Easy Vegetable Bake

posted by Andrea | 03/26/2011

Do your kids eat their vegetables??

Do you?

What if I told you I had a recipe that might just get everyone to eat their veggies?

A few weeks ago, I had a bunch of friends over to see our new house and eat delicious food. All the recipes turned out great {at least that’s what my friends said} but the over-all favorite was this Easy Vegetable Bake.

I actually added a bunch of chicken to it for my party — but then this past weekend, I made it with just vegetables again for a church potluck, and my serving dish was practically licked clean!

I just love this recipe because I can use whatever veggies I have on hand {even frozen}, I can make it well ahead of time, I can freeze it, AND everyone always loves it because the vegetables are “masked” by delicious seasonings and cream cheese!

INGREDIENTS: for one 9×13″ pan

{print this recipe}

  • 10 c. veggies {I used about 3 – 3.5 c. carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower}
  • 1 10 oz tub Philadelphia Cooking Creme {you can also use regular cream cheese if that’s all you have}
  • 2 t. garlic powder
  • 1 T. Italian seasoning {or just throw in some basil, oregano, thyme, etc.}
  • 1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 “sleeve” butter crackers {I used Ritz}
  • 1 T. melted butter

NOTE: If you want to add chicken to make it a full meal, then simply decrease the vegetables to 7-8 cups and add 2-3 cups of cooked, shredded chicken.

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

2. Cook the vegetables in boiling water until somewhat tender {not necessary if using frozen vegetables}

3. Drain vegetables and add in cooking creme {or creme cheese} — stir until melted

4. Add in garlic and other seasonings — mix well

5. Add in  cheddar cheese — stir until melted

6. Transfer mixture into a greased 9 x 13″ pan

7. Crush one sleeve of Ritz crackers into a small bowl

8. Melt the butter in another bowl — pour butter over cracker crumbs and mix well

9. Sprinkled cracker mixture over the vegetables

10. Bake uncovered for about 15 minutes until crackers are golden brown.

Eat and enjoy!

This recipe is so quick and easy — even if you don’t use frozen vegetables, you can still get it on the table in about 30 -40 minutes!

Ok, so make it — and then let me know if your kids loved it!

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12 comments

  1. Holly

    03/26/2011

    Wow, this looks amazing! I’m putting it in my “recipes to try” file! Thanks :)

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    Mandi @ Life Your Way Reply:

    Me too — yum!

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  2. Amy Talsma

    04/21/2011

    Thanks, Andrea! This solved two things… I now have a ‘dish to pass’ for Easter dinner, and a yummy way to use the Kraft Cooking Creme that’s been in my fridge.

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  3. Katie

    06/09/2012

    I made this last night with the chicken and used the Italian herbs flavored cooking creme (I omitted the Italian seasoning). It was so delicious and easy! We all loved it including my 2 year old twins! Keep the simple recipes coming!

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  4. KC

    01/28/2013

    Vegetables are even better when they’re not covered in dairy. A straight up vegetable bake in organic veggie broth with squash, zuchini, potatoes, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, roma tomatoes, kale, and sugar snap peas is a great medley of flavors! Not to mention it packs a huge punch in vitamins and minerals. You even get a good amount of calcium and protein, without all the fat and cholesterol!

    Seriously, how can anyone NOT love veggies?! There is SO much to choose from! :)

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  5. Amanda Melichar

    07/19/2013

    This looks amazing!! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Aa.

    07/24/2013

    I must try this! I surely will on my next menu planned week.

    Another easy recipe: one layer cooked rice or boiled potatoes, one layer shreded boiled chiken, one layer boiled cauliflower and the final layer, bechamel+chese. I found that bechamel can be easily replaced by simple cream, the recipes are delicious too. You bake it in te oven and you get a very delicious meal!

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    Andrea Reply:

    that does sound like a yummy, quick, and simple recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Aa.

    07/24/2013

    You’re welcome! :)

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  8. Jill

    08/12/2013

    When would you freeze this? Before baking or after? If you freeze it before baking, would you recommend adding the cracker topping after it’s thawed on the day you bake it? Also, if using frozen veggies that you don’t have to cook first, would you heat up the cream cheese to get it to melt?

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    Amanda Reply:

    I was wondering when to freeze this as well but I didn’t see it above?

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    Andrea Reply:

    Just freeze it after it’s assembled but before you bake it.

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