Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday Favorites: Five Favorite Casserole Recipes

There's a new section in the recipe archives for Casseroles, and these are five of my favorites.
Last week I created a new section in the recipe archives for Casseroles, something a few people had asked for through the years, and I thought it would be fun to announce it by spotlighting a few of my favorite casseroles.  When I was teaching school, I'd make a casserole nearly every weekend and divide it into containers to take for lunches during the week.  I know casseroles are a family-friendly dish, and I'm committed to finding more casserole options that are also South Beach Diet Friendly.

That said, I want to confess that one reason I was slow to create a Casseroles section may have been because some of the casseroles I posted in the earliest days of the blog used ingredients like canned soup that I don't cook with now.  They also may not be up to current standards for photos and recipe format.  In the end I decided to include those recipes because they do have some fans, and I'll be working on updating them over the next few months.

Pictured at the top of this post is one of my very favorite casseroles to make when I have leftover turkey at Thanksgiving, but you can also make it with chicken any time of year.  This Brown Rice Casserole with Leftover Turkey, Mushrooms, Sour Cream, Cheese, and Thyme is loaded with flavor.

This Greek-Inspired Leftover Brown Rice Casserole with Red Pepper, Onions, and Feta is a great way to use leftover brown rice, and it's a nice side dish for any type of roasted or grilled meat.  I'd also eat this as a meatless main dish with a green salad on the side.

I'm always hearing from readers who've tried this Easy Baked Pesto Chicken and it quickly became a favorite for me as well.  This is a good option for phase one, or for other phases you could eat it with some rice to soak up the tasty sauce.

A casserole from the past that's very tasty is this Chicken with Asparagus and Three Cheeses.  I did update this once to make it a bit lighter than the original version, but it's still probably a "once-in-a-while-treat" if you're dieting.

Finally, the last casserole I posted was this Better-than-Mom's Chicken, Broccoli, and Quinoa Casserole with Creamy Curry Sauce, which shot right to the top of my personal list of favorite casseroles.  This recipe definitely reflects the kind of casserole I'd like now, adding nutritious quinoa and making a sauce with no canned soup.  If you haven't tried this one yet, I highly recommend it!

Are casseroles something you cook at your house?  If so, I'd love to hear in the comments about your favorite casserole combinations.
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41 comments:

  1. Even though I live in New England, I don't make nearly enough hearty casseroles to combat the chilly weather. I've already bookmarked the Greek-inspired brown rice one; that looks perfect.

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  2. I was already planning to make your pesto chicken this weekend, but now I'm even more excited to try it!

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  3. thank you thank you thank you thank you! i am always looking for south beach recipes that are family friendly. casseroles and slow cooker recipe save me during the week but i don't want anything that is loaded with cream of something soup. these are perfect!

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  4. I really love casseroles. For some reason when I was a kiddo I thought they were 'gross'... kids ?! Now I love them... I've come up with a few fun ones I posted about on my blog. One with sweet pot, black beans, quinoa & chicken and another with brown rice, sausage and spinach. Both made cheesey w. one cup of pureed cottage cheese.

    I really want to try out your broc chicken curry casserole... I'm totally on a curry kick right now!

    Happy Friday Kalyn :)

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  5. YUM! I love casseroles and I'm so glad you added this section. Off to explore now :)

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  6. I'm so glad people are liking the casseroles and the new section.

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  7. I also love casseroles, but am Lactose intolerant. I also like to watch my weight. How about some recipes with these challenges?

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  8. Lidia, will keep an eye out for casserole without cheese, but there are already some options there that would work for you and many more where the cheese could easily be left off the top.

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  9. That Baked Chicken Pesto sounds so quick to make and delicious.

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  10. How great to have a new category for cassroles! Most of the ones I make are egg-based casseroles for breakfast or brunch, but I love the idea of using leftover brown rice as the basis of some great vegetarian dishes.

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  11. Helene, the Baked Pesto Chicken is about as easy as it gets, and still really tasty.

    Lydia, thanks. I always cook as much brown rice as my rice maker will make and keep the extra in the freezer for casseroles!

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  12. The Baked Pesto Chicken is easy and so tasty. It's become a nearly weekly meal in my house (my 3 year old even likes it!) I can't wait to try out some of the other casseroles.

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  13. Joanna, thanks! Always great to hear that.

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  14. Big fan of casseroles or one pot dishes too. I occasionally do the extra caloric versions, but have trimmed my fat content tremendously, as you have. Now that I have a rice cooker, I can cook up a big batch of rice or quinoa, use my slow cooker to cook beans, add fresh ingredients, fresh herbs and a little high impact flavor ingredients like feta or parmesan and viloa- a lovely, tasty dish.

    Kalyn, you always inspire me and I love your recipes. Thank goodness for your blog. Oh, and...more casseroles please. ;o)

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  15. CJ, thanks so much! And more casseroles will be coming.

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  16. That pesto chicken sounds like one my family would love.

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  17. Barbara, I think it's been a hit with everyone who's tried it!

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  18. I could dig into all five of them.

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  19. I have a category for casseroles, but now that you mention it, I'm wondering when the last time I actually looked to see what was listed there! You've got some yummy ones here. The make it and freeze it idea does come in handy, doesn't it? Does lasagna count as a casserole? That's what is in my freezer.

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  20. Thanks Kalyn! I really appreciate the "made-over" casseroles from the SouSh Beach philosophy.

    We are so busy! Sometimes I just don't have time to grill or prepare meat, fix two vegetables or one and a salad. Casseroles were my busy life go-to until South Beach complicated my meal planning (and helped me lose weight!) Thanks!

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  21. Great post, thanks for the recipe round-up! I must also say, your photography is SO GREAT!

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  22. I love casseroles. But low carb recipes are hard to find. Also, like you, I don't use canned soups. Printing out recipes now! Thanks for the printable formatting.

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  23. I love seeing casserole recipes. It's great to be able to get several meals for myself.

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  24. Nice! My wife makes the best chicken and cheese casserole, but we'll have to give a few of these others a shot.

    Especially the turkey one- leftovers are what make Thanksgiving one of my favorite holidays!

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  25. Thanks for all the nice comments about these casseroles. (I was off on a jaunt with friends yesterday, so most of these comments got posted by iPhone, but it was fun to read them during the day!)

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  26. Hi, Kalyn-
    I posted this post on casseroles on my FB business page to send my readers to you- this is a great, great post! I often will pop up a blog post from one of my fellow foodies for my group members. I tell them I'll find the yummy stuff for them so they don't have to!

    Thanks for a great bunch of recipes.

    Lisa.

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  27. Lisa, thanks! Definitely appreciate that.

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  28. Nice casserole roundup! That chicken with asparagus one will go perfectly with the asparagus that will be showing up sometime soon.

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  29. Thanks Kevin. I'm getting excited for fresh asparagus!

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  30. I was so excited to stumble upon your blog today! My husband's doctor has told him he must cut out all bread, potaotes, rice and pasta. Of course I immediately looked up South Beach and came across you. I was so worried about boring side dishes in my future, but I've already printed several yummy looking ones here. Thank you for sharing with all of us!

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  31. Jenny, you're so welcome. Glad the blog is helpful for you.

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  32. I was so glad to accidentally come across your website....looking so forward to all of your recipes.

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  33. Dreamsoaps, I'm sure you meant to be helpful, but none of these recipes contain canned soup.

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  34. I understand that none of the ones you posted contain canned soup, but you talked about not posting others because they DID you canned soup...I thought the link I gave you might help with some additional casseroles you might want to post.

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  35. Thanks for bring thoughtful but the "homemade" canned soup has flour which is an ingredient I try to avoid.

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