Cheezy Vegetable Bake

I was in the mood to clean out more space in my cupboards and come up with something hearty, warm, comforting, and easy.  And that makes planned leftovers.  The recipe is a success on all fronts.  Most of all, on the taste front.  It was cheezy perfection.

Cheezy Vegetable Bake (Vegan and GF as long as the canned soup you use is)
2 Potatoes, Diced (dice them small so they cook properly.  Or, mix and match rice, quinoa, lentils, bulger, barley, etc rather than using all potatoes )
1/2 c Carrots, Diced
1/2 c Broccoli/Cauliflower Mixture (or any other veggies you want to use up; zucchini, Brussels sprouts, turnips, parsnips, squash.  Throw it in)
1 Can Soup (any vegetable soup, Cream of Mushroom, noodle soup, whatever you have)
1/2 c Water
1 Tbsp Mrs. Dash Seasoning Blend (or your favorite.  Maybe 21 Salute Seasoning)
1/3 c Nutritional Yeast (Nooch), Sprinkled (this will not make or break the recipe if you don’t have it, but then use other cheese/cheeze)

Optional: Drizzle the whole thing with 2 Tbsp EVOO before baking
Optional: Add in 1 can of beans of your choice (I didn’t add beans because the soup I used had some beans in it and Scott doesn’t love beans)

Directions
Layer everything into a foil-lined or sprayed 9×13 pan in the order listed.  i.e. lay in the potatoes, then carrots, other veggies, pour over the soup and water, add the seasonings.

Bake at 400F for approximately 50-60 minutes, or until browned. 
Optional but recommended thus Cheezy Bake: After about 35-40 minutes, add 1/4 to 1 c shredded or diced cheese/cheeze (depending on your love for cheeze) to the top and continue to bake for another 15-20 minutes or until brown.

Pictures of the Process

I have 15 other Nutritional Yeast (Nooch) Recipes if you need nooch recipes.

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Potatoes & Veggies laid down and sprinkled with Nooch + Mrs. Dash

Add the soup and water

Put it in the over and Bake…

While the dish is baking, slice a little Cheeze to put over the top

After baking at 400F for 40 Minutes before I added the cheeze…

Cheeze Added…

…and Baked for another 15 minutes (55 Minutes total at 400F)

It took less than 10 minutes to chop and dice and season everything and the result was a success!

Cheezy, full of veggies, full of flavor, no added sodium (other than what was in the can of soup), cost pennies to make, and I already had everything in my cupboard.  And used up some random odds and ends in the process. And just under an hour to bake.  Perfect.

This was such a hit with the family!

Scott’s plate.  And he doesn’t even like beans, broccoli, or cauli.  Are you sure about that, Scott?  He said in this recipe, he loved them!  I’ll take it.

Skylar begging for pictures to be over and food to be ready

The Best Part(s)?

Easy Clean-Up!  No dishes!  I used 1 pan that didn’t even need to be washed!  Thanks foil.

No, the best part was that it make lots of leftovers.  Cook once, eat twice.  Or thrice.

 
No, the best part is serving healthy foods to your family that are not complicated.  Seeing Skylar really love eating veggies makes me happy.  A side bonus is that it happens to be vegan and GF.

Thanks for chiming in on my previous post about your New Years Intentions, Goals, and Resolutions and for filling me in on how you’re doing with those if you set any.  And it sounds like keeping yourself accountable in the process.  Which is all that matters anyway.

Dessert: Special K Bars
Some of these bars I made the other day!  They make me very happy.

A brown sugary, carmel-ey bite of glory

Special K Bars

Questions
1. Do you have any favorite “bakes” or casseroles?  
I grew up in MN where casseroles and Church Bingo were a way of life.  The food was many times inherently vegan.  Rice or noodles, beans, some veggies, seasonings, bake it.

Or just a little animal protein was used.  That was the definition of a casserole where I grew up.  To stretch the dollar and feed a lot of people on good food that was hearty but used inexpensive ingredients.

2. Do you like one-pot meals?
I don’t know anyone who would say, no I actually enjoy making 17 sauces and dirtying every pot and pan in my kitchen and first sauteeing something than adding that to other things, then making a sauce, then adding that to the main thing, baking it, all the while the dishes are piling up.  The steps are piling up.

And remember technical details and how my eyes glaze over?  Same with recipes.  I get anxiety when I go to blogs where there are recipes with too many steps.  And dishes. 

I have so much respect for those types of cooks, but I am not one of them.  I have a FT Job, FT Family, FT Blogger = No time for complicated meals!  Or too many dishes!

I also have a post on One-Pot Meal Ideas 

3. Best Thing you’ve Done or Ate so Far this Weekend?
I enjoyed my Cheezy Veggie Bake, a long power walk with my family, and the glorious 75F sunny weather!

See you later!
   

36 Responses to “Cheezy Vegetable Bake”

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    Sassy Stephanie — January 30, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    I have you to thank for my new love of nooch! I’m so making this dish this week.

    I’ve been pulling some of your workouts…whew!! Thank for your inspiration!!

    Little Miss Skylar’s hair is getting so long! Poor momma…I know her growing like a weed must be making you sad! My three (my youngest is five) are growing waaaay too quickly!

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — January 30th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

      glad you made it and love the nooch, and the workouts :)

      and yes, her hair is long and she’s growing…so fast!!!

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    Tracey — June 17, 2012 at 5:50 am

    I’ve never cooked anything with nutritional yeast before but your cheesy vegetable bake looks amazing! You’ve given me the confidence to try, thanks!!!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — June 17th, 2012 at 9:29 am

      It’s a wonderful flavor enhancer…hope you try it!

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      • tracey replied: — June 19th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

        OK, I am very new to cooking but this was so easy and it came out absolutley delicious!!! I added kale to your recipe and loved it even though I’m not a big fan of kale. It was sooo easy to make and I will definitely be making this again. Thank you so much for sharing your uber-healthy and uber-easy recipe.

        • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — June 19th, 2012 at 3:42 pm

          thanks for LMK it was such an (easy) hit with you…there is no wrong way to make this one, really…sooo easy and substitution-friendly!

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    Dianne — September 22, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    I saw this recipe this morning and decided to try it. I used potatoes, kabocha sqash, broccoli, onions, brussel sprouts, carrots, and mushroom soup, and of course the nooch. I can’t believe it was so good. It was the first time I had ever bought kabocha squash and it was soooo good in it. My new main veggie dish. Thanks for the idea!!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — September 22nd, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      so glad that you tried it and that it will be a staple for you! Thanks for the great comment & feedback :)

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    Anna — November 29, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    I made this dish tonight. The cheese is still melting on it :) It’s yummy. I’m amazed at how many people haven’t ever tried nooch…they’re missing out :) I made mine with quinoa, black beans, cabbage soup that i had made, broccoli, celery, onion soup mix (didn’t have mrs. dash), nooch, carrots and some low fat mozzarella. was going to add lentils, baby green peas and light red kidney beans…ran out of room :) i think i will garnish with some green onions :) this is great. i think it will be my everyday meal with different ingredients every time :) might try taco seasoning next. thanks !

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — November 29th, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      Thanks for the field report and for telling me what you used and that it worked out perfectly for you. Onion soup mix and taco seasoning are both good ideas! And love your choices of veggies and that you’re on the nooch train!

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    Sandie — August 30, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Hi,
    This looks absolutely scrumptious, but I am in the UK and have no idea what some of the ingredients are. Do you know the English equivalent please? I do not know what Nooch is, Mrs Dash or Evoo. Help please, as this recipe look so delicious!
    Kind regards,
    Sandie

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 30th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      This is an older post and my recipe writing wasn’t as clear as it could be – sorry about that!

      Mrs. Dash is an all-purpose, savory, salt-free seasoning blend. Just season to taste with your favorite blend or herbs.
      EVOO – extra virgin olive oil
      nooch – nutritional yeast (found in specialty markets in the US, and you may have a hard time finding this and no, there is no substitute. Simply omit it you can’t find it, or use a handful of your favorite shredded cheese)

      Enjoy!

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      • Sandie replied: — August 30th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

        Thank you so much, that is very helpful. I am definitely going to make this:0)

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    Sandie — August 30, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    I have found the Nutritional Yeast Flakes on Amazon!

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    Amanda — September 22, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    This looks amazing! Would you pre-cook the lentils and quinoa? I plan to try it tomorrow!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — September 22nd, 2013 at 8:40 pm

      I would either pre-cook them fully, or at least to about 80% of the way; just so you don’t run the risk of raw lentils or quinoa — that would be so icky to bite into raw/undercooked lentils. The quinoa I think would be more forgiving but lentils are not. Enjoy!

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    Kelsey — March 3, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    I made this tonight, and it was very good! My boyfriend even liked it, and he’s not a big veggie lover.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — March 4th, 2014 at 1:08 am

      That’s great! Thanks for trying this (vintage) recipe from my archives :)

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    Shells — July 3, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    This looks fantastic! Any idea if frozen veggies would work? How do you think they’d change the cooking time?

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