Cheesy Lentil Quinoa Vegan Casserole is loaded with protein and packed with lots of cheese. Bedsides everything else, my favorite part of this dish is that it is absolutely oil free. We are kicking our dinner up a notch with creamy coconut sauce, green lentils, fluffy quinoa and lots of lots of vegan cheese, all in just one dish. Well, I love cheese so my intentions are mostly to include cheese in as many dishes as possible. Cheese enhances the flavor and the creamy texture of any dish. Moreover, cheese always makes me want to eat the entire dish happily and heartily.
Recently, while experimenting and remaking few of my dishes I learnt to make oil free recipes. So, in the process I also came up with the usage of leftover lentil water . So, I used it to saute anything or to add to the thickness of the gravy instead of plain water. That way I add more nutrition and protein to the food and save on few extra calories.
This Cheesy lentil Quinoa Vegan Casserole dish is not only nutritious but it’s a plant power meal. It’s flavorful and can be refrigerated for a week. So, it’s perfect for meal prep or just hectic weekdays when you don’t get enough time to cook. Just assemble the ingredients in a baking dish. Later, bake and devour. Or else, bake and refrigerate. Then eat it as and when desire. I prefer the latter, where I just have to warm the food and enjoy my meals. The only thing left is cleaning up the dishes. But if the meals are already prepared then there’s hardly any dishes in the kitchen and of course no mess at all. That’s …..Happy Me!!!!
For this recipe, I firstly made a creamy coconut sauce base. I used unsweetened coconut milk, coconut flour, nutritional yeast, dried herbs and some more seasonings. I can still smell the aroma of this creamy coconut sauce while writing about this recipe. And…..I am feeling kinda hungry!!! Thereafter, I covered the first layer of the baking dish with this creamy coconut sauce. Afterwards, I added another layer of fluffy and cooked quinoa. Then, I covered it with a layer of boiled green lentils. Then, I repeated the process of adding two more layers of quinoa along with lentils and then there’s my favorite part. Lastly, I covered the entire casserole with vegan pepper jack cheese. Aha!!!!!
I am drooling while writing and I think I am about to make another batch of this casserole right away and refrigerate it for the entire week 🙂
Lentils – Apart from being high in protein it’s also helpful in promoting good health. Lentils promote good heart health improves digestive system, helps in lowering cholesterol and promotes weight loss.