For busy people without a lot of extra time to spare, casseroles can be lifesavers. Easy to prepare, delicious to eat, and hearty enough to satisfy all kinds of eaters, this one-dish meal are the perfect thing to pack for a lunch or to re-heat for dinner.
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Whether you’re figuring out your work lunches for the weekdays ahead, or want to whip up a big dish to take to the next potluck, casseroles are crowd-pleasers with a one-two flavor-nutrition punch. These versions are healthier, too, so you’ll stay on track while pleasing your tastebuds!
1. Skinny Cheeseburger Casserole
Tend to your cheeseburger craving while keeping things on the lighter side with this cheesy casserole. With ingredients like whole wheat pasta, lean ground beef, and reduced-fat cheddar cheese, you’ll keep the calorie count to 258 per serving, but sacrifice no flavor. Family-friendly and easily packable for either work or a picnic, this recipe’s a winner.
2. Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole
Just because you eat healthier doesn’t mean you no longer crave decadent foods. Have your pizza and eat it too with this low-carb, gluten-free casserole that combines a cheesy cauliflower base with pepperoni topping for a real pizza feel. It may be only 207 calories per serving, but it sure doesn’t taste like it. (Recipe from IBreatheImHungry.com)
3. Healthy Mexican Casserole
This vegetarian casserole is perfect for those days when you’re craving Mexican food but don’t want a 700-calorie restaurant meal. Make your own delicious Mexican feast for only 237 calories per serving. The peppers and chili powder provide some heat, so break this out on a day when you’re in a fiery mood. (Recipe from PinchOfYum.com)
4. Broccoli Quinoa Casserole
Here’s another vegetarian recipe that’s high on both flavor and nutrition. Although there are more calories (491) in this dish than others on this list, it’s also packed with superfoods like spinach, broccoli and quinoa. Eat this for lunch and hit your green veggie quotient for the day. (Recipe from EatGood4Life.com)
5. Greek-Style Vegetable Casserole
Go the less traditional route and whip up this Mediterranean-inspired medley of veggies, spices, and feta. The recipe makes six servings, so make enough for the family or take your lunches to work all week. This is a light dish with a lot of flavor, so enjoy. (Recipe from BonAppetit.com)
6. White Chicken Enchilada Casserole
If you’re in the mood for something creamy, cheesy, spicy but healthy, try this lightened-up casserole. The secret to the creamy base? Greek yogurt or sour cream. (Note: The recipe calls for specific brand names on products, but feel free to use whatever brands you’d like.) Lunch is served! (Recipe from GimmeSomeOven.com)