25 Easy, Delicious Casseroles That Are Actually Healthy

Healthy Casseroles

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Healthy Casseroles
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Nutrition Baked In

 The casseroles of your childhood might have involved such ingredients as potato chips, tater tots, and a mountain of cheese. There’s nothing wrong with that, but if you want to lighten up some one-dish favorites and pack in some vitamins and minerals, that’s possible, too. Here are casserole recipes that fold in veggies, lean proteins, and tasty toppers that make them satisfying but also good for you. 

Sweet potato in basket on wooden background, top view

Savory Sweet Potato Casserole

Forget the marshmallow and brown sugar version and consider a savory sweet potato casserole instead. Sweet potatoes pack potassium, fiber, and day’s worth of vitamin A. To make it delicious, this recipe adds garlic, maple syrup, and walnuts. Add some microgreens, green onions, or chives on top. 

Recipe: Gimme Some Oven 

broccoli cheese chicken rice

Skinny Chicken Broccoli Casserole

How do you get the whole family to eat broccoli? Cover it in cheese, of course. This casserole combines broccoli for a healthy dose of fiber, iron, and vitamins C and K. Add lean protein in the form of diced chicken. It’s ready in under 30 minutes. Make a little extra and have it for lunch again the next day.

Recipe: Yummy Healthy Easy 

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Roasted Veggie Enchilada Casserole

An easy way to eat a plant-based diet is with fresh, Mexican flavors. This casserole combines cauliflower, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, spinach, and black beans for a flavor explosion. Top with cheese, tortilla chips, cilantro, guacamole, or anything that will please your family. 

Recipe: Cookie + Kate

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Baked Cheese Ravioli Lasagna

Southwestern Lentil and Brown Rice Bake

This is one dish that bakes while you do other things. Lentils are great for heart health because they reduce levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and add blood-pressure-friendly potassium and calcium, and magnesium. Add vitamin-rich tomatoes, chiles, and veggie broth and top with cheese and cilantro if desired. 

Recipe: From A Chef’s Kitchen

Chicken and Rice Casserole

4 Ingredient Chicken Rice Casserole

In five minutes, you can assemble this casserole then pop it in the oven while you do anything other than cook for an hour. Chicken breasts add lean protein and B vitamins. Rice adds a serving of whole grains. Look for low-sodium mushroom soup or consider making your own for B vitamins, vitamin D, selenium, and potassium.

Recipe: Spend With Pennies

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Shredded Chicken Skillet

Southwestern Chicken Casserole

This casserole delivers whole grains, veggies, and protein. Combine white or brown rice, onion, corn, black beans and chicken. Then top with cheese, salsa, green onions, or anything else your stomach desires. 

Recipe: Fit Foodie Finds 

Spinach and Cheese Casserole

Healthy Breakfast Casserole

Assemble baby spinach, bell pepper, hash browns, sausage, and protein-packed eggs for a healthy meal any time of day. Spinach is a plant-based source of iron and calcium. Eating it with the vitamin C in bell pepper increases absorption.

Recipe: Well Plated By Erin  

Homemade Green Bean Casserole topped with French crispy fried onions

Green Bean Casserole

Green beans are available year-round, so why limit yourself to this tasty casserole only at Thanksgiving dinner? This recipe combines fresh green beans, baked onions, and a creamy mushroom sauce for a nutrient-rich casserole. Did you know mushrooms are the only plant food that naturally packs the elusive vitamin D?

Recipe: Love and Lemons

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tuna casserole

Tuna Noodle Casserole

The classic, affordable casserole isn’t so light and healthy, but this twist takes care of that. Pasta, peas, and tuna (which delivers heart-healthy, omega-3 fatty acids) combine to satisfy your comfort food craving.

Recipe: Ambitious Kitchen 

Squash Dressing

Squash Casserole

Yellow squash is rich in vitamins A and C, B vitamins, fiber, and manganese, which helps with bone strength. Combine onion, eggs, and crackers for a healthy dose of vegetables that makes a satisfying side dish.

Recipe: Add a Pinch 

Homemade Tater Tot Hotdish Casserole

Tater Tot Casserole With Veggies

When tater tots are baked with mushrooms, onion, carrots, peas, and corn, it’s a comfort meal to feel good about. Even discerning Minnesotans would be happy to serve this one.

Recipe: It’s a Veg World After All 

Casserole with tomatoes, mushrooms and spinach

Farmers Market Overnight Breakfast Egg Casserole

Mushrooms, green peppers, and tomatoes combine to deliver a pack of vitamins. Eggs contain all nine essential amino acids. Whether you start your day with this casserole or have it for dinner, it is a healthy and satisfying meal.

Recipe: Two Healthy Kitchens

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Egg rolls or spring rolls fried.Traditional Chinese Thai restaurant appetizer, spring rolls or egg rolls. Made from wonton wrappers and filled with Chinese veggies and served w/ chili dipping sauce.

Egg Roll Casserole

Egg rolls are full of veggies and this new take is no different. Start with a coleslaw mix, add pea pods, grated carrots, and onion. Adding some Chinese noodles gives it a satisfying crunch. Plus, it’s ready in half an hour.

Recipe: 12 Tomatoes

Smoked chickpeas stew. Delicious vegetarian lunch on a rustic wooden background, top view

Harissa Chickpea Hotdish

This vegan casserole is so satisfying and healthy! It combines chickpeas, celery, tomatoes, and onion, then tops it with everyone’s favorite casserole ingredient: tater tots. Add a sprinkle of feta, if you like.

Recipe: My Name Is Yeh 

Zucchini and potatoe casserole with cheese,  vegetarian food.

Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Casserole

Garlic, onion, eggs, and mozzarella complement, but the real star of the show is freshly grated zucchini. Fun fact: Cooking zucchini and having it with a little bit of fat helps increase vitamin A absorption over eating it raw. 

Recipe: The Seasoned Mom 

Crispy homemade frito pie with beef, cheese, corn, beans and chips close-up in a baking dish. Horizontal top view

Crock-Pot Mexican Casserole

The only thing easier than a casserole is one made in a slow cooker. Set it with black beans, quinoa, and ground turkey or chicken and forget it. When it’s time to eat, add your toppings and enjoy. Quinoa is a high-protein plant food with filling fiber and all nine essential amino acids.

Recipe: Well Plated By Erin 

Pasta baked in a tomato pesto sauce with cheese, herbs and pepperoni. Spicy Pizza Pasta

Pizza Casserole

You can make this recipe your own with your favorite pizza toppings like sliced bell peppers, fresh mushrooms, and olives. Mix in pasta, cheese, and diced tomatoes and bake. Olives are high in antioxidant vitamin E and heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids.

Recipe: Home Made Interest 

Cauliflower mac and cheese on the brown wooden table, top view

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

We’d never ask you to skip the pasta, but with a cheese sauce this good, you might not even miss it. Cauliflower gets smothered in cheddar and Monterey Jack, and a couple ounces of cream cheese for good measure. 

Recipe: That Low Carb Life 

Teriyaki Chicken buddha bowl lunch with rice, broccoli and red bell pepper

Teriyaki Chicken Casserole

This one includes brown sugar, but with the potential to add a ton of veggies, we’ll let that go. Combine your favorite stir-fry veggies (broccoli, carrots, snow peas, and bean sprouts) with brown rice, lean chicken, and some aromatics (ginger and garlic) for a crave-worthy casserole.

Recipe: Life in the Lofthouse

Related: 50 Cheap and Easy Chicken Recipes

Raw black wild rice

Wild Rice Casserole

More of a grass than a rice, wild rice has a nutty, chewy texture that adds something special to your casserole. It’s low in fat, but high in fiber, protein, and the amino acid lysine. It’s great in a casserole with mushroom, celery, onion, and slivered almonds, then topped with a bit of cheddar.

Recipe: Food.

Related: 20 Cheap and Easy Ways to Use Rice

Moussaka (eggplant casserole) - a traditional Greek dish

Eggplant Casserole

Eggplant, mushrooms, tomatoes — with these veggies topped with garlic, fresh herbs, and some grated parmesan, you know it’s going to be good and healthy.

Recipe: Girl Gone Gourmet 

Baked oatmeal with berries and chocolate in a white dish.

Baked Oatmeal Casserole

If you don’t like mushy oatmeal, baked oatmeal is the solution. Oats keep their shape and still pack fiber, protein, and a slew of vitamins and minerals. The soluble fiber in oats acts like a little sponge, sucking up “bad” cholesterol and getting rid of it. Make it even healthier by stirring in nut butter and chopped fruit.

Recipe: The Worktop 

Eggplant, chicken, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce casserole on a light background, top view

Ground Beef Casserole

Flavor extra lean ground beef with Italian seasoning, onion powder, and garlic. Then add diced tomatoes and top with a sprinkle of cheese. Make it even healthier with a side of steamed broccoli. Cooked tomatoes deliver a more powerful nutrition punch than raw. Lycopene, the phytochemical that makes tomatoes red and antioxidants increase with heat. 

Recipe: The Seasoned Mom 

Casserole with chicken, eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes. Cooking process.

Zucchini Lasagna

This dish combines everything that makes lasagna delicious: ricotta, mozzarella, and marinara. Then, it adds a twist: zucchini “noodles.” The recipe leaves room for plenty of variations. Choose ground turkey for a leaner alternative to beef or sausage. Use sliced eggplant or summer squash instead of zucchini. And then add in cooked mushrooms, spinach, or artichoke hearts. Yum!

Recipe: Dinner at the Zoo

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Baked brussel sprout gratin with a bacon and bread crumbs

Brussels Sprouts Casserole with Bacon

You didn’t think we’d go a whole slideshow and deprive you of bacon, did you? When combined with the star power of Brussels sprouts, (Potassium! Vitamin A! Fiber! Protein! Vitamin C!) we’re not the slightest bit concerned about adding some crowd-pleasing bacon to the dish.

Recipe: Hip Foodie Mom

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