When I was little, my grandma made a cheesy hash brown casserole to die for. Of course, her hash brown casserole was full of butter, cheese, and sour cream. I’m pretty sure, however, grandma’s version had thousands of calories and no nutritional value, but when you’re a kid, who cares? Once I transitioned to a plant-based diet, I decided to make my own version of a vegan hash brown casserole recipe.
First, my goal was to “veganize” grandma’s recipe and then remove the fat. Although I failed a few ties, I can clearly say each and every bite was like stepping back into my grandma’s kitchen without any of the fat and calories. In fact, if my grandma was still alive, she would love my vegan hash brown casserole.
WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE NEEDED FOR VEGAN HASH BROWN CASSEROLE
First, the beauty of this vegan hash brown casserole recipe is versatility. In order to get the creamy cheese sauce in grandma’s hash brown casserole recipe, I used my favorite Skinny Nacho Cheese Sauce recipe. Not only is my cheese sauce made with only vegetables, but it also tastes like creamy cheese. In fact, I used my vegan cheese sauce recipe in a variety of yummy cheesy dishes:
- Skinny Chili Cheese Dip
- Skinny Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip Fat-Free and Fabulous
- Healthy Mac and Cheese
- Skinny Mustard Cheese Dip
- The Best Ultimate Vegan Lentil Black Bean Burrito Ever
- Skinny Buffalo Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
- Vegan Twice Baked Potatoes
- Vegan Chili Mac
As you can see, Skinny Nacho Cheese Sauce makes everything cheesy!
OTHER INGREDIENTS NEEDED FOR VEGAN HASH BROWN CASSEROLE
- Frozen Orieda frozen hash browns or baking potatoes diced into equal-sized pieces
- White onion
- Red bell pepper
- Green pepper or Jalapeno pepper (if you prefer a little spice)
Next, simply combine the hash brown potatoes, onions and pepper mixture, and Skinny Nacho Cheese Sauce.
Once mixed together, I transfer the vegan hash brown casserole recipe to a 9 X 13-inch pyrex pan for baking.
(Vegan hash brown casserole can be made ahead of time and refrigerated until baking for 50 minutes)
(Baked vegan hash brown casserole)
The magic, however, happens in the oven! Even though I didn’t think it was possible, a cheesy vegan hash brown casserole is possible. Not only does it taste fantastic, but grandma would also be proud.
If you are in need of a little comfort food without the guilt, you have to try vegan hash brown casserole, which is perfect for a holiday brunch, dinner side dish, or Sunday brunch.
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