Welcome to another Recipe Redux post. This month we have Vegan Huevos Rancheros Casserole for breakfast to reflect the higher protein challenge, Rise and Shine with a Savory Breakfast.
Although the Recipe Redux challenges are no longer active, they were a great motivation to try something new.
The trend of protein-packed breakfasts is catching on…and back-to-school time is looming. Here’s my healthy take on eating savory, dinner-inspired dishes for breakfast.
And, this dish is packed with protein from the savory tofu scramble to the fiber-rich black beans. I’ve got you covered.
These vegan huevos rancheros are easier than they look. Especially if you find pre-made enchilada sauce. I found just what I was looking for at Whole Foods Market, a ranchero sauce WITHOUT any added oil. I’ll post a photo of it below. Or, you can make your own with this easy version made in the blender.
Check out these other hearty, plant-based casseroles:
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Scalloped Potatoes and Cabbage Casserole
- Vegan Green Bean Casserole
- Baked Vegan Macaroni and Cheese
- Baked Corn Casserole
Then, all you have to do is scramble the tofu which is quite easy. Water saute the onions, add the crumbled tofu with a little turmeric for color, and “scramble” until most of the moisture is gone. No need to press the tofu!
Assembly is easy. I like to rip up the tortillas so there isn’t as much overlap in the middle with this size of a dish. I found six portions were plenty in an 8 x 8″ baking dish.
Top with black olives, green onions, and sliced avocado. If you like some heat, sliced jalapenos are also a great addition.
This dish is also great for dinner.
I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below for this Vegan Huevos Rancheros Casserole! If you have a photo, post it on my Facebook page, tag me using the hashtag #plantbasedcooking
This recipe is Certified Plantricious because it meets the following guidelines.
The Trusted Seal for
- Must be whole food plant-based, contains no animal products
- May be minimally processed
- No added oil
- No added sugars
- No artificial additives or preservatives
- Sodium (mg) to Calories ratio, 1 ≤ 1
- Total Fiber to Calories, 2g ≥ 100 calories
Vegan Huevos Rancheros Casserole
Easy Ranchero Sauce
- 1 12-14 oz block firm organic tofu drained
- 1/3 cup onion diced
- 1/3 tsp ground tumeric
- salt and black pepper to taste
- 2 large avocados halved and cut into slices
- 1/2 6-oz. can low-salt black olives drained and sliced
- 1 jalapeño seeded and sliced thinly (optional)
- Heat oven to 350°F. Ready a 8 x 8" baking dish. No need to oil the pan.
- In a medium-sized skillet, saute the chopped onions in a little water until translucent and mostly cooked.
- Crumble the tofu and add to the pan along with the turmeric for color. Stir to combine and continue to cook until most of the water is evaporated, and the ingredients are cooked through.
- Salt and pepper to taste and set aside.
Easy Ranchero Sauce
- If using store-bought enchilada sauce, move to the "Assembly" step.
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, saute diced onion and pepper in a little water. Let the water evaporate, and the veggies brown a little. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add the remaining sauce ingredients, lower temperature and continue to simmer uncovered until reduced a thicken slightly, about 30 minutes.
- Once the sauce has thickened slightly, remove from the heat and let it cool a bit. Be careful when blending a hot sauce because it can splatter if too hot, but at this point, blend the sauce ingredients until smooth. A food processor should work, as well.
- Spoon a small amount of ranchero sauce on the bottom of your baking dish and spread around with the back of a spoon. Top with a layer of tortillas, breaking up to fill the pan and top with a little more sauce.
- Place 1/2 of the black beans on top of the tortillas.
- Top with 1/2 of the tofu scramble, ranchero sauce, then another layer of tortillas.
- Top tortillas with more ranchero sauce, beans, scramble, sauce and a final layer of tortillas. Top with sauce to cover the tortillas so that don't get overly crisp in the oven.
- Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Uncover and check for liquid in the pan. If there is quite a bit, put back into the oven for about 5 minutes.
- Serve topped with sliced olives, green onions, optional jalapenos, and sliced avocado.