"They're More Like Guidelines Anyway" Casserole
Yield 1 8x8 or 9x9 dish
Loosely based on this Paleo Chicken Broccoli Cauliflower Rice Casserole, you can take this "recipe" and make a yummy casserole based on what you've got on hand or what's easy to find at the store. I guarantee you'll end up with something ... most likely edible, if not amazingly delicious! You are the master of your kitchen.
Layers of Things
- Riced cauliflower, enough to make a good, thick layer in the bottom of your baking dish*
- Or cooked rice or noodles, cooked quinoa, shredded carrots, riced celeriac root, or something else that you have on hand that is similar.
- Broccoli florets, for the second layer
- Or any other veggie you have around: mushrooms, chopped spinach, root veggies, a canned veggie that's drained, etc.
- Cooked chicken, for the third layer
- Or any other cooked meat or even sausage. Or use more veggies.
- Canned green chiles for spice and flavor
- Or maybe roasted peppers? Artichoke hearts? ChunkySalsa?
Basically, if you have a cream of anything soup in the cupboard, crack it open, and mix it with a 1/2 cup of broth or milk and 1 tsp Italian seasoning and maybe a little salt and pepper. This is the thing all classic casseroles are made of. But if you want something dairy free or otherwise meeting different dietary guidelines, read on.
- 2 cups of any kind of milk or broth, or a combination thereof
- plant milks, dairy milks, chicken broth, etc.
- 1/4 cup of something cheesy
- Nutritional yeast, if you don't do dairy, or actual cheese if you desire. If going with actual cheese, you can add practically as much cheese as you want.
- 1 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend
- Or an otherwise-appropriate seasoning mix. If there's salt in it, taste the sauce before adding more salt.
- Probably no more than 1 teaspoon. Taste first, then add. Always taste first before adding more salt. You can't easily make something less salty.
- 1/4 cup tapioca flour to thicken
- Or use the equivalent thickening power of another favorite thickener, such as potato starch, corn starch, or flour
- Turn your oven to 400 F/204 C.
- Create your layers of things in an 8x8" or 9x9" pan, or something else if you have it.
- Make a sauce:
- Whisk together powdered thickeners into cold liquids first. Make sure it has no lumps.
- Pour all sauce ingredients, minus nutritional yeast/cheese, in a small saucepan and heat on medium-high heat, whisking the bottom of the pan continuously to avoid clumping and burning.
- When it gets thick and boils, take it off the heat and add nutritional yeast/cheese.
- Evaluate the consistency. If it's thick but pourable, then it's probably okay. If it won't pour, then thin it out with a little more liquid or even water, if you ran out of milk and broth.
- Pour sauce over all ingredients.
- Bake for 30 minutes or so, uncovered. Then cover with foil and bake for another 15-20 minutes, or until broccoli is tender and you see liquid bubbling at the bottom (if using a glass dish).
Riced cauliflower is cauliflower that you break into chunks and pulse in your food processor until it reminds you of something similar to grains of rice.
Courses Main or Side Dish
Recipe by Home With Love at https://homewithlove.us/the-case-for-creativity-fun-casserole-recipe/