9 Healthy & Delicious Casserole Recipes to Make This Fall

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September 7, 2022
healthy mexican chicken casserole with avocado slices
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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.

While casseroles can be heavy and rich (sometimes that’s exactly what you need), casseroles can also 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 our favorite healthy casseroles that prove it.

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1. Mexican Chicken Casserole

healthy mexican chicken casserole with avocado slices

Courtesy of Well Plated

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.

Try the recipe from Well Plated.

2. Better Broccoli Casserole

a bowl of broccoli casserole

Courtesy of Cookie and Kate

This healthy take on broccoli casserole leans on loads of roasted broccoli, quinoa, milk, 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.

Try the recipe from Cookie and Kate.

3. Healthy Tuna Noodle Casserole

cooked healthy tuna noodle in a small casserole dish

Courtesy of 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.

Try the recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.

4. Spaghetti Squash Casserole

A spoonful of healthy spaghetti squash casserole

Courtesy of 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.

Try the recipe from Spend With Pennies.

5. Healthier Cheeseburger Macaroni Casserole

a bowl of healthier cheeseburger casserole

Courtesy of Celebrating Sweets

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.

Try the recipe from Celebrating Sweets.

6. Wild Rice Chicken Casserole

chicken and rice healthy casserole ready to serve

Courtesy of 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.

Try the recipe from The Roasted Root.

7. Roasted Vegetable & Feta Cheese Quinoa Bake

roasted vegetables with feta and quinoa in a dutch oven

Courtesy of 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.

Try the recipe from Happy Veggie Kitchen.

8. Cauliflower “Mac” and Cheese

a bowl of cauliflower mac and cheese

Courtesy of Skinnytaste

Replace pasta with cauliflower florets and you have a gluten-free, vegetable-heavy twist on macaroni and cheese that’s no less comforting.

Try the recipe from Skinnytaste.

9. Teriyaki Chicken Casserole

scooping healthy teriyaki chicken casserole

Courtesy of Life in the Lifehouse

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.

Try the recipe from Life in the Lifehouse.

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