Healthy casserole recipes are lifesavers when you’ve got a million and one things on your mind and cooking elaborate meals isn’t one of them. Stressful times call for big batches of simple dishes that are easy to throw together, and don’t take long to make or reheat. With one of these in the fridge (or freezer), a satisfying breakfast, lunch, or dinner is always just minutes away.
In general, meals that feature a flavorful mix of proteins, carbs, fats, and veggies or fruits are the most likely to fill you up, Jessica Jones, M.S., R.D., certified diabetes educator and cofounder of Food Heaven, previously told SELF. And casseroles are a particularly convenient way to combine a variety of flavorful ingredients from the different food groups into one delicious, hearty dish. Think a breakfast casserole with eggs, sausage, and broccoli, or a shepherd’s pie filled with veggies and lentils for dinner. Whatever your taste or dietary preferences, it’s not hard to find a satiating, deep-dish casserole that you’ll enjoy.
These 40 healthy casserole recipes won’t take long to make or leave you feeling hungry. Do yourself a favor and set a day aside to prepare and freeze a couple of them for way later. That way, you can simply grab and reheat a serving (or pan) as needed. With any luck, these casseroles will keep you off of kitchen duty for a few weeks!
A note about the word healthy here: We know that healthy is a complicated concept. Not only can it mean different things to different people, it’s a word that’s pretty loaded (and sometimes fraught), thanks to the diet industry’s influence on the way we think about food. At SELF, when we talk about food being healthy, we’re primarily talking about foods that are nutritious, filling, and satisfying. But it also depends on your preferences, your culture, what’s accessible to you, and so much more. We selected these recipes with those basic criteria in mind, while also trying to appeal to a wide variety of nutritional needs and taste buds.