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
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
Butternut squash lasagna
Creamy chicken, quinoa and broccoli bowl
Spicy chili and cornmeal casserole
Eggplant, chickpea, tomato casserole
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.