3-Layer “Cheesy” Sweet Potato Pesto Casserole

PZVM6259HAPPY ALMOST THANKSGIVING, and Day 1 of “Hunting Thanksgiving”– aka a series of a few posts about the jolly old holiday coming up next week.

You, like myself, may be thinking “HOLY GUACAMOLE HOW IS IT ALREADY THANKSGIVING?!”. Well, to help ease that strain I am here to give you a few easy recipes that will help you 1. Feed your guests 2. Eat healthy over the holiday 3. EAT DARN DELICIOUS FOOD!

Guys, it really has been a great week. My research proposal was approved, I got a new HuntingHanger logo, saw good friends, made a few recipes, and my boyfriend visited for 4 whole dayzz. WOOO! Thats what I call good.

This recipe was inspired by some family- when I was younger they came to Thanksgiving with a super easy, delicious dish that I was obsessed with (even early in high school)! The recipe was simple: Baked & smashed sweet potato, pesto, parmesan cheese- layered once or a few times, then warmed in the oven until the cheese melted. And boy oh boy was is good warm… and cold (I grew up a cold pizza girl, what can I say).

So I decided to recreate this goodness in a dairy-free way for those who are lactose intolerant and are missing out on this tastebud explosion.

Don’t worry, it is still simple, but packed with way more veggies and nutrients!


2 cups boiled & mashed sweet potato or butternut squash (or a combo)

1 cup paleo cheese sauce

1/2-1 cup dairy free spinach pesto (depending on how much you like pesto)


For the pesto: (throw all the ingredients into a food processor, makes just over a cup)

1/2 cup avocado

1/2 cup spinach

1 1/2 cup basil

1/2 cup pine nuts

2 gloves garlic

1 tbsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

1/3 cup olive oil

Once you have the sauces and the boiled & mashed sweet potato/squash… all you need to do is LAYER! That. Is. It. Sweet potato, then ‘cheese’, then pesto. Then place into the oven or toaster oven to warm. Although not required, I highly suggest butter roasting some pecans and throwing those on top. The crunch just adds a little extra UMPH. 




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And there you go, a delicious casserole full of good fats, veggies, & protein (all the nuts)!



I hope you guys get to try out this recipe in time for Thanksgiving, or for any other fall/winter holidays you may be celebrating!




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