5 Popular and Healthy Casseroles

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Casseroles are one of the most versatile, delicious, and comforting dishes to eat. Casseroles are great for any occasion, can be prepped or cooked ahead of time, and are easy to make with ingredients that you probably already have in your refrigerator. These dishes are a mom’s best friend. Whenever we need to comfort someone in their time of need, our first instinct is to make sure they are fed. When someone has a family member pass away, traditionally people cook for them. A casserole is a great option. Try out one of the following casseroles for something new tonight or if you need an idea of something to make for someone else!

Broccoli Casserole

If you struggle to get your kids, or husband, to eat veggies, broccoli casserole may be a game changer. Hide mushrooms, onions, and Greek yogurt in this casserole. It’s super healthy, but also super cheesy and creamy. So, the kids and dads love it. There are also many different variations of broccoli casserole. You can make it with Ritz crackers, or breadcrumbs, use canned cream of mushroom soup, or make a from-scratch soup mix. Or make broccoli casserole with pasta, shaped like smiley faces and covered in lots of cheese. Broccoli casserole is also a great option for vegetarians because it is a complex dish, rather than just eating raw broccoli sticks with ranch dressing.

Crab Casserole

Anyone in New England is quick to let you know that crab casserole is one of their favorite home-cooked dishes. Crab casserole is also a popular southern dish, especially in Louisiana, and commonly seen in Chinese restaurants in America. Maryland Deviled Crab Casserole is a fluffy, savory casserole where the crab is dressed with earthy flavors, like sage, onion, old bay seasoning, and Worcestershire sauce. Breadcrumbs and crackers are also used in this classic New England casserole. Another way to prepare a crab casserole is, what some call, Chinese Buffet Style with lots of sour cream and cheese, making it super creamy and definitely a guilty pleasure meal.

Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast casserole is the best way to start your day - morning, noon, or night. The casserole almost always has hash browns or potatoes and eggs in it, but you can choose sausage, bacon, ham, veggies, cheeses, or top it with gravy! There are so many different ways to make a breakfast casserole. You could eat a different kind every day for at least a month and not get bored. In fact, not all breakfast casseroles even have eggs in them. There are cinnamon roll and French toast breakfast casseroles that are super sweet and can be made without any protein at all. Pancake breakfast casseroles can be fruity and have oatmeal in them. One of the most popular breakfast casseroles, and easiest to make, is a simple tater tot casserole with frozen tots, crumbled sausage, and shredded cheese, smothered in white gravy.

Taco Casserole

Taco casserole is always a family pleaser. This is also a great option for office potlucks. Serve it with fresh tomatoes and lettuce, if you like it that way, on the side. If you sprinkle it on top, and don’t finish it all, reheated lettuce makes for terrible leftovers. Another reason that taco casserole is so awesome is because it is another versatile casserole. You can make vegetarian versions, or beef, chicken, and pork versions. There are versions with tater tots, chips, pasta, and spicy or mild sauces. The options are nearly endless when it comes to taco casserole, which is also sometimes called taco bake, taco spaghetti, or taco lasagna.

Chicken Casserole

Chicken is one of the go-to proteins for families in the United States. It is readily available anywhere and affordable for most people. Chicken is also an ingredient that is easy to work with and can be used many ways. Chicken casserole can mean so many different things, depending on who you are. It may mean chicken broccoli rice casserole topped with Ritz crackers. Or it could look like chicken ‘n dumplings casserole or creamy chicken noodle casserole, or even BBQ bacon ranch chicken casserole. No matter your preferred chicken casserole, the thought of this dish brings a memory of a home-cooked meal with it. Chicken casseroles are hearty, warm the soul, and always make you feel better if you are sick or feeling down. These five casseroles are always sure to be crowd pleasers and have so many variations that you will never get bored with them. Which are you going to make first?