Casseroles are the perfect meal for a night in and this broccoli casserole is one of my absolute favourites!
INGREDIENTS • 2 Bags frozen broccoli cuts • 500ml Raw cashews or (soaked for 2-8 hours if possible) • 750ml Water or plain unsweetened plant milk • 5ml Salt
• 30ml Nutritional yeast • 30ml Apple cider vinegar (lemon juice, or unsweetened rice vinegar)
• 1 Yellow onion (diced) • 250ml button mushrooms (diced)
• Salt and pepper to taste • 1-2 Sleeves crackers (crushed into crumbs)
INSTRUCTIONS Make the Savoury Cashew Cream
After soaking the cashews or pepitas*, drain, rinse, and add to a blender or food processor.
Add water/milk, salt, nutritional yeast, and vinegar, and blend until smooth and creamy. If using a high-speed blender, no soaking is necessary.
Make the casserole Preheat the oven to 210°C. Add the frozen broccoli to a 13×9 casserole dish and place it in the oven while it is preheating. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the broccoli is heated through and tender, stirring occasionally to ensure even heating. After the broccoli is cooked, set aside and reduce oven temperature to 180°C. Preheat a large skillet or saucepan over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and onions to the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes, until mushrooms have released their liquid and onions are browned and soft. Add cashew cream to the onion/mushroom mixture and stir to combine.Reduce heat to medium, and cook for 4-5 minutes until mixture has thickened slightly. Remove from heat.Pour the sauce over the broccoli in the casserole dish and stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.Spread cracker crumbs over the top of the broccoli mixture in an even layer. Bake casserole, uncovered, for 30 minutes on the middle rack.