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.
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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.
View Recipe: Mexican Chicken Casserole with Charred Tomato Salsa
This one-dish meal is a cross between a vegetarian calzone and the classic Greek dish spanakopita.
View Recipe: Spinach-Feta Calzone Casserole
Not only is this casserole a good source of niacin (mainly from the chicken), but one serving also supplies about 60 percent
of your daily calcium needs. Fresh corn and corn tortillas offer an ample amount of folate, too.
View Recipe: Chicken Poblano Casserole
This zucchini eggplant lasagna makes use of fresh summer produce in a filling meatless entrée.
View Recipe: Zucchini Eggplant Lasagna
Creamy and savory collide in a wonderful way. Everyone gathered around your table will love this one.
View Recipe: Sausage and Polenta Breakfast Casserole
Although the yellow and green squash give this chicken and rice casserole a colorful appearance, you can use one or the other,
if you prefer.
View Recipe: Chicken and Rice Casserole
This is a casserole version of the classic individual pastries. It's much quicker to assemble with less fuss, and it's just
View Recipe: Swiss Chard Spanakopita Casserole
Zesty, creamy and loaded with chicken, it's no wonder why this Mexican chicken casserole is one of our top-rated recipes.
View Recipe: Mexican Chicken Casserole
You can assemble the spinach and cheese casserole in less than 10 minutes by using preshredded cheeses.
View Recipe: Spinach-Cheese Bake
While the sauce cooks, shred the chicken. For a spicy kick, top with chopped jalapeños.
View Recipe: 20-Minute Chicken Enchiladas
Great for breakfast or dinner, this casserole is easy to make and great as leftovers, too!
View Recipe: Salmon and Potato Casserole
A few spoonfuls of cream cheese give this casserole a velvety texture. Garnish with a sprig of fresh parsley, if you like.
View Recipe: Shrimp and Grits Casserole
Fresh spinach, chicken, and a combination of cheeses make this dish comforting enough for the last days of winter yet fresh
enough for the first days of spring. You can also cook the pasta mixture in individual 8-ounce ramekins, and bake for 15 minutes.
View Recipe: Three-Cheese Chicken Penne Florentine
Use cauliflower or roasted peppers if your meal recipients don't like zucchini. For an extra special gift, give in small,
individual ceramic dishes for your friends to keep.
View Recipe: Penne Rigate with Spicy Sausage and Zucchini in Tomato Cream Sauce
Ricotta, parmesan, and mozzarella combine to give this lasagna an irresistible gooey factor. Store-bought tomato sauce offers
convenience and is perked up with a little fresh basil, garlic, and ground red pepper.
View Recipe: Three-Cheese Lasagna
The walnuts in this gratin offer a crunchy contrast to the roasted vegetables and cheesy rice mixture, while the splash of
half-and-half adds creamy richness. The rice mixture can be made ahead and refrigerated. When ready to prepare, bring to room
temperature, spoon into the baking dish, and proceed as directed at the end of step 5.
View Recipe: Cheesy Brown Rice Gratin with Zucchini and Eggplant
Your family will adore the down-home comfort of this surprisingly simple and oh-so-flavorful recipe.
View Recipe: Baked Shrimp with Tomatoes
Buy lamb loin chops, and have the butcher remove the meat from the bones in the store. The lean, tender meat cooks quickly,
and it’ll stay moist in this speedy take on a comfort classic.
View Recipe: Fast Shepherd's Pie
This rich, creamy twist on traditional chicken paella gets an alluring Spanish accent from smoky cured chorizo and the unmistakable
fragrance and flavor of saffron.
View Recipe: Spanish Chicken and Rice with Saffron Cream
Very few things embody comfort food like this hearty, warming mushroom and bacon casserole.
View Recipe: Mushroom & Bacon Casserole
"Fresh" is a word not often associated with lasagna, yet that's exactly the sensation this one offers. Sweet-as-candy grape
tomatoes burst and release their moisture and flavor, while earthy-bitter broccoli rabe and milder Broccolini balance the
View Recipe: Lasagna with Grape Tomatoes and Broccoli Rabe
Up the veg, cut the cream, and drop 234 calories with our lightened-up version of the classic Tetrazzini.
View Recipe: Chicken Tetrazzini
Traditional creamy chicken casserole can have more than 800 calories per serving, but we’re serving up this classic comfort
dish with a fraction of the calories.
View Recipe: Mom's Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole
Broiling the eggplant coaxes out a deeper, more complex flavor. We like to keep the antioxidant-packed skin on, but feel free
to peel the eggplant before broiling. You can garnish the dish with extra basil leaves.
View Recipe: Cheesy Vegetable Moussaka
Lemon rind brightens the sauce, making for a more delicate lasagna. To save salt, frozen artichokes contain a quarter of the
sodium of canned, which are usually packed in brine.
View Recipe: Creamy Artichoke and Asparagus Lasagna