MyPlate-Inspired Casseroles

Enjoy our favorite MyPlate-inspired casseroles, which use everything from zucchini and eggplant to sausage and cheese to create well-rounded, healthy, and delicious dishes.

Mexican Chicken Casserole with Charred Tomato Salsa
Photo: Randy Mayor

Nutritious Casseroles

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Traditionally a healthy diet faux pas, our collection of casseroles uses lighter, nutritionally healthier ingredients for a variety of exciting and tasty dishes. A one-dish meal option, casseroles are an ideal way to load up on protein and nutrient-rich veggies without a lot of prep time in the kitchen.  

First up is our Mexican Chicken Casserole with Charred Tomato Salsa. Instead of the usual jarred salsa often called for in Mexican casserole, this recipe features a homemade salsa made with charred tomatoes that are mixed with cilantro and fresh lime juice. Charring the tomatoes gives a rich flavor to the salsa, which is a good match for this chicken-and-veggie-packed dish.

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