Casseroles are making a comeback. And they damn well should. What could be easier than tossing together any combination of protein, carbs, and veggies into one dish? OK, ordering takeout maybe, but this is pretty close. You’ll also have lasting leftovers that don’t get old—when it comes to taste anyway.
These one-pot wonders were made popular in the 1950s—but (unfortunately) took a turn for the worse when processed foods started popping up in the 70s. Now the casserole is back, and these 23 healthy and delicious recipes are proof.
Alarm clocks become much more enjoyable when you know you’re waking up to pumpkin-y goodness. And with only a few tablespoons of brown sugar, this morning treat really isn’t too sweet. Looking for an extra health kick? Skip the pumpkin butter and use a puree instead.
Sweet, savory, and tart, this casserole covers all flavor preferences. Not to mention it serves up a hearty helping of fiber. For those with leftover apples, make this recipe to get that fruit off your hands.
Not a morning person? This dish will give you a boost. It’s packed with veggies, cheese, and a touch of savory pancetta, so don’t be surprised if you’re feeling totally energized all the way through lunchtime. Convenience tip: This blogger uses Sartori Montamore, but feel free to substitute a hard cheese like Parmesan.
Ever wonder what biting into heaven tastes like? We think it’d be similar to this sweet casserole. Bursting with raspberries, the decadent treat (err, we mean breakfast?) is hard to beat. Yes, we meant to rhyme there.
Few things rival starting the day with a sunrise… and a Bloody Mary. But when eggs are served sunny-side up, who needs the sun? With layers of crisp corn tortillas, black beans, and cheese, you’re basically eating a next-level version of huevos rancheros and you’ll like it.
So you may not wake up craving spinach and crimini mushrooms, but this casserole is sure to top your go-to yogurt parfait. With crumbles of feta hidden in a bed of eggs, veggies, and goat cheese, eating breakfast will go from ho-hum to yum.
Why fill up on a latte when a protein-rich slice of pumpkin spice latte quinoa breakfast casserole is an option? (See ya, Starbucks!). Even caffeine lovers can rejoice: This recipe is pumped with just enough coffee to provide a little buzz.
If you like bacon, raise your hand. How about potatoes and chicken? Your hands are probably still raised. This comfort-food casserole might be rich, but when those cold winter nights are calling for a night in by the fire, you’ll want to make this dish.
Who wouldn’t want a fiesta for lunch? Well, some may prefer a siesta, but even they would love this flavorful casserole—which is bursting with spinach, cherry tomatoes, black beans, quinoa, and shredded lean chicken.
Greek yogurt and almond milk create a creamy base for this classic casserole dish. Chicken and broccoli flavored with cheese and breadcrumbs (and a whole slew of spices) will bring you right back to Mom’s kitchen.
Getting fancy in the kitchen can be fun (if you’re into that sort of thing), but for those of us who struggle to channel our inner Martha Stewart, this simple combo of wild rice, caramelized mushrooms, and kale put lunch on the table without all the frills.
Spaghetti squash has a reputation for being the fave pasta imitator, but in this recipe, it’s all about the sweet potato. The veggie transforms into rice (with the help of a kitchen gadget) and then paired with broccoli and a creamy homemade (or store-bought) pesto.
Just when you think taco and lasagna can’t be part of the same sentence, we go and bring you this. Bursting with black beans, corn, peppers, and lean ground turkey, this meaty dish is only missing hot sauce. Feel free to add it (actually, definitely add it).
Chicken and wild rice might sound boring, but this casserole is anything but. Fruit, veggies, protein, and grains come together in a convenient one-stop-shop dish for your busiest nights.
Ah, it’s like a dish that keeps on giving. There are so many secrets tucked into this casserole, but all of the attention really belongs to the freshness of the tomatoes, spinach, and eggplant. To learn the other secrets, you’ll just have to make it.
Get out that cast iron skillet because things are about to heat up—Cajun style. Jalapeños, vitamin-rich garlic, and spices give quinoa and shrimp a kick, while just one cup of Fontina cheese tempers the heat and satisfies those creamy cravings.
No canned, condensed goop here. Instead, fill up on wholesome Midwestern freshness with 2 percent milk, reduced-sodium chicken broth, Gruyere cheese, broccoli, quinoa, and chicken. The recipe creator was right when she called it “a big gentle hug loaded with good-for-you ingredients.”
Spinach artichoke dip lovers, rejoice! Your favorite app can now be enjoyed as dinner. Quinoa delivers a high dose of protein, and plain nonfat Greek yogurt keeps it light and creamy. And we can’t forget those hearty spinach greens. Feeling ambitious? Switch out the frozen spinach and jarred artichoke hearts for fresh goods.
Imagine a casserole with all the bacon-y, chive-y, cheesy, sour creamy goodness of a loaded baked potato, but with less fat and way more health benefits. Now feast your eyes on this dish, which replaces the starchy spuds with nutrient-rich cauliflower. To make it even healthier, substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream.
When chili alone won’t get the job done, turn to a casserole overflowing with corn, ground beef, black beans, and kale. While kale may not seem like the usual add-in to Tex-Mex dishes, the leafy green complements the flavor and ups the nutrients. Topping it with a slice or two (or five) of avocado is not a bad idea either.
You guys. We’re just going to say it right now: You’re welcome for this recipe. Barbecue and enchilada sauce on top of sweet potatoes and shredded chicken (and then do that again) basically means it’s layers of heaven in one pan. Jump in and see for yourself.
Try to picture every nutritious vegetable possible. Guess what? Almost all of them are in this recipe. With onions, lentils, spinach, brown rice, and coconut milk, this casserole is a vegan’s dream come true.
Welcome to Team Cabbage, because you’re about to fall in love with this cruciferous veg. Minced onion and garlic combine in a tomato sauce that perfectly complements chopped cabbage, brown rice, and ground beef. Consider using brown rice and lean ground turkey for a lighter option.
Originally published July 2014. Updated August 2016.