserole is a simplified, rustic take on ratatouille! The vegetables are tender and literally melt into the tomato sauce and mix with the creamy white bean puree – it’s pure heaven! This is definitely a lighter dinner, since it’s mostly just vegetables, so you could easy bulk it up with a grain like couscous or quinoa on the side. Or also a huge baguette of french bread— because you KNOW there’s going to be some leftover tomato juices that need some mopping up.
This hearty, savory Portobello Lentil Shepherd’s Pie has a delicious filling of French lentils, sautéed mushrooms, and vegetables in a red wine gravy. Topped with creamy mashed potatoes, it’s the ultimate plant-based comfort food.
Which of these delicious, plant-powered holiday meals is calling your name? Let us know in the comments below!We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!
Lead image source: Savory Lentil Pie