Who doesn't love a dish that allows you to mix some of your favorite foods into one hot delicious meal? While most traditional casseroles have cheese and cream as a base, we've chosen healthier recipes that exclude these fatty additions. And with ingredients such as quinoa, kasha and currants, these casseroles promise to stand apart from any you've tried before.
1. Brown Rice, Currant and Walnut Casserole by Michele Urvater
For a sweet, tangy option, try this recipe, which has brown rice as a healthy base. You can add ham, lamb or turkey — a great use for leftovers — or chickpeas for protein.
Per serving: 357 calories, 2g saturated fat, 34g carbohydrates, 29g protein, 6g fiber
2. Slow-Baked Cannellini with Olives, Escarole and Gremolata by Lorna Sass
Mushrooms, leeks and garlic add wonderful flavor to this casserole. It has a nice creamy texture thanks to the slow-cooked beans.
Per serving: 380 calories, 2g saturated fat, 54g carbohydrates, 17g protein, 19g fiber
3.Vegetable Moussaka by Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner
A variation on the Greek classic, this moussaka includes lentils instead of lamb, and yogurt in place of cream sauce. Consider serving it with a fresh green salad.
Per serving: 361 calories, 5g saturated fat, 39g carbohydrates, 17g protein, 15g fiber
4. Kasha and Mushroom Casserole by Michele Urvater
This is a hearty Russian-inspired recipe that's easy to convert to a vegetarian meal by substituting vegetable broth for the chicken broth and omitting the ham.
Per serving: 449 calories, 7g saturated fat, 43g carbohydrates, 31g protein, 6g fiber
5. Ratatouille by Beth Hensperger and Julie Kaufmann
We love having a versatile recipe like this one on hand: Add or omit vegetables as you like, and adjust cooking time depending on how firm you want your veggies.
Per serving: 248 calories, 3g saturated fat, 20g carbohydrates, 5g protein, 8g fiber
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