This casserole is the perfect comfort food for this holiday season. This casserole is made up of fluffy kale & garlic mashed potatoes made with cashew cream, layers of veggies, lentils, and a mushroom gravy. This would be a great dish to bring to a family holiday event as it is sure to please herbivores and omnivores alike while masquerading as a classic casserole.

Being plant-based during the holidays can be especially difficult when you go to extended family's houses and aren't sure if you will have anything to eat. Instead of bringing a small container of food for yourself, show off your cooking skills and bring a delicious casserole like this to show that plant-based food can be delicious and that you want to be a part of these meals. With that said, let's get into this delicious recipe!



Yield: Serves 6-8

Time: 90 minutes

*See Note at the end of directions about ingredients.


For the Garlic Kale Mash:

1 head of garlic

2 lbs of potatoes

2 cups kale chopped

about 6-8 cups vegetable broth

1 cup cashews

1 3/4 cups water

1/2 cup nutritional yeast

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp dried rosemary

For the Base Layer:

1 15 oz can of sweet corn

1 15 oz can of green peas

1 15 oz can of lentils

For the Veggie Layer:

3/4 cup carrot, diced

1 yellow onion, diced

2 large leeks, diced

1 large celery rib, diced

3/4 cup cooked barley or faro

3/4 cup cashews or walnuts chopped & toasted

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tbsp Primal Kitchen Barbecue Sauce

1 tsp Annie's Vegan Worcestershire

1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp sumin

1 tsp dried rosemary

For the Mushroom Gravy:

4 cups diced mushrooms

3 cups vegetable broth

1 tbsp corn starch

3 tbsp water

1/2 tsp salt

1 tbsp flour

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 tsp soy sauce


Garlic Kale Mash:

First, peel and dice your potatoes and add to a pot with 3 cloves of roughly chopped garlic. Fill the pot with vegetable broth till the potatoes are covered and bring to a boil. Allow to simmer for 15 minutes or until you can easily pierce the potato with a fork. Next drain the potatoes and garlic and add to a large mixing bowl.

To make the cashew cream in a blender combine the soaked cashews, nutritional yeast, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and onion powder with water. Blend until smooth then add to your potatoes and use a hand mixer or potato masher to fully combine. If using a mixer, don't over whip them. Next saute your kale over medium heat till wilted (about 5-10 minutes) and once that is ready use a large spatula to fold it into the mashed potatoes.

Mushroom Gravy:

To start saute your diced mushrooms until all of their water is released. Deglaze the pan with the vegetable stock. Create a slurry with 1 tbsp of cornstarch and 2 tbsp of water, stir to combine, then add to mushroom mixture. Stir till well combined. Then remove from heat.

Base Layer:

Rinse and drain all ingredients and stir in a bowl to combine.

Veggie Filling:

Next saute the onion, celery, and carrot until softened (about 5-7 minutes). Then add ALL of the other ingredient to the pan and cook for 7-10 minutes on medium to low heat until everything is well combined and cooked through.

To Assemble:

Now you layer! First goes the mushroom gravy. Then the base layer, then the vegetable filling. Then finish with a nice thick layer of the mashed potatoes! Bake at 350 F for 15 minutes and broil for 3 or till top is golden brown.

Enjoy :)



You DO NOT need to use as many veggies as I used! I recommend at the minimum using onion, mushrooms, lentils, corn, and peas for an authentic filling with all of the spices mentioned. However, if you want to get fancy than feel free to add whatever else you have in your fridge! It truly is difficult to mess up this casserole- Unless you are Rachel Greene and combine it with a banana cream pie (Only true Friends fans will get that reference)!

I also recommend putting a pan below this dish in the oven as mine did spill over just a little, or poking holes in the mashed potatoes so that the heat can get through!

Mix it up, make it your own, comment with any questions about ideas or substitutions!


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