Whatever You Have Left In Your Fridge Casserole


I was unsure whether or not I should post this recipe, because just like the name implies, this is just a casserole with every kind of weird things I had in my fridge that needed to be used today, before it went bad. Somehow this combination works out to be incredibly tasty and perfectly seasoned, and you can easily alternate this recipe to suit whatever you have lying around in your fridge. I made some sweet potato mash and steamed vegetables with this, and my family ended up scraping whatever left-overs from the pan.

The spices and vegetables is just what I had available and used, but really any kind of vegetables would work. If you do not wish to use TVP or tofu you can use cooked lentils, which I think will give the best result, or your favorite kind of bean (I would probably use kidney beans). For directions on how to use that look below!


Ingredients:
  • 200g firm organic tofu*
  • 60g dry TVP + 120g hot water*
  • 40g gluten-free oats
  • 2 large white mushrooms
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 2 leeks
  • 10 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2-4 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 4-8 tbsp gluten-free soy sauce
Spices:
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Black pepper
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Vegan vegetable stock powder
  • Cumin,
  • Oregano

Directions:
  1. In a non-stick pan lightly brown all the vegetables, hydrated tvp and the firm tofu (crumble it up first). In a glass whisk together the soy sauce, tomato puree, mustard and all the spices. Remember to frequently taste everything and add a lot of seasoning, as the cooking process somehow dulls the taste a bit.
  2. Throw in the mixture in the glass in with the vegetables and let this simmer for a few minutes, and you might need to add in about 1 cup hot water as well. Transfer this into a bowl and add in the oats and mix thoroughly. Place this in a sprayed casserole dish and cook in the oven at 200 degrees Celcius/375 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-40 minutes, or until the casserole is properly cooked and the top is slightly crispy. 
*You can replace all the TVP and tofu for 2 cups of cooked lentils or beans, and if doing so just add it in the bowl at the same time as the oats! (you probably do NOT need 1 cup hot water if using beans or other legumes)


I will admit it might not be the most visually pleasing dish I have come up with, but the flavors are amazing and I will definitely make it again. If you do not have all the spices I used, get creative and add in whatever you think would be tasty!

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