Thanksgiving Casserole

thanksgiving vegan recipes whole food plant based Nov 29, 2020

Here is the Thanksgiving casserole recipe that so many people had asked for. It is really a very simple casserole recipe. The beans can be substituted with lentils, mushrooms, or eggplant just to mention a few.  

As usual, it is cooked without oil as this is part of our whole food plant-based lifestyle. Although I added the optional maple syrup, for the ones who like it a little sweeter, you can definitely eat it without the syrup.



Thanksgiving Casserole

Yield: 4
Author: Eat Like A Vegan Chef
Prep time: 30 MinCook time: 2 HourTotal time: 2 H & 30 M


Sweet potatoes
  • 2 lb Sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
Black beans
  • 5 oz. black beans
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 15 oz. black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • dash of cayenne
  • 1 cup of water or low sodium veg. broth
Baby spinach
  • 10 oz baby spinach
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • dash of salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1/4 cup water or broth
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 flax meal
  • 1/4 cup spelt flour
  • 1/2 Almond milk or more if needed
  • Optional: 2 tbsp maple syrup


Sweet potatoes
  1. Bake or steam sweet pototoes until soft.
  2. Peel and mash and season with spices. Set aside.
Black beans
  1. Dry saute onions and garlic in a saucepan over medium to high heat, add water if necessary.
  2. Now add beans and season with cumin and cayenne. Add salt if desired. Keep stirring, lower the temperature, and let simmer for 20-25 minutes. Add water a little at a time.
Baby Spinach
  1. Dry saute onions and garlic in a saucepan over medium to high heat, add water if necessary.
  2. Once the onions are translucent add the spinach, season with (salt, optional) and fresh black pepper. Keep stirring until the spinach is wilted. Add water a little at a time so spinach can cook properly. Set aside.
  1. Pour all dry ingredients in a bowl and add milk a little at a time while kneading the dough with your hands until crumbs are forming. It should look like the crumbs on an apple pie. 
  1. Fill the bottom of a Pyrex baking form with the sweet potato mash.
  2. Top the potatoes evenly with the beans.
  3. Now top the beans with the spinach until all beans are covered up.
  4. Sprinkle the crumbs all over the spinach.
  5. Bake for about 30 minutes in a 375-degree preheated oven or until the crumbs are golden brown.
  6. Serve hot.
  7. Enjoy!



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