9 Healthy & Delicious Casserole Recipes to Make This Fall
Published on August 9, 2021
Raise your hand if you can’t remember the last time you turned on your oven? We’re not saying that’s a bad thing — after all, summer is the time for all the salads, grilled everything, and (obviously) ice cream. But, if you’re ready to get back in the kitchen, or even if you’re thinking you might be ready to get back in the kitchen, these healthy casseroles are a great place to start.
We know that casseroles can be heavy and rich (and sometimes that’s exactly what you need). But that’s just one definition of the dish. Casseroles can be healthy, too. Pack them with vegetables, load them with whole grains and lean protein, and casseroles become a nutritious choice at the dinner table.
Here are 10 healthy casseroles that prove it.
1. Mexican Chicken Casserole from Well Plated by Erin
This cheesy casserole is packed with protein thanks to a mix of chicken, black beans, Greek yogurt, and quinoa tucked inside. If you can’t find a can of fire-roasted tomatoes, regular diced tomatoes work just as well.
2. Better Broccoli Casserole from Cookie + Kate
This healthy take on broccoli casserole leans on loads of roasted broccoli, quinoa, milk and cheddar cheese, and garlicky breadcrumbs to finish. We think it’s even more satisfying than the O.G. version. Give it a try with cauliflower, too, if you like.
3. Healthy Tuna Noodle Casserole from Ambitious Kitchen
To make this tuna noodle casserole even more nutritious, try using whole wheat dried pasta instead of regular dried pasta. It will add fiber and extra vitamins and minerals.
4. Spaghetti Squash Casserole from Spend With Pennies
Swapping spaghetti squash for regular spaghetti makes this casserole a friendly choice for those following a low-carb diet. However, just about everyone will enjoy how cheesy and comforting it is.
Whole wheat pasta and loads of veggies make this a lighter take. Make it even lighter by using ground turkey or ground chicken instead of ground beef. Or leave the meat out completely and try swapping in black beans for a vegetarian take.
6. Wild Rice Chicken Casserole from The Roasted Root
There is a lot of room for adaptations in this wholesome recipe. Use brown rice instead of wild rice, swap cauliflower and peppers for carrots and celery, or use ghee instead of butter to make it 100% dairy-free.
7. Roasted Vegetable & Feta Cheese Quinoa Bake from Happy Veggie Kitchen
This vegetarian casserole comes together without fuss in an oven-safe skillet. Serve it with a simple green salad and dinner couldn’t be easier.
Replace pasta with cauliflower florets and you have a gluten-free, vegetable-heavy twist on macaroni and cheese that’s no less comforting.
9. Teriyaki Chicken Casserole from Life in the Lofthouse
Our favorite thing about this flavorful casserole? It can be prepped and frozen for up to two months. When you’re ready to eat, just let it thaw in the fridge overnight and bake as directed.