My kids are fairly good eaters but they certainly are picky about certain things especially depending on their current moods. But one menu option they never complain about are my casseroles. I try to make these kinds of meals at least twice a week. The beauty of casseroles from a mommy’s point of view is I can stick anything healthy in there and they will still eat it. It’s my best way to have my son devour a vegetable or chewy piece of meat he would otherwise avoid. I often follow cookbook recipes but here are three of my own versions of casseroles that my family enjoys weekly. The key to all of them is a little bit of cheese!
Chicken (or Pork), broccoli and brown rice or quinoa:
- Bake, boil, broil or use already made chicken
- Cook brown rice or use already made brown rice (or quinoa)
- Steam fresh or frozen broccoli
- Mix all together in a dish, add some greek yogurt to help stick together, top with cheddar cheese and whole wheat saltines (or even better, bran flakes) and bake until cheese is melted. DELICIOUS!
Whole grain or brown rice penne, fresh sauce with ground turkey and a veggie
- Cook ground turkey
- Boil pasta
- Steam any veggies (my favorites are zucchini/squash/asparagus/spinash)
- Mix all together in a dish (put a bit of cheese inside to help stick together), top with mozzarella cheese and sauce and bake until cheese is melted.
- Top with a bit of freshly grated parmesan once served.
Ground or flank steak, brown rice, (and black beans) and peppers
- Cook meat as needed
- Cook brown rice or use already made brown rice
- Chop up red/yellow/green bell peppers and/or even corn is yummy
- Can of black beans
- Mix all together in a dish (put a tiny bit of cheese inside to help stick together), top with cheddar cheese and chopped up whole grain tortilla and bake.
- Make sure you add a bit of salsa on top once served!
What are some of your favorite casserole dishes for your family?