All hail the casserole!
What’s not to love? They’re quick and easy meals that are the epitome of comfort food. They can be doubled–even tripled–frozen, and shared. However, they frequently get a bad wrap for being too creamy, too caloric, or too gloppy; but as is often the way in life, you just have to be selective.
Listed from “kindest to your waistline” to “be mindful of your portion size” are casseroles to rock your dinner menu.
This casserole has a freshness about it that makes it perfect even in the heat of summer, but the brown rice and cheese still lets it linger in the comfort food category. If you’re anti-glop, this is the casserole for you.
Next up is this beefy, cheesy deliciousness. This recipe is the bomb because it is stick to your ribs satisfying without adding bounce to your booty. One sixth of this casserole is about 345 calories. Doesn’t hurt that it’s super easy and convenient to make, too.
This weeknight casserole is so great because it’s made with UNCOOKED chicken, a real time saver. Bonus is that everyone loves this casserole for the taste . . . and for the fact it runs around 300 calories per cup. If you’re thinking you can just find this recipe on the back of the stuffing box, you would be close to correct. I added a secret flavor-boosting ingredient. Check it out.
While this casserole lands firmly in the land of comfort food, it’s not too terrible on the calories when you use turkey meatballs. I calculated on My Fitness Pal that one very generous serving containing 3.0 ounces of meatballs, one biscuit, 0.2 cups sauce, and 1 ounce of cheese was 470 calories. If you split the casserole evenly into ninths, the calorie count is about 300. Not too bad for something that is so satisfying.
Okay, this one is a full-on classic cream soup casserole or hotdish as it’s known in Minnesota. No, neither one of us is from Minnesota, but it’s whatever. We have no idea how many calories is in this one, but that’s probably for the best.
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-Ellen and Erin
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