Winter grub: Hearty and healthy casseroles




When temperatures fall and the sun sets early, nothing is more comforting, or easier to prepare, than hearty casserole dishes. But we don’t want to forgo good health simply to please our taste buds. These casserole dishes ring high on the comfort food meter, but they’re also healthy and delicious. Make a few and freeze—you’ll have work dinners for a month!

 

Rice ball casserole

Arancini, or rice balls, are often breaded and fried. But in this flavor-filled casserole version, you get the same cheesy rice dish without the extra fat. From Skinny Taste.

 

Slow cooker beef and barley soup

Not quite a casserole, but a hearty dish that will warm you right up. This soup provides the tasty flavor of beef without going overboard on the red meat, and is a great source of whole grains. From Emily Bites.

 

Teriyaki chicken and rice

Here’s a unique twist on a casserole—teriyaki style. With canned pineapple, frozen veggies, and brown rice, these ingredients are easy to have on hand and will take care of that fix for tasty teriyaki without the calories. From Emily Bites.

 

Mexican baked spaghetti squash

Spaghetti squash makes a great base for just about anything. Here, it takes on Mexican spices, black beans, and corn for a low-carb, but flavor-filled meal. From Baked In.

 

Butternut squash lasagna

This lasagna is packed with nutrition. Butternut squash, spinach, and caramelized onions make for a refreshing change from your run-of-the-mill meat and cheese lasagna dishes. From My Recipes.

 

Creamy chicken, quinoa and broccoli bowl

Baked chicken and heart-healthy quinoa give you the ultimate protein-rich meal in this casserole. Add in your green veggies and you’ve got a beautiful, well-rounded meal. From Pinch of Yum.

 

Mushroom casserole

The meatiness of mushrooms combined with protein-packed cottage cheese and the tang of sour cream yields a creamy, hearty, vegetarian casserole. From 101 Cookbooks.

 

Spicy chili and cornmeal casserole

Follow this chili recipe, or make your favorite version, then top it with polenta mixed with cheddar and jalapenos for a Latin American-inspired shepherd’s pie. From the Food Network.

 

Eggplant, chickpea, tomato casserole

This Middle Eastern inspired dish includes meaty eggplant, chickpeas for protein and a chunky tomato sauce with a hint of cinnamon. From the New York Times.

 

Macaroni and beef casserole

You may remember a certain childhood box of macaroni and spices that you simply added ground beef to. Well this is a homemade version that will bring you back to those days. You can prep this one ahead of time, then bring to room temperature and bake when ready. From Food and Wine.

 


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