BBQ Pulled Tofu Casserole with Bleu Cheese Cornbread Topper (Vegan, Gluten Free)

25 Oct

If there’s one thing I love doing, its converting any recipe to healthy, vegan, and gluten-free eats I can enjoy.   This recipe is inspired by Rachel Ray, featured on her show Week in a Day (fantabulous concept, just not anything I can ever eat!).    I’ve testing the recipe, deciding how much cornbread I like as a topper, and honestly I like more cornbread!   “I’ve got a fever, and the only prescription, is more cornbread!”

To me, this casserole is a great comfort food.  It feels like it should be a heavy, rich dish, but with vegan & gluten-free ingredients, it’s very light and warms you from the inside out on a cool evening.  I made this during the week, and in order to save time a little time I used pre-made BBQ sauce.  To make this a balanced meal, I made an organic baby spinach salad.

You can make this casserole ahead of time and store it in your refrigerator until you’re ready eat!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons organic grapeseed oil
  • 4 ribs of organic celery, diced
  • 3 organic carrots, diced
  • 1 organic , chopped
  • 20 ounces organic Super Firm tofu (I suggest WildWood), grated with the largest width
  • 2 ears of organic corn, grilled or steamed and cut off the cob (I had leftover BBQ corn from the night before & it added a great smokey flavor)
  • 18 ounces of your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 2 Cups cornmeal
  • 1 ¼ Cups non-dairy milk (I used coconut milk)
  • 1 Tablespoon organic cornstarch mixed with 2 Tablespoons water
  • ¼ Cup Earth Balance (vegan butter)
  • 1 package of vegan bleu cheese

Directions:

  • Preheat your oven to 425 degrees
  • Sauté your onions, celery, and carrots in grape seed oil until tender.  Mix in your grated tofu, cook for 3 minutes then add your BBQ sauce.  You can turn your heat down to low & let the flavors come together.

Bleu Cheese Cornbread Topper

In a large bowl, combine your cornmeal, non-dairy milk, cornstarch mix, and Earth Balance; stir until combined.  Crumble your vegan bleu cheese into your batter, stir in your corn and mix until it is evenly incorporated.

Casserole

Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish.  Evenly pour your pulled tofu mix in.  Smooth over with your cornbread batter.   Pop your casserole in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until your cornbread is golden and cooked thoroughly.

Enjoy eating whole!

6 Responses to “BBQ Pulled Tofu Casserole with Bleu Cheese Cornbread Topper (Vegan, Gluten Free)”

  1. bliss46th November 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

    Wow – all I can say is bravo! This looks so good – I can’t wait to try! I’m linking to this recipe in my recipes I want to try section on my blog so I never forget that I need to try this!

    • eatingwhole November 5, 2012 at 11:58 am #

      Aw thank you! That’s a great idea!! This recipe was really easy & has become one of my favorite comfort foods! 🙂

  2. courtney November 15, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    I really want to try this, but 18 ounces of bbq sauce seems like a lot! Is this the correct amount?

    • eatingwhole November 15, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

      Yes, this dish makes 8 healthy servings.

      • courtney November 16, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

        Just made this and it’s sooo good! I didn’t have any bleu cheese but pepperjack worked out pretty well. Thanks for the great recipe!

      • eatingwhole November 16, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

        Aw That’s wonderful! I’m so happy you liked it. Sounds like a delish substitution.

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