Does no name casserole sound familiar to anyone? This is a recipe I grew up with and always enjoyed, despite how undesirable and drab looking it appears.
My mom usually made this casserole with ground beef, but I recall her making it a long time ago when I was still a vegetarian and living in Michigan. Since I didn’t eat meat, she made it with soy “meat” instead of real meat. Goodness, I’m appalled to say I ever ate that stuff, but live n’ learn. If any of you readers out there eat it, I invite you to reconsider and take a serious look at the ingredients. It’s low-quality, overly processed and not to mention, has the texture of a sponge. There are better options, even if you don’t eat meat.
In looking through my recipe book, I stumbled upon a recipe card my mom gave me for this casserole. Yes, “no name casserole” is seriously the name and technically it does have a name, and that’s it. I remember liking the flavors of this dish growing up and decided to reinvent it, paleo-style.
No Name Casserole
- 1 lb ground turkey breast (or grass-fed ground beef)
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 C celery, chopped
- 1 C crimini mushrooms, sliced
- 3/4 – 1 C chicken broth
- 1/2 can full-fat coconut milk
- 1 head cauliflower, riced
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- dash of celery salt
- 1 Tbsp coconut flour
- 3-4 Tbsp sliced almonds
- 1 Tbsp coconut aminos (if not following the SCD)
- Saute onion, celery and mushrooms in olive oil or ghee until soft.
- While onion and celery cook, rice the cauliflower in food processor and set aside.
- Add ground turkey to the onion mixture and let brown about 5 minutes.
- Stir in coconut milk, broth, pepper, sea salt, celery salt, and coconut aminos, if using. Let simmer for a few minutes.
- Add cauliflower rice to the mixture and stir together. Add coconut flour and let simmer for a few minutes more. Meanwhile, set oven to 350 degrees.
- Pour mixture into greased 2-quart casserole dish and top with sliced almonds.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes.
The casserole is not the prettiest looking thing, but it is delicious. Its flavors did resemble that of the original, but in my humble opinion, it tasted even better! I served it with fresh steamed green beans, as pictured above.