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Artichoke and Spicy Tofu Casserole

This is rally vegan comfort food at it’s best. We really enjoyed this hearty meal on a chilly, windy day.

Vegan comfort food at it

Serving Size: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 2 spring onions sliced
  • 1 tablespoon vegan margarine
  • 1 cup prepared vegan cream sauce*
  • 8 ounces artichoke hearts, halved or quartered
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 package spicy tofu pieces (about 1 & 1/2 cups or 10 ounces)
  • 1 & 1/2 cups long grain rice or black and white mixture (white and wild rice)
  • 1/2 cup soy cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup soy milk or other no-dairy milk
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • vegan Parmesan, soy cheese or dried bread crumbs as topping

for the vegan cream sauce:

  • 1 cup soy cream or soy milk or soy yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable bouillon powder
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce (optional but gives a bit of color and flavor)

Rice casserole in an baking dish with artichoke and spicy tofu and soy cheese. (Harald Walker)

Directions:

to prepare the rice:

  1. Cook the rice in 3 cups lightly salted water.
  2. Cook until the water has been almost completely absorbed (10 inures or so).
  3. Remove from the heat and put a lid on the rice to allow it to further swell.

to make the vegan cream sauce:

  1. Place the soy cream or soy yogurt in a medium saucepan.
  2. Add the corn starch and stir well to mix.
  3. Add the vegetable bouillon powder and soy sauce if using.
  4. Heat the mixture until it becomes a nice thick sauce, stirring so that it does not scorch.
  5. Remove from the heat.

to make the casserole:

  1. In a large frying pan, melt the vegan margarine and saute the carrot, sweet bell pepper and green onion until the vegetables are al dente.
  2. Remove from the heat.
  3. Put the cooked rice in a large bowl.
  4. Add the sauteed vegetables and then the prepared vegan cream sauce.
  5. Add the artichoke, thawed peas, tofu, grated vegan cheese, thyme, and non-dairy milk.
  6. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed.
  7. Gently mix and pour into an oiled baking dish, or individual casserole dishes.
  8. Sprinkle with vegan Parmesan, grated soy cheese or dried bread crumbs.
  9. Bake, covered in a 350 F / 177 C oven for 10 minutes, uncover then bake for about 5 more minutes or until the mixture is bubbly.
  10. We dusted the top with a pinch of sweet paprika for color.
  11. Let stand for 5-10 minutes before serving.
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7 Responses to “Artichoke and Spicy Tofu Casserole”

  1. Michelle says:

    Spicy tofu pieces? I dont know if I have seen that… what exactly is that. This looks so good, I love artichokes

  2. Chris says:

    Hi Michelle, Thank you for your comment. Yes, each country and each part of the country has different things to offer and available for people. We have a few varieties of prepared tofu available. These small little squares of tofu that have been cooked with spices and herbs. There are 2 levels of spiciness available – mild or strong, and there is also a variety with smoked tofu pieces as well as very small pices like ground meat- but tofu. Of course we usually cook our own tofu, but at times, especially when camppng or traveling, the packaged is handy. You can use whatever sort of spiced/herbed tou you prefer. It’s a tasty recipe, I hope you give it a try.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Mmmmmm… Sounds wonderful! Definitely going to try it… I also haven’t seen a spicy tofu, but I live in a tiny town in Indiana, so I guess that’s not surprising! ;)

  4. Chris says:

    Hi Jennifer-Thank you for your comment. The Internet is such a great place to share ideas and resources. But, it can be difficult as not everything is available everywhere. But thats also a great thing about being vegan, you really get used to being creative and come up with alternatives for things you can’t get. It’s always a challenge, I know..and sometimes gets frustrating as you really want to make something…and then can’t get what you need…but most often you can come up with a alternative that works just fine..
    Good luck,

  5. Wow, this looks great! What a perfect casserole for a wintery night, without being too heavy. I love the addition of the peas– such nice pops of color! Definitely trying this one soon…

  6. That’s some combo. but it sounds and looks like it totally works together.

  7. Jenn says:

    Is the cream sauce like an alfredo sauce?

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