When the weather starts to cool down, nothing tastes better than comfort food. Unfortunately, comfort food generally isn't healthy, unless, of course, we make it from healthy whole foods. My southwestern bake is a casserole loaded with whole-foods and topped with my Vegan Oil-Free Cornbread Recipe. In fact, this southwestern bake recipe screams comfort food!
Even though southwestern bake looks deliciously sinful at first glance, it's actually more like heaven in a bowl.
WHAT'S IN THIS COMFORT FOOD BOWL OF SOUTHWESTERN BAKE?
Let's begin with what goes in the southwestern bake base before I top it with my Vegan Oil-Free Cornbread Recipe.
- Whole Grain Elbow Macaroni
- White Onion
- Diced Tomatoes
- Pinto Beans (or beans of choice)
- Chili Powder
- Cooked Brown Lentils
Next, make the Vegan Oil-Free Cornbread Recipe and set it aside.
Once I cook the base covered 10 minutes at 375 degrees, I then gently pour and spread the Vegan Oil-Free Cornbread Recipe over the top of the southwestern casserole.
Just be sure to be careful; the goal isn't to mix the two but to spread the cornbread over the top of the noodles.
Next, I bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes until the cornbread is golden brown. Although I love the cornbread topping, the southwestern bake is great with or without it.
As soon as the casserole is removed from the oven, allow it to sit for a few minutes before serving in bowls. Since my family likes southwestern bake a little spicy, I serve extra jalapenos on the side and always take out their favorite hot sauce, Cholula.
HEALTHY MEXICAN RECIPES YOUR FAMILY WILL LOVE ARE HERE:
- Enchilada Pasta
- Vegan Enchiladas
- The Best Ultimate Vegan Lentil Black Bean Burrito Ever
- Veggie and Pinto Bean Quesadilla
- Tater Tot Nachos
- Vegan Guilt-Free Potato Nachos; A Game Day Treat!
- Walnut Meat Tacos
- Tofu Tacos
- Vegan Lentil Tacos
- Tempeh Tacos
- Skinny Inside Out Burrito
- Vegan Chili Mac
- Lentil Chili Recipe
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂