Casseroles are the perfect dish to bring to a family gathering on Thanksgiving. The entire meal is cooked in one dish in the oven and can be easily transported to wherever you’ll be spending the holidays. Not to mention, casseroles are extremely delicious. You can easily make them by combining vegetables, grains, pasta, sauces, and much more.
To help you plan your perfect Thanksgiving menu, we have plenty of casserole recipes from our Food Monster App, ranging from Thanksgiving classics like Green Bean Casserole to twists on other classics like Butternut Squash Casserole which calls for vegan marshmallows on butternut squash instead of sweet potato. There are so many delicious options from the Food Monster App for you to choose from!
1. Green Bean Casserole
Source: Green Bean Casserole
This Green Bean Casserole remake by Sarah De La Cruz of the classic 1960s dish is a perfect addition to any holiday table. It has all of the delicious flavors but uses all plant-based ingredients.
2. Sweet Potato Rice Casserole
Source: Sweet Potato Rice Casserole
This Sweet Potato Rice Casserole by Alissandra Mafucci will surprise your family and friends. They won’t believe it’s not real rice! The sweet potato rice cooks to a perfect consistency in 40 minutes in the oven and the savory flavors from the vegan mozzarella and pesto pair well with the sweetness that comes from the potato when roasting. The broccoli gives the casserole substance and the pesto soaks into the florets for a big “bang for your buck” bite.
3. Mac and Cheese Casserole
Source: Mac and Cheese Casserole
Mac and Cheese pair well with anything, so of course, it would be a perfect addition to the Thanksgiving dinner table. This Mac and Cheese Casserole by Shea Cope is delicious and easy to make. Pasta elbows and broccoli florets are tossed with a cheesy sauce, topped with buttery bread croutons, and then baked into a perfectly comforting casserole.
Gratitude: Plant-Based Thanksgiving Cookbook
No other holiday captures the spirit of home cooking the way Thanksgiving does. This is why you need the ultimate Thanksgiving cookbook, One Green Planet’s Gratitude: Plant-Based Recipes to Create your own Thanksgiving Tradition! In the cookbook, you’ll find our 100 most popular plant-based thanksgiving recipes like Soft Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts, Spiced Apple Cake with Cashew Frosting, Sweet Potato Chocolate Pudding with Nut Crumble Topping, Cinnamon Apple Hand Pies, and hearty entrees like Roast Root Vegetable Stack With Dukkah, Vegducken: Butternut Squash Stuffed With Eggplant, Zucchini, and a Mushroom Lentil Stuffing, and Seitan Roast With Sausage and Pear Stuffing and Apple Cider Gravy and so much more!
4. Mashed Potato Casserole With Broccoli and Cauliflower Gravy
Source: Mashed Potato Casserole With Broccoli and Cauliflower Gravy
This Mashed Potato Casserole With Broccoli and Cauliflower Gravy by Jennifer Harmon has a layer of mashed potatoes, a layer of cauliflower gravy, and a final layer of minced broccoli. The mashed potato layer has a can of white beans mixed in for protein, although you’d never guess it. The gravy is made of puréed cauliflower and mushrooms. This ultimate Thanksgiving casserole is creamy, dreamy, and a must-make.
5. Butternut Squash, Portobello, and Spinach Casserole With Vegan Sausage
Source: Butternut Squash, Portobello, and Spinach Casserole With Sausage
This Butternut Squash, Portobello, and Spinach Casserole With Sausage by Lauren Kretzer is made with traditional holiday flavors. It is hearty, but not heavy and indulgent, but healthy. It is special enough to be the meal’s centerpiece, and be complemented by everything else on the table. This casserole doesn’t even have to be made as just a side dish because it’s worthy of the spotlight on Thanksgiving Day. It has an earthy, woodsy combination of vegan sausage, barley, mushrooms, sage, and rosemary countered with the mellow sweetness of butternut squash and fresh spinach. A proper Thanksgiving meal should radiate homey, rustic warmth, and this casserole fits the bill. The best part? It can be made a full day ahead.
6. Creamy Lentil Bolognese and Potato Bake
Source: Creamy Lentil Bolognese and Potato Bake
You will be surprised by how easy it is to whip up this delicious layered Creamy Lentil Bolognese and Potato Bake by Melina Kutelas! Simply cook the lentil bolognese, slice the potatoes and eggplant, and layer them all on top of each other with plenty of sun-dried tomato paste, herbs, and spices. Once everything is layered, sprinkle a generous amount of almond-Parmesan on top and bake in the oven until brown. Yum!
7. Easy Cheesy Broccoli and Brown Rice Bake
Source: Easy Cheesy Broccoli and Brown Rice Bake
This Easy Cheesy Broccoli and Brown Rice Bake by Kelly Williams is perfect for families with children, but anyone can enjoy it. It’s easy as can be, especially if you cook the brown rice in advance. Lots of broccoli-rice dishes require pre-blanching the broccoli or sautéing garlic and onions, but this dish is just about as simple as it gets! You pretty much just mix brown rice and broccoli in a casserole dish and stir it up with a basic cheesy sauce.
8. Vegetable Au Gratin Casserole With Oregano Bean Puree
Source: Vegetable Au Gratin Casserole With Oregano Bean Puree
In this Vegetable Au Gratin Casserole With Oregano Bean Puree recipe by Zsu Dever, soft russet potatoes and butternut squash are layered with a creamy, herbed bechamel sauce and topped with crusty whole grain bread before baking in the oven until hot and bubbly. After dinner, turn the leftovers into oregano and bean purée, perfect for spreading on toasted bread for sandwiches filled with Thanksgiving leftovers.
9. Potatoes Oreganata: Greek Hasselback Potato Casserole
Source: Potatoes Oreganata: Greek Hasselback Potato Casserole
The traditional Greek dish “potatoes oreganata” is cooked with lots of olive oil, chicken stock, lemon, and oregano. This Potatoes Oreganata: Greek Hasselback Potato Casserole by Alexandra V Jones substitutes chicken stock for vegetable broth, making it into a delicious and filling dish that can be shared with everyone. The potatoes are sliced thin with additional Mediterranean elements added, like olives and fresh herbs. This is an easy dish to make for potlucks or big gatherings, such as Thanksgiving dinner.
10. Butternut Squash Casserole
Source: Butternut Squash Casserole
Meet your holiday table’s new best friend. Butternut squash is the sweet potato’s cooler yet underrated cousin, and it’s about time we showed it some love. It’s creamy, flavorful, and has a fraction of the calories and carbs of sweet potato. The party-goers at your Thanksgiving celebration will gobble it up and beg for the recipe. This Butternut Squash Casserole by Kelly Morisson could win a beauty pageant. Make sure to give yourself a generous helping because it isn’t going to last long.
Easy Ways to Help the Planet:
- Eat Less Meat: Download Food Monster, the largest plant-based recipe app on the App Store to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy. You can also buy a hard or soft copy of our favorite vegan cookbooks.
- Reduce Your Fast Fashion Footprint: Take the initiative by standing up against fast fashion pollution and supporting sustainable and circular brands like Tiny Rescue that are raising awareness around important issues through recycled zero-waste clothing designed to be returned and remade over and over again.
- Support Independent Media: Being publicly funded gives us a greater chance to continue providing high-quality content. Please consider supporting us by donating!
- Sign a Petition: Your voice matters! Help turn petitions into victories by signing the latest list of must-sign petitions to help people, animals, and the planet.
- Stay Informed: Keep up with the latest news and essential stories involving animals, the environment, sustainable living, food, health, and human interest topics by subscribing to our newsletter!
- Do What You Can: Reduce waste, plant trees, eat local, travel responsibly, reuse stuff, say no to single-use plastics, recycle, vote smart, switch to cold water laundry, divest from fossil fuels, save water, shop wisely, donate if you can, grow your own food, volunteer, conserve energy, compost, and don’t forget about the microplastics and microbeads lurking in common household and personal care products!