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Casseroles kind of get a bad rap, don’t you think? I’ve been known to be a bit prejudiced myself against tuna casserole. And yes, they can be a place where leftovers hook up with a can of cream of chicken soup to make some bad decisions.
But I think there is a lot to be said for a one-pot dinner that is warm and wonderful and then is even better the next day cold with more blended flavors. Plus, casseroles are easy to pack up and take to the sick, new mommies or anyone having a rough day. Yes, I think I am a fan of the casserole, given a few provisions.
1. Use as many veggies as possible. You can probably add in an extra half cup of veggies (pureed if you like–my favorite is fresh spinach chopped in the food processor) to anything without anyone noticing.
2. Skip the chicken soup. Here’s a great homemade cream of chicken recipe that can be subbed in!
3. Use whole grain. Swap whole wheat noodles for regular, brown rice for white, etc.
4. Go easy on the cheese. A lot of times cheese is the binding agent, but you can almost always use less cheese and still have a delicious result: try reducing cheese by a third and I bet you won’t even notice it. You can also use less of a stronger cheese, like sharp cheddar to not loose any flavor.
So here is a quick rundown of four of my favorite healthy and family friendly casseroles.
Easy Cheesy Squash Casserole–a great side and way to use up excess summer squash!
Creamy Chicken Enchilada Pie–I love how easy this is and the creaminess comes from Greek yogurt!
Deconstructed Stuffed Green Pepper Casserole–I love that the bell pepper is all chopped up and mixed in!
Chicken and Kale Casserole–If you don’t like or don’t have kale, try subbing spinach for a milder flavor, while still getting lots of nutrients!
Check out Healthy & Family Friendly Casseroles
by Katie Miller Scott at Foodie.com
You can check out the full slideshow, with 12 scrumptious casserole recipes on Foodie.com as well. I love building recipe collections on Foodie, because the recipe is right there–no clicking to another site!
Do you love or hate casseroles? What’s your favorite casserole recipe?
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