I know this doesn’t look like a casserole, and that’s because it isn’t (not anymore)… Originally it was, years ago, back when I veganized a recipe I saw printed in a paper called Cowboy Casserole. It was lovingly topped with a layer of thinly sliced potatoes and then baked to a golden crips. How times change.
Well they say that necessity is the mother of all invention, and I needed a quick, cheap meal option. So as time went by, the sliced potatoes made way for mashed. Then the fresh veggies made way for a frozen mix. Until one day, I didn’t even bother baking it, everything just got dumped into our bowls… Classy, eh? 😉… Anyway, that’s the day it officially became the Lazy Cowboy Casserole… Or as Dave likes to call it, the Lazy Chef Casserole 😂
It’s a great meal for busy days/nights. In the time it takes you to make the mashed potatoes, dinner can be on the table. Plus it’s tasty, satisfying, and super budget friendly! I love eating on the cheap 😃
What’s your go-to meal when you’re in a rush?
Lazy Cowboy Casserole
Recipe Type: main
Makes: 4 servings
- 2 lbs Russet Potatoes, peeled and diced
- 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1/3 cup Non-Dairy Milk (I used almond)
- 1/2 tsp Salt (or to taste)
- 1 (14oz/398mL) can Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce*
- 3 tbsp BBQ Sauce
- 2 tbsp Nutritional Yeast
- 2 cup Frozen Mixed Vegetables (peas, carrots, green beans, corn)**
to make the mashed potatoes:
Place the potatoes into a large pot and cover them with water. Bring to a boil and cook until tender (approximately 12 minutes). Drain potatoes and return them to the pot. Coarsely mash, then add the oil, 1/4 cup of milk, and salt. Mash well. Mix in additional milk if needed.
to make the beans:
When the potatoes are cooking, in a separate pot, stir together the baked beans, BBQ sauce, and nutritional yeast, then stir in the frozen vegetables. Over medium heat, stirring occasionally, bring to a simmer and cook until hot and vegetables are tender.
* Watch out for lard or pork when choosing your baked beans. I used Heinz.
**I add the vegetables frozen.