These hearty and delicious recipes don't skimp on the soul-warming power we have come to expect from traditional casseroles.
July 18, 2011
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Healthy Vegetarian Casseroles
Who says comfort food can't be vegetarian? These recipes give all of the delicious flavor found in the most divine casseroles, but keep within the perimeters of a vegetarian diet. By chosing ingredients wisely, you will be able to create delicious and filling casseroles that give the freshest ingredients a starring role.
Stratas are easy make-ahead dishes. The night before, assemble and layer the casserole without the egg mixture; cover and refrigerate. Combine the egg mixture, and refrigerate in a separate container. In the morning, pour the egg mixture over the bread mixture; allow the strata to stand for 30 minutes before baking.
In addition to feta, this Greek specialty traditionally uses kopanisti and graviera cheeses; this version uses more readily available cheddar and blue. Serve with a mixed greens salad for a light supper. Bell and jalapeño peppers offer sweetness and heat.
Broiling the eggplant coaxes out a deeper, more complex flavor. We like to keep the antioxidant-packed skin on, but feel free to peel the eggplant before broiling. You can garnish the dish with extra basil leaves.