Recently, we were having Sunday brunch at my sister’s house after church, and I needed to come up with a healthy version of a vegan breakfast casserole to take, because we love plant-based recipes. This is the amazing hash brown vegan breakfast casserole ended up happening in my kitchen!
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This oil and dairy-free version of the traditional American hashbrown casserole recipe came out delicious and hearty-healthy.
When I first switched over to a healthy plant-based lifestyle back in 2013, one thing that I really missed was CHEESE. Cheese for pizza, tacos, baked potatoes, lasagna, and so much more. That’s why I came up with this amazing Creamy Vegan Cheese Sauce!
Ingredients used to make this amazing cheese sauce
- cashews (and or white beans)
- nutritional yeast flakes
- lemon juice
To keep it completely oil-free the bottom of the glass baking dish was lined with parchment paper to keep it from sticking to the bottom. You could also use a silicone baking mat. Either way will work just fine.
When making this in a crock pot, I don’t line with parchment paper. It does stick to the sides a little, but not badly in my cooker.
Everyone loved it, along with the Banana Oat Pancakes that I took as well. I came home with empty dishes which is always a good feeling and had many requests for a recipe.
Since this casserole was a spontaneous creation, I have gone back to recreate it and share with you all. Hopefully, it will become one of your favorite plant-based recipes.
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“OMG! So good!! Added some additional veggies that needed to be used, celery and carrot. This is a keeper for sure. Thank you!”
“I’m happy to say that I’m one who enjoyed eating it. I’m a hard one to convince because of my southern country tastes. I had 2 servings and brought home all the leftovers I could grab for my supper/dinner.
This ones a winner for sure. Oh, and the pancakes with walnuts, topped with fruit!!!!!!”
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This oil and dairy-free version of the traditional American hash brown casserole is delicious and hearty-healthy. With potatoes, onions, red bell peppers, creamy vegan cheese sauce, and smoked paprika, there is no skimping on taste. No artery-clogging butter and eggs either! Vegan Breakfast Casserole is amazing!
- 1 30 oz package frozen shredded hash browns oil-free version (or 4 cups freshly shredded)
- 3/4 cup onions, diced
- 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
- 3/4 cup fresh spinach leaves, shredded
- 1 cup No Cheese Sauce recipe below
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/2 tsp dry steak seasoning
- 1 Tbsp ground smoked paprika
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 cup potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1/4 cup carrots, diced
- 1/4 cup onions, diced
- 1 cup broth from veggies
- 1/2 cup raw cashews (or 1/2 cup white beans)
- 4 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- pinch paprika
- 1/2 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
Dice the onion and red bell pepper into small chunks.
In large bowl, mix together onions, red bell peppers, frozen hash browns, cheese sauce, and spices.
Toss in shredded spinach leaves and lightly mix again.
Line a baking dish with parchment paper. This allows the casserole to be cooked without oil. You could use a silicone baking dish if desired. When making this in a crock pot, I don't line with parchment paper. It does stick to the sides a little, but not too badly in my cooker.
Pour hash brown mixture into baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. If making in a crock pot, cook on low for approximately 2 hours.
Remove from oven and serve warm.
In medium pot, bring about 3 cups of water to a boil. Place potatoes, carrots, and onion in pot and allow to cook until veggies are tender, approximately 15 minutes. Cooking time will vary based on how small the veggies are diced.
When veggies are tender, drain and place them in blender. NOTE: reserve 1 cup of the broth, and add to blender. Add all the remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth.
Now, it's ready to use in this Hash Brown recipe. Cheese Sauce is also fabulous in nacho cheese dip, veggie pizza, mac-n-cheese, topping for steamed broccoli, or anything else you need a creamy, cheesy sauce in. It makes approximately 1 quart and can be stored in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.